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The deeply rooted youth fellowship is open to youth and young leaders ages 14-24 in Oakland who are looking to gain professional experience or have an interest in planning Oaklands future. We will go over topics like the environment, planning, and how to do community engagement work.


If you have any questions or would like to learn more and or apply, please email us at with the subject line stating: [Your name/organization] -DR Youth Interest/Application.


Thank you,

Deeply Rooted Team



As part of our engagement efforts, the Deeply Rooted Collaborative convened 20 young leaders in Oakland between the ages of 14 and 24 to conduct community outreach.

Fellowship Objectives

  • Learn about city planning

  • Build leadership skills

  • Conduct engagement on the Oakland General Plan 2045 in-person and online

  • Influence planning for the future


Fellowship Activities

Deeply Rooted Collaborative Fellowship activities include interviewing and surveying young people about their visions and aspirations for the City of Oakland; educating elementary, middle, and high school students about the Oakland General Plan 2045; gathering data and conducting research to identify the challenges young people face in the City of Oakland and their proposed solutions; and implementing a social media campaign to increase youth awareness of the Oakland General Plan 2045 update.

Application Process

Youth Fellows were selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Oakland residents. 

  • Preference was given to young people living in City Council Districts 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. 

  • Able to work 5 to 7 hours per month for the next 2 years.


Compensation: Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $150 for 8 hours of time participating in workshops, discussions, or homework.​


Youth Fellows were selected in July 2022 by an interview committee led by the Deeply Rooted Collaborative. The fellowship is a 2-year program.

Meet Some Of Our Fellows


Bios coming soon!

Youth Fellows: Fouz Abdellatif (University of California Berkeley), Antonella Alarco (University of California Berkeley), Maliki Baity (St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School), Ebony Barnes (Laney College), Jose Garcia (Oakland High School), Hajar Gohar (Albany High School), Jayden Khaoone (Oakland Charter High School), Joshua Hankerson (Oakland School of the Arts), Taylor Hardy (University of California Berkeley), Jaylonnie Idelson (Oakland School of the Arts), Dauttis Karbassi (Oakland Technical High School), Eric Kaufusi (McClymonds High School), Adiyah Lumpkin (Anna Yates/Emery High School), Gabriel Perez (Oakland Charter High School), Nicole Puentes (Castlemont High School), Laiza Reconco (Oakland High School), Reyna Saldana (Laney College), Samahdi Scott (St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School), Kaliq Trotter (Oakland Technical High School), and Nyla Williams (Dublin High School).

Deeply Rooted Collaborative Youth Fellowship Co-Coordinators: Jocelyn Gama and Jacob Virges.

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