Empowering promising Children to rise to their potential

For many of the children, youth, and families in our programs, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a catastrophic disruption to normal routines of life. Our local schools have struggled to provide quality distance learning, exposing the digital divide for how it’s been maintaining the achievement gap for some of our children and youth. Now more than ever, we need to nurture and equip promising children to rise to their God-given potential.

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Children Rising Presents

Hope For Children Now
Join us on May 14th for a magical evening outdoors at Children’s Fairyland! This iconic Oakland landmark on the edge of downtown Lake Merritt has welcomed children and families for over 70 years. We look forward to seeing you!

What will your legacy be?

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Children Rising Legacy Circle

Your future gift will instill hope and promise in our community for future generations. You can leave a legacy with a planned gift through your will, trust, IRA, or life insurance.

Our Programs

Our Programs

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Our programs help close the achievement gap by providing literacy skills, science learning experiences, and career mentoring and internships.

You can help a promising child rise above!

We make it easy! We will train you, match you with a child that needs you the most, and support you and your student!

The life you change may be your own!

Reading Tutor

60% of Oakland 3rd Graders read below grade-level average. For them, it’s more than just learning to read. It’s about reading to learn.

Math Tutor

One-on-one teaching helps struggling students learn math concepts.

Food Bagging

Students often go hungry over the weekend, and are unprepared to learn on Monday morning. Health4Kids provides a bag of nourishing food and recipes for children to take home from school every Friday.


Nearly 40% of Oakland high school students are dropping out. Be a role model – open their eyes to career opportunities through education.