Partnering Agencies

The "urban poor" have such diverse, beautiful, and at times heart-breaking stories.  Throughout the summer, cohorts of BayUP interns will have the opportunity to live, serve, and learn from a particular pocket of the urban poor - urban youth and families, commercially sexually exploited children, immigrants, refugees, those without reliable shelter, and those battling with addictions.  There are countless ways to serve the urban poor and it is my prayer that together, we will allow God to inspire us to dream, to advocate, and to work towards shalom in creative, holistic, and empowering ways! Regardless of their faith affiliations, each partnering agency has been chosen for the holistic nature of their programs.    

Homelessness & Substance-Abuse

City Team - Faith-based agency providing crisis care, education & vocational training, job & housing placement, recovery program for the homeless and men struggling with substance abuse.  BayUP interns will live and serve incarnationally at this site. cityteam
Empower - Christian organizing campaign against human trafficking and urban gun violence. BayUP interns will be trained to organize around these issues. LifeLines 
BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) - Provide shelters/transitional homes, medical & mental health services, vocational training & employment, children's learning programs, and homelessness-related campaigns.  BayUP interns will assist staff in organize and implement programs on siteBOSS  

Immigrants & Refugees

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant -
 Support, protect, and advocate for refugees and immigrants through legal services, community development, and education programs.  BayUP interns will assist staff in working on legal cases as well as educational programs for clients. EastBaySanctuary
Street Level Health Project - Improve health and wellbeing of uninsured, underinsured, and underserved urban immigrant communities through free healthcare and empowerment programs.  SLHP
Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice - State-wide faith-based organizing campaign that aims to end poverty wage and advocate for immigrant rights. BayUP interns will gain organizing skills around this issue. CLUE

Urban Youth Programs

Project Re-Connect - Serve to reconnect youth (12-18yrs. old) referred by the Juvenile Justice System to their families, schools, and communities through counseling, workshops, parenting classes, and other youth activities.  BayUP interns will support staff in facilitating a Family Life Program at Camp Sweeney (Juvenile Hall) as well as mentoring their clients.  PRC

College Track - A national educational organization committed to empowering underserved communities to fulfill their dream of a college degree through comprehensive support of students up to 10 years (from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation). BayUP interns will assist staff in welcoming and supporting a new cohort of upcoming 9th graders in their summer program. CollegeTrack

Freedom School - Summer literary program designed to develop academic, cultural, and self confidence of African American youth (5-13yrs. old) in low-income communities.  For reasons of cultural relevance, we will only place African American BayUP interns to teach at this site. FreedomSchool

Environmental/Food Justice

People's Groceries - Build local food system that improves the health and economy of West Oakland through urban agriculture programs, community education, and leadership development. BayUP interns will work in gardens, do community outreach, and support local leaders in their social enterprises. PeoplesGroceries (Clink here to watch video by BayUP'12)