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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.

BOTR runs community based manhood training programs which build literacy, life skills & leadership for 3rd-8th grade males at Oakland parks and recreation centers in San Antonio, Fruitvale and East Oakland. For 9-12th grade males interested in health and human service careers we have a paid internship program - Lift a Brother Up.

Cascading mentorship model.
Now recruiting: 3rd-9th graders for after school programs, and a 5 week summer program at Oakland Parks & Rec Centers. Click for summer English flier & referral, and Spanish flier & referral. Also seeking: 10th & 11th grade young men for our 2 year career development program. Click for English flier & application, and Spanish flier & application. Contact Frederick Douglass Mesa at or 510-325-4886 for our rec center programs & Cesar Barragan at or 510-928-4814 for our career program.

BOTR's program models have been implemented in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties using our facilitator guides, training, observation, coaching & consultation.

Contract for help.
BOTR provides capacity building: training, coaching, consultation & convening to empower schools and agencies to better serve male youth of color. Through a partnership with Alameda County, we offer FREE training on effective, equitable, therapeutic, and youth development grounded work with African American males. Contact Jon Gilgoff at, 510-599-3582 to collaborate.

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!

Join our Coming of Age Campaign - Independence Phase by contributing to BOTR through East Bay Gives on Tuesday, May 3rd, or by making a donation anytime through June 30th. Our goal is $10,000 in individual gifts - help us reach it today!

Annual winter benefit.
2016 is an important year for BOTR. During this time we will separate from our fiscal sponsor to become a fully independent organization and grow our programs to impact more youth, families, schools and agencies. Support BOTR today with a tax deductible donation or consider joining our board or committees.

Visit BOTR's You Tube channel to see our latest manhood training/media production projects, including the 2015 summer music video "What is Oakland..."

What is Oakland
Visit our You Tube for other songs and films produced by BOTR youth, and to see other videos about the powerful work we do!

Listen to our 2014-15 song "Bruhs" and view the accompanying slide show!


View our 2014 summer music video "My Voice Matters."

My Voice Matters

​​View our 2013-14 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.

Online news: Indybay article on Trail Brothers trip with Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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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