The Problem We’re Solving
Many student-athletes encounter challenges in trying to graduate high school, or attend a college or university of their choice, because of:
- Lack of positive role models in their community or school
- Lack of information regarding the college application process
- Limited access to college preparatory programs
- Reduced expectations from their community
- Inadequate preparation due to poor educational facilities and resources
In our community too many Oakland students are under-performing:
- Less than 17% of African American students are proficient in English and math
- Only 37% of black and brown students graduate
- Less than 25% of African American males graduate college-ready
How We Help
Our student-athlete development programs steer young people away from crime, alcohol and drugs and guide them down a different path.
We’re 100% redefining the notion of a student-athlete in Oakland.
of our college-bound students are from low-income families
of our students are first-generation college-bound students
increased college readiness
high school graduation rate
accepted to a college or university of their choice
SPAAT students have secured millions of dollars in academic and athletic scholarships.
What Do Our Students Say?
- 90% feel they do more classwork
- 89% feel greater connections to caring adults
- 89% feel they have increased confidence and self-esteem
- 90% feel they have improved decision-making and goal setting
- 100% feel they have learned skills they will need in the future
Our College & Career Performance Initiative maps out our future.
Our 4-year goal is to expand our programs to serve every high school and middle school in the Oakland Unified School District.
This plan includes:
- Serving a minimum of 2,300 district students and families
- Increasing student attendance and graduation rates
- Increasing CSU/UC (a-g) completion rates
- Increasing a college-going culture and college completion rates
- Increasing parent involvement and engagement
- Increasing the number of students receiving academic and athletic scholarships