Partnering Agencies

The "urban poor" have such diverse, beautiful, and at times heart-breaking stories.  Marginalization looks different for different communities.  Throughout the summer, cohorts of BayUP interns will have the opportunity to live, serve, advocate, and learn from a particular pocket of disadvantaged communities - urban youth and families, commercially sexually exploited children, immigrants, refugees, those without reliable shelter, and those battling with addictions.  There are countless ways to stand in solidarity and seek justice together. 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 those without shelter and men struggling with substance abuse.  BayUP interns will live and serve incarnationally at this site. cityteam

Empower - Faith-based organizing campaign, under City Team, working to fight against human trafficking and urban gun violence. BayUP interns will be trained to organize around these issues. LifeLines 

BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) - Assist homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency through shelters/transitional homes, medical & mental health services, vocational training & employment, children's learning programs, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness through homelessness-related campaigns.  BayUP interns will assist staff in organize and implement programs. BOSS  

Immigrants & Refugees

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant - Offers sanctuary, solidarity, support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence. BayUP interns will assist staff in working on legal cases, community outreach, and educational programs for clients.  Spanish speakers not required but preferred. EastBaySanctuary

Street Level Health Project - To improve health and wellbeing of uninsured, underinsured, and underserved urban immigrant communities through (1) free health screening and navigation program, (2) temporary assistance in food, clothing, and social support, (3) community outreach and education, (4) advocacy and coalition building. SLHP

Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice - State-wide faith-based organizing campaign that aims to end low wage poverty and advocate for immigrant rights by building a faith-rooted movement for economic and racial justice. BayUP interns will gain organizing skills around these issues. 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 - A national 5-week summer literacy and cultural enhancement program serving 120 students, predominately black youth ages 5-14.  The program serves to address the achievement gap, promote positive cultural and racial self-image, and deliver culturally relevant academic curriculum.  For reasons of cultural relevance, we will only place African American BayUP interns 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