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.

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News & Updates

News and Announcements

August/October: With our partnership with “My New Red Shoes,” we provided new shoes to all of our summer 2017 participants. We also provided two gift cards to our school year participants. $50 gift card to Old Navy and a $25 to Payless. We have partnered with Oakland Symphony this year and we will be providing

BOTR New Office Space

Brothers on the Rise has relocated to a new office space. On October 1st we moved into our new location, located at: 2700 International Blvd, Ste. 30, Oakland, CA 94601.  We moved into a building that is ADA compliant, has ample parking in a lot, and will offer us a layout that will promote creativity

Trip to Tilden Regional Park

              Brothers on the Rise  took the opportunity of the no-school day on Friday, November 10, 2017 to vary from our usual programming to have a day trip with meals provided. We honored Native American Life as well as give participants an opportunity to get out into nature and learn

Our Work

Direct Services

BOTR serves male youth aged 8-17 through Brothers, UNITE! and Lift a Brother Up. Offered year round at Oakland schools and parks, these initiatives build literacy, life skills, leadership, and career skills. The Brothers, UNITE! manhood training program for boys is led by caring adult male leaders assisted by young men acting as paid interns within Lift a Brother Up. This powerful cascading mentoring model creates a pipeline to personal, academic and professional success.

Systems Change

BOTR develops resources that ensures schools, non-profits, public agencies, and professionals can maximally support youth development, with a specific focus on boys and young men of color (BYMOC). Through research, community engagement efforts, strategy development, and capacity building, we employ systems-thinking theories to foster partnerships that positively impact individual organizations, organizational networks, and the community at large.