United Roots Oakland


United Roots engages and empowers marginalized youth in socially innovative ways.We accomplish this by providing:

  • Arts and media training, instilling confidence and developing talents
  • Career and workforce development, cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Community engagement, building bridges to local organizations and employers
  • Wellness services, creating a safe, sustainable environment for youth to heal and grow

Our youth programs are conducted in English. We have some staff that speak Spanish, but we don't offer instruction in Spanish.

United Roots is a wheel-chair accessible facility. However, our youth programs do not have interpreters for deaf people or materials for blind people. United Roots does not have the ability to serve young people with severe mental or emotional needs.

All programs are free to young adults ages 13-24. Some programs have an application and interview process, with limited availability for enrollment.


Galen Silvestri
Executive Director