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After completing intake forms, young men commit to a one on one life coaching process similar to case management but with a strong relational and mentoring component. We establish goals and action steps towards tangible goals such as enrolling in school or finding employment. We also do work on character development and spiritual growth towards becoming whole and healthy people.

Leadership Training

We recruit emerging leaders from East Oakland age 18-30 to participate in a leadership development process.  This includes training, mentoring and action.  Each participant launches their own program that fits with their passion and skills and serves East Oakland, such as a music studio, peace walks, basketball teams, an activist club and more.

wisdom for manhood

OLC hosts a weekly discussion and transformation group for young men. We tackle topics such as conflict resolution, resiliency, trauma, community development, peacemaking, and more.


This music studio mentors at-risk youth in East Oakland through music. 18-28 year olds are invited to learn how to create beats and music in our studio.  Participants are taught a simple lesson and then invited to create their own music each day.  We feature Mac computers in a beautiful studio at 5310 Fairfax Avenue next to our headquarters.

oakland independent basketball league

OLC partnered with Trybe 5 years ago to launch the OIBL (Oakland Independent Basketball League).  This unique league is free or very low cost to serve young men 18-30 in Oakland.  We feature motivational speakers such as local pastors or community leaders.  Our model develops young leaders through Team Captains who work closely to form the league rules and give leadership to their own teams.  Read more here.

OLC Youth Basketball

Coming in the Fall of 2017, OLC will sponsor a youth basketball program starting with 2 AAU teams.  “Our mission is to teach discipline, resilience, empathy and leadership to boys and young men in Oakland through the game of basketball.” Details will be coming soon...