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McClymonds Youth & Family Center

Community Programs at McClymonds High School:

Founded in 1915, McClymonds High School is the third oldest high school in Oakland and the only high school operated by the Oakland Unified School District in West Oakland. McClymonds currently serves approximately 265 students – 90% African-American, 4% Latino, and 3% Asian Pacific Islander; 54% are male and 46% female. 62% are eligible for free and reduced lunch and 5% are English Language Learners. Site strengths include strong collaborative partnerships with a history of investment in the school community and an infrastructure that supports collaboration, including an advisory body and an active alumni association.

Alternatives in Action’s Community Programs are housed in the McClymonds Youth & Family Center, which opened in February of 2011 on the school’s campus. The center features a dance studio, computer lab, and a community performance space with a roll-up door to encourage neighborhood curiosity.

Overview of Programs:

Alternatives in Action’s Community Programs at the McClymonds Youth & Family Center offer an array of diverse programming during the school year, including academic tutoring, courses in college & career preparation, peer mentoring, multi-media, literary, visual & musical arts, cascading youth leadership training, debate, health, and parent education.

Alternatives in Action also offers a Summer Bridge Program at McClymonds High School, focused on developing the leadership of middle school youth who will be incoming freshman. Youth have fun, build skills, and make new friends as they transition to high school.

View the McClymonds Youth & Family Center’s Community Programs calendar for the 2017-2018 school year here: 2017-2018 Community Programs Schedule.

Best Buy Teen Tech Center:

Alternatives in Action celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the grand opening of a Teen Tech Center sponsored by Best Buy. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center increases access to technology, media, and the arts for Bay Area youth, and supports youth in leveraging technology to develop projects that represent their educational and career interests. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is a safe, interactive space for teens to explore the latest technology and multimedia tools with support from peers and adult mentors.

Thanks to a partnership between Alternatives in Action and Oakland Unified School District, The Best Buy Teen Tech Center will be located at Alternatives in Action’s McClymonds Youth & Family Center at McClymonds High School. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center supports Alternatives in Action’s multimedia programs, where Oakland youth have a safe space for exploring career opportunities in technology and multimedia. The center will support digital arts classes and projects of McClymonds High School as well as the West Oakland Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Career Pathway Initiative.

Interesting Facts about the Teen Tech Center:

  • Operates year-round and offers free after-school programs where teens can work with the latest technology
  • Builds academic, professional, and 21st century skills for Bay Area youth
  • Provides hands-on educational and career opportunities in technology and multimedia

To contribute to this project and help ensure that youth have a safe space to explore the latest tools and resources in technology, visit our Donate page to make a contribution. Thank you for your support!

Find Out More

For more information about Community Programs at McClymonds, or to find out about becoming a partner in our work, contact Kharyshi Wiginton, Community Programs Manager at the McClymonds Youth & Family Center, at kwiginton@alternativesinaction.org.