Knight Success

Oakland Kids First was selected to serve as Lead Agency for Castlemont High School in East Oakland, and manages the Knight Time After School Program funded through 21st Century, and the Knight Success College, Career, and Community Readiness program funded by OFCY. Our Castlemont programs serve over 400 youth after school annually and engage 120 students per day. Oakland Kids First programming aligns with and builds on the school day curriculum to help Castlemont achieve their mission to “create a safe, healthy and engaging learning experience that prepares all of our students for college, career, and community.

Our programs partner with the Sustainable Urban Design Academy (SUDA) and the Community Health and Equity Academy (CHEA) to make education relevant through authentic, community- centered action research, interdisciplinary projects and work-based learning internships.
The Knight Time After School Program is available during the school year every day after school until 6 pm. Knight Time programs include health and fitness, farming and sustainable agriculture, academic support and intervention including credit recovery, college preparation, peer interpretation, debate, driver’s education, community urban arts, Teens on Target violence prevention, FabLab, peer support groups, cascading youth leadership training that includes our REAL HARD after school program, internship programs, and family literacy and engagement.

For more information about our programs at Castlemont High School, or inquire about becoming a partner in our work, contact Community Programs Manager at Castlemont High School: Sabaa Shoraka at Sabaa@kidsfirstoakland.org.