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Shinnyo-en Foundation supports  Brothers on the Rise.

Meet Their Team – Join Their Cause

Join Brothers on the Rise (BOTR) Thursday, November 3rd between 6-9 PM at Montclair Bistro as they celebrate their 4th year empowering male youth in Oakland. Please RSVP here.  Please also see their facebook page for event details!   Free admission and appetizers, raffle, and celebrity bartenders, featuring Councilwoman Libby Schaaf and adult members of the BOTR team.  Meet staff, volunteers and Board members and consider getting involved, including participation on our Board of Directors. A portion of proceeds benefit BOTR.  If you are unable to attend this event, but want to make a secure donation, please visit their website.    Read more

Holiday House Party

Save the date:  Saturday, 12/3

Time:               1-4 PM

What:  Holiday House Party hosted by Karen and Arnold Perkins, a BOTR 2011 Man of the Year.  They will feature a fun wine tasting theme. Details coming soon!

Brothers, UNITE! Literacy, Life Skills and Leadership Program

Their summer 2011 Brothers, UNITE! Program was a huge success.  Please check out their amazing video; one of their “Lift a Brother Up” youth interns produced this video entitled “Teaching Young Men New Directions.” 

For the school year 2011-12, they are excited about their new partnerships at Millsmont Academy with Girls, Inc., AmeriCorps and Aspire.  Through this program, they have a new focus on literacy to complement life skills and leadership, especially for grades K-3.  With their pipeline now expanded to kindergarten, their vision of a K-12 pipeline serving males aged 6-18 has now been realized! Pictured are the three BOTR AmeriCorps Group Leaders that they warmly welcome!

Happy Belated Brothers on the Rise Day & Congrats To Our Men of the Year!

On June 8, 2011, Brothers on the Rise celebrated its 3rd year anniversary and honored Odell Johnson and Arnold Perkins for its inaugural Men of the Year awards.  Also honored were Mayor Jean Quan as their Sister Ally of the Year, and three BOTR youth, including Jachai O’Guinn who is pictured right.  After three years as a participant, Jachai became a Counselor in Training as part of their “Lift a Brother Up” college and career readiness initiative.  Through BOTR, Jachai has made great behavioral and academic gains, and now had his first job helping other boys.  In honor of BOTR’s service to Oakland and leadership in boys empowerment work, the City of Oakland and Mayor Jean Quan’s office presented them with a proclamation declaring June 8th as Brothers on the Rise Day.  Happy belated BOTR Day everyone and they wish to thank you for your support! 

Get Involved with BOTR! 

Pictured here is Kurt Hamilton, a Management and Coordination Volunteer, who dedicates 20 hours a week at their home office.  He’s also a member of their Board Development Committee and has worked with BOTR boys through their Men’s Speaker’s Series.  To get involved or to bring BOTR programs to a site near you, please contact them or visit their website for more information. 

They also have a Wish List of non-monetary donations.  However you choose, they askyou’re your support this valuable work of empowering boys into responsible, peaceful and productive young men. They ask that you join their cause and be a part of this movement.       

BOTR Corporate & Private Philanthropy Support

Brothers on the Rise welcomes their newest supporters: Shinnyo-en Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Community Benefit Programs, Yahoo Employee Foundation, June and Julian Foss Foundation.  Thanks to Clorox for including BOTR in their Foundation’s annual report as a featured grantee. 

Upcoming Events

Celebrity Bartender Friendraiser Event

Thursday, 11/3, 6-9 PM at Montclair Bistro.  

Free entry, appetizers and a raffle.  Featuring Councilwoman Libby Schaaf.

The proceeds from bar sales benefit BOTR.  RSVP here.

Oakland’s Policy Link: Addressing the Needs of Boys and Men of Color

Read about a local and national leader in the field, and the policy work related to BOTR’s core mission.

Develop the Boys

Work With Their Young Men

  • Participate in their Men’s Speaker’s Series
  • BOTR seeks Interns to help with their counseling program.  Supervision towards licensure and stipends are available.  Write with your interest here.

Please click here for more information about Brothers on the Rise!