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Barbara Lee

Civic Pride
Honorary Co-Chair


Oakland Vice Mayor
The Sandre' Swanson Foundation

Civic Pride
Honorary Co-Chair 

Joe Haraburda, CEO (Retired)
Oakland Metropolitan
Chamber of Commerce
Civic Pride
Honorary Co-Chair

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Organizational Highlights


      CIVIC PRIDE is a 501c(3) not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing youth the opportunities to develop responsible leadership and citizenship skills. We are proud to have received recognition from The White House, United States Congress, California Senate, Mayors, and the California House of Representatives for this very exciting work. At Civic Pride, we believe that creating young people who are intelligent, caring, and responsible is everyone’s business.  Our youth cannot do it alone. Therefore, with broad-based private and public partnerships as well as thousands of volunteer hours, middle and high school students are able to participate in activities that develop and reinforce the skills, attitudes, and behaviors they need to be successful in school, college, the workplace and within our community. Thus, through the power of partnerships, Civic Pride has pioneered the following innovative programs and initiatives:

  1. In 1989, began the Youth Art & Essay Contest that has, to-date, involved thousands of Oakland Public School students in depicting positive images of their community, and, more importantly, how they can participate and make it better.
  2. In 1990, organized the free Civic Pride Family & Community Resource Faire, spearheaded a media campaign to highlight the positive elements of Oakland, and implemented the first Oakland-based School Supply Give-Away now being replicated throughout the City.
  3. In 1991 worked with the Oakland City Council to pass a resolution proclaiming November as Civic Pride Month in the City of Oakland. Also, launched the Civic Awards recognition program for Community Service.
  4. Since 1994, thousands of dollars in college scholarships has been awarded through the Youth Ambassador Scholarship Program where students are mentored throughout their college experience.
  5. In 1995, appeared in the nationally syndicated cartoon strip Wee Pals and local media.
  6. In 1997, coordinated efforts with the Oakland Board of Education to pass a resolution recognizing the need for civic education throughout the K-12 curriculum.
  7. In 2004 and 2005, hosted the ‘Connecting the Dots: Creating High Performance K-12 Schools’ Education Conference to promote the benefits of engaging students in civic activities.  Congresswoman Barbara Lee and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell served as honorary co-chairs.
  8. In 2005 and 2006, worked with the Alameda County Office of Education and the Peralta College District to pass  resolutions proclaiming November as Civic Pride Month.
  9. In 2006, launched the 'Knowledge is Power' Youth Leadership Conference.
  10. In 2007, worked with Alameda County to allow poll workers to donate stipends to a charity of their choosing, and began the CivicMatters Initiative that raises awareness of issues adversely impacting adolescents and teens. Thus, the Youth Leadership Awards Program for community service was born and targets middle and high school students.
  11. In 2009, worked with the Emery Unified School District to pass a resolution proclaiming November as Civic Pride Month.
  12. In 2010, began working with schools and districts to require and improve the community service experiences of middle and high school students. 

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