Mission: OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF EAST OAKLAND CAN FEEL SECURE AS THEY LEARN LIFE SKILLS, ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND BIULD SELF ESTEMM IN PREPARATION FOR THEIR FUTURES.
Programs: SINCE 1987, THE EAST OAKLAND BOXING ASSOCIATION HAS SERVED OVER 20,000 YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES. BOXING IS THE DRAW FOR YOUTH. ONCE THROUGH THE DOORS, THEY ARE MET WITH POSITIVE ADULT MENTORS WHO GUIDE THEM TO MAKE POSITIVE LIFE CHOICES. SMARTMOVES OF THE EOBA IS THE MANDATORY ACADEMIC AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAM FOR YOUTH AGES 5-13. PROGRAMS INCLUDE ACADEMIC TUTORING INTEGRATED WITH ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES SUCH AS ART, COMPUTERS, AND MOVEMENT. OTHER PROGRAMS INCLUDE ORGANIC GARDENING, HEALTH AND NUTRITION CLASSES, COOKING CLASSES, FIELD TRIPS, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION. THE EOBA ALSO PROVIDES A WORK-LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR TEENS AS WELL AS BOXING AND MARTIAL ART INSTRUCTION. ADDITIONALLY, THE EOBA HAS PARTNERED WITH OAKLAND SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM AND THE ALAMEDA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOOD BANK TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS EACH MONTH.
The kids in the EOBA are fantastic along with the staff members. We do fun activities such as take the kids to parks, play games and have a golf club along with the boxing club. We also have a good staff to help kids with there homework. Anything that the kids have trouble with we help them the best way we can. Then we have an amazing garden with lots of fruits and vegetables so that the kids can eat healthy and learn about nutrition. This program is very good and i recommend it to anyone who wants to join or interested in the EOBA program.
EOBA provides much needed services to the youth of East Oakland. From boxing to gardening, EOBA takes at-risk kids off the streets and on a path to academic and athletic achievement via several on and off site programs.
The EOBA is a safe and nurturing facility that provides physical education, tutoring, computer skills, leadership and mentorship free to youth and children under 20 years of age. I recently began volunteering here, but I've been aware of the program for many years. After interacting with the children, parents, staff and interns I was pleased to see that the facility is highly regarded in the community as haven for local children in need of a safe and developmental environment. Kudos to the new Executive Director Sarah Chavez for her passion and dedication to the children of Oakland!