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A Look Back at 2017!

Dear Beloved Community,

I’d like to start by thanking you for your generous support which has helped us sustain and expand the work that we do.  After serving over a year as Executive Director it has become very clear to me how much our work impacts the lives of our boys and young men of color.

Much has happened at BOTR this past year. Our direct service programming has served 287 youth at ten different sites. We’ve taken over 180 youth to nine fieldtrips. Our field trips allow us to bring together participants and interns from different neighborhoods of Oakland and engage them in a positive outdoor adventure. We are currently supporting 11 high school seniors as they prepare for graduation in 2018.  What’s more we are consulting with other service providers, sharing ways that boys and young men can reach their full potential.

Having had the opportunity to fully dive into this work this year I feel better prepared to plan what’s next for BOTR. We are looking at closing out the 2017-18 school year and celebrating the success of our youth by inviting families to join us at their program closing ceremonies. We are planning a more rigorous and far-reaching summer program. We are embarking on a strategic planning process informed by a newly invigorated vision, mission, and values.

We have also had a shift in our yearly events. We’ll start off 2018 joining Running for a Better Oakland in training to run in the Oakland Running Festival. We aim to register 50 BOTR kids.  We’ll have our 10 year anniversary community celebration in May of 2018. Stay tuned for information on these upcoming events.

We could not be in the position we are in today if not for your donations. Please take a moment to consider making a heartfelt donation to BOTR. Whenever I see a donation come in, I feel you all standing with me as we move forward, and it inspires us to keep going. Make a donation today with the Donate button below.  You can also contact us by phone to make a credit card donation.  That number is 510-559-1590 x.101.  I’d also like to hear from you directly if there is anything you’d like to share with me. I can be reached at


There are many ways to send your donation, including by clicking below to contribute with credit card.

You can also make a financial donation by check. Checks should be made payable to Brothers on the Rise, and mailed to:

Brothers on the Rise
2700 International Blvd. Ste. 30
Oakland, CA 94601

Finally, you can contact BOTR at 510-559-1590 x.101 to donate via phone.

In-Kind & Sponsorships

In-Kind Donations, especially Wish List items, are greatly appreciated.

Want to host a fundraising house party? Get your company involved in corporate giving? Both are wonderful ways to support our programs. Please contact Daniel Vasquez at to speak about supporting Brothers on the Rise with development and fundraising.

Thanks so much for your support!