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Brothers on the Rise
1470 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601
Phone: 510-599-3582
Fax: 510-261-2968

Brothers on the Rise

Brothers on the Rise is a dual direct service-systems change organization which responsibly empowers male youth to achieve individual success, develop healthy relationships and contribute to a more just and equitable society. We accomplish this through comprehensive gender-responsive, culturally appropriate, preventive, pipeline programs that directly serve boys and young men of color. We also provide capacity building for schools, nonprofits and public agencies through training, coaching, curriculum development, consulting, convening, research and writing – all empowering the community towards more effective and equitable practice. Through these programs, BOTR and its partners help to raise, educate and develop boys into responsible, peaceful, caring and productive young men. Brothers on the Rise is based in Oakland with programs impacting youth, families, teachers and providers throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Now recruiting for the 2014-2015 School Year! Refer a 3rd-8th grade male youth for the East Oakland based Brothers, UNITE! program! All forms available here: English flier, Spanish flier, English referral, Spanish referral.

To enroll your child in school year 2014-2015 after school programs in East Oakland or the Fruitvale/Laurel District, write us now at or call 510-325-4886 for English or Spanish assistance.

Now recruiting for the 2014-2016 Lift a Brother Up career development program! Young men in 11th grade for school year 2014-15 are encouraged to apply - program includes job training and paid internship within BOTR and then with community partners.

Lift a brother Up program.
This two year program takes young men through high school graduation to college and entry to health, human services and other community benefit careers. All forms available here: English flier, Spanish flier, Program Application (English), Program Application (Spanish).

Sign up for the 2014-2015 Mental Health Learning Community: curriculum, training, consultation & convening so providers can lead counseling groups for older elementary & middle school male youth of color.

Contract for help.
Learning community launches October 2014! Summary. Details. Register now! Call 510-599-3582 or write for more information.

Additionally, BOTR provides - free for most in Alameda County - training, curricula, coaching, consultation, convening, research & writing. Contact us to bring BOTR to you.

BOTR contributes to the Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) movement through valuable research and writing. We are also available to present at conferences.

BYMOC Here is a training manual on culturally competent counseling with African American male youth. Here is a research synthesis on out of school time work with BYMOC. Here is a SFSU Cesar Chavez Institute article about this project. Contact us to collaborate!

Visit BOTR's You Tube channel to see our latest manhood training/media production projects, including the 2014 summer music video "My Voice Matters."

My Voice Matters
Visit our You Tube for other songs and films produced over the last 6 years by BOTR youth, and to see TV feature stories about the powerful work we do!

​​View our 2014-15 music video ​​from Lazear Charter Academy entitled, "A Real Man."

A Real Man

Watch our amazing Brothers, UNITE! / Lift a Brother Up
Summer 2013 video entitled, "Rising Above the Violence."

Rising above the violence

Listen to BOTR’s first CD single release,
“We are all College Bound!”

We are all College Bound!

Brothers on the Rise Video by Youth Uprising

Great video! Learn more here.

View the Boys’ Digital Stories!

Brothers on the Rise - in the news!

Journal: BOTR co-authored article on our model applied to college men of color program at Iowa State University.

Youth Newspaper: BOTR authored article on new African American Male Achievement Director for Oakland schools.

TV: Brothers on the Rise wins Jefferson Award, July, 2009.

Newspaper: “Inside the Activist’s Studio” panel with KQED’s Michasel Krasny.

Online news: Op-ed addressing gender and culturally responsive work with male youth in Youth Today.

More news.

Proud graduates

Proud Program Graduates.


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