Oakland Promise Youth Leadership Award


What is an Opyla?

In partnership with the City of Oakland and East Bay College Fund, ​t​he Oakland Promise Youth
Leadership Awards launched in 2016 with the goal of supporting emerging Oakland leaders
while engaging anchor youth organizations and dedicated corporations in our community.
 
Through the Youth Leadership program, scholars receive a college scholarship, college
completion services, as well as leadership development opportunities throughout their college
careers. Together, our community will create cohorts of high-achieving scholars who ​will ​inspire
the next generation of Oakland youth and help foster a college-going culture in our city. 
 
 
 

Meet our 2017 Youth Leaders!


 

Alexis Smith

   Metwest High School/ Sonoma State University


                                           

Ana Lapota

Coliseum College Preparatory Academy/ University of California Los Angeles


 

Calvin Cheung

Oakland High School/ University of California San Diego


 

Adan Mena-Sanchez

Castlemont High School/ University of California Merced


 

Alejandra Rodriguez Diaz

LPS Oakland/ University of California Merced


 

De’sean Neabeack-Brantley

McClymonds High School/ University of California Berkeley


 

Bianca Perez

Coliseum College Preparatory Academy/ California State University of East Bay


 

Dariyona Bridges

Oakland High School/ Dillard University 


 

Gisel Juarez

Oakland Charter High School/ San Jose State University 


 

Abhilash Dhivar

Oakland High School/ San Francisco State University


 

Elizabeth Saetern

Oakland High School/ University of California Santa Cruz


 

Dahayan Johnson

Ralph J Bunch High School/ Laney College


 

Kyndal Hampton

Skyline High School/ Howard University 


 

Eduardo Valdes-Garcia

Fremont High School/ University of California Davis


 

Kyle Dent 

Lighthouse Community Charter High School/ University of California Santa Barbara


 

Fernando Mendoza

Park Madison Academy/ University of California Merced


 

 

Pema Lhamo 

Oakland High School/ College of St. Benedict 


 

Julissa Perez Lima

Aspire Golden State College Preparatory Academy/University of California Davis


 

Monica Vazquez

McClymonds High School/ University of California Davis 


 

Maria Prado Cuevas

Arise High School/ University of California Davis 


 

Martha Lopez Rosas

Coliseum College Preparatory Academy/ California State University Chico


 

Jason Le

Oakland High School/ San Jose State University 


 

Quaylin Wesley

McClymonds High School/ San Jose State University 


 

Ruth Ann Noy

Oakland High School/University of California San Diego


 

Samar Saeed

McClymonds High School/ University of California Berkeley


 

Que’aire Anderson 

Madison Park Academy/ University of California Santa Barbara


 

Serenity Williams 

McClymonds High School/ California State University Sacramento


 

Suzette Zaragoza

Coliseum College Preparatory Academy/ Chabot College


 

Stephany Pacheco

Lionel Wilson College Prep/ University of California Merced


 

Sonia Perez

Coliseum College Preparatory Academy/California State University Channel Islands


 

Zanin David 

Oakland High School/ Merritt College


 

Ton Saeteurn

Oakland High School/ Humboldt State University 


 

Thuy Vi Hinh

Oakland High School/ University of California Davis 


 

Yesenia Hernandez

Oakland Unity High School/ Sonoma State University 


* We would like to encourage the entire community to get involved in supporting an emerging youth leader. For more information, please contact Arbour Decker, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at arbour@eastbaycollegefund.org