Brothers on the Rise
Brothers on the Rise is a dual direct service-systems change organization which responsibly empowers male youth to achieve individual success, develop healthy relationships and contribute to a more just and equitable society. We accomplish this through comprehensive gender-responsive, culturally appropriate, preventive, pipeline programs that directly serve boys and young men of color. We also provide capacity building for schools, nonprofits and public agencies through training, coaching, curriculum development, consulting, convening, research and writing – all empowering the community towards more effective and equitable practice. Through these programs, BOTR and its partners help to raise, educate and develop boys into responsible, peaceful, caring and productive young men. Brothers on the Rise is based in Oakland with programs impacting youth, families, teachers and providers throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Thanks to all our recent supporters for making 2014-15 such a STRONG year for Brothers on the Rise and all the youth, families, schools and agencies we serve!
Join BOTR's 2015 awareness & resource raising campaign, "Manning Up to Our Responsibility - Brothers and Sisters, UNITE!" Visit our organization page
, explore & click to learn about our pledges, make personal commitments & contribute. Email email@example.com to become part of our team.
BOTR runs community based manhood training programs which build literacy, life skills & leadership for 3rd-8th grade males at Oakland parks and recreation centers in San Antonio, Fruitvale and East Oakland. For 9-12th
grade males interested in health and human service careers we have a paid internship program - Lift a Brother Up.
We are now recruiting for our free 5 week summer program in East Oakland. We are also accepting applications for current 10th graders to be part of our next 2 year internship cohort. To refer a youth, apply, or host a 12th grade intern, contact Frederick Douglass Mesa at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOTR's program models, including school day counseling groups & after-school enrichment, are licensed to schools & agencies in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Contact us to bring BOTR to your organization using our facilitator guides, training, observation, coaching & consultation.
BOTR provides training workshops
(free for most Alameda County agencies), coaching, consultation & convening to build your school or agency's cultural competence & capacity to effectively serve boys & young men of color. Contact Jon Gilgoff at email@example.com, 510-599-3582 to collaborate.
BOTR contributes to the Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) movement through valuable research and writing. We are also available to present at conferences.
is a training manual on culturally competent counseling with African American male youth. Here
is a research synthesis on out of school time work with BYMOC. Here
is a SFSU Cesar Chavez Institute article about this project. Contact us to collaborate!
Visit BOTR's You Tube channel to see our latest manhood training/media production projects, including the 2014 summer music video "My Voice Matters."
Visit our You Tube
for other songs and films produced over the last 6 years by BOTR youth, and to see TV feature stories about the powerful work we do!
View our 2013-14 music video from Lazear Charter Academy entitled, "A Real Man."
Watch our amazing Brothers, UNITE! / Lift a Brother Up
Summer 2013 video entitled, "Rising Above the Violence."
Brothers on the Rise Video by Youth Uprising
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Proud Program Graduates.
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