April 2014 Newsletter

At HOPE Collaborative, we are gearing up for the summer. Read more below about the launch of our projects and find out what we're doing for Earth Day! 
HOPE Project Leader Spotlight: Kevin Jackson, Youth Community Educator
Kevin Jackson, Youth Community Educator

This month, we would like to recognize Kevin Jackson (KJ) for his contributions to our collaborative.  

KJ is completing his second term on the Youth Action Board (YAB) and continues to be a part of the HOPE family because of his passion for food justice and community building. KJ is currently a Youth Community Educator where he is working on a community school garden at E.C. Reems Academy in East Oakland. His role as a Youth Community Educator is to plan, conduct, and evaluate garden-based food education lessons at East Oakland schools and food justice workshops at community sites.


What KJ loves most about being a Youth Community Educator is addressing health issues that his community faces and motivating them to engage in projects that promote social justice. Since working with HOPE, KJ has seen his skills develop and grow in working with different folks from different backgrounds, ages, and races. Everyone he works with has one common goal, which is to make Oakland a better place for our youth.


Healthy Corner Store Bus Tour
CFE Berkeley Law and HOPE out at Healthy Corner Store Bus Tour.

HOPE Collaborative is partnering with the Community Food Enterprises Project (CFEP) of Students for Economic and Environmental Justice (SEEJ), supervised by the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Through this partnership, participating UC Berkeley law students are conducting legal research regarding permitting and licensing for selling whole, uncut produce, prepared foods counter/deli, selling produce/prepared foods outside the store/on sidewalk, and selling produce from urban farms. Based on this research, they will develop a flowchart/"How To" Guide and a Frequently Asked Questions document for store owners.  


As part of this collaboration, UC Berkeley law students met HOPE members to learn about HOPE's Healthy Corner Store Project. Healthy Corner Store Project Leaders, Danielle, Paula, Lianetta, and Chanel presented on their work surveying store owners, connecting with community partners, including Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), Oakland Food Policy COuncil (OFPC), and People's Grocery.  


The group then toured a few West Oakland stores and met store owners and shoppers at Sunbeam Market on Adeline and 14th Street and Blue Bird Market on San Pablo and 34th Street. Participants conducted surveys that captured store owners' experience navigating permiting and licensing, in-store product observations, and customer/resident preferences.  


Thanks to the fruitful collaboration, HOPE looks forward to providing legal resources to store owners as part of our Healthy Corner Store Project! 


Green Up Elmhurst for Earth Day 2014
Tree planting in the Elmhurst Neighborhood for Earth Day 2013.
HOPE Collaborative, Communities for  Better Environment (CBE), Acta Non Verba (ANV), Urban Releaf, and other organizations and community members are greening up East Oakland this Earth Day. This celebration will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 10am-2pm at Tassafaronga Center (975 85th Avenue).

Learn about the Elmhurst Neighborhood Planning Initiative and how to get involved, participate in the community day of greening, adopt projects, gain
knowledge on how to green your home and create resilient communities, and celebrate with your neighbors over lunch and fun!

For more information, contact Angela Hadwin at (510) 444-4221 or angela@hopecollaborative.net.
FEEST at Girls, Inc.
By Ale'ah Bashir-Baaqee

HOPE's Youth Action Board (YAB) recently hosted their first Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST) dinner. Earlier in the year, FEEST, based in Seattle trained the YAB in how to lead and cook dinners for community youth. The YAB put their skills into action this past week at a dinner held at Oakland's Girls Inc. This month's FEEST was hosted by YAB members Damarys Torres, Salma Flores, and Ale'ah Bashir-Baqee with support from Akilah Morrison, Josiah McQuinn, and Tyrone Carter.  


FEEST embodies the idea of improvisational cooking and healthy eating. The focus is to educate youth on how to cook healthier meals with whatever ingredients are around, with an emphasis on vegetable-based meals. FEEST uses games and interesting cooking methods to keep youth interested and involved. Some of the activities include "Yes and", "The Claw", "Safety First", the "Blanket Game", and the "Name Game".


The YAB uses these techniques and incorporated them into our FEEST at Girls, Inc. Using FEEST improves methods of cooking. The youth made baked fried chicken, lemonade, saut�ed kale, bread, black Beans and rice, and potatoes.


Stay tuned for more updates from the HOPE Collaborative. You can also visit us at www.hopecollaborative.net, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to find updates.

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HOPE Project Leader Spotlight: Kevin Jackson
Healthy Corner Store Bus Tour
Green Up Elmhurst for Earth Day 2014
FEEST at Girls, Inc.
Upcoming Events
Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour to benefit the Rose Foundation on Fri., April 18 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Oakland Food Policy Council meeting on Thurs., April 17 from 4:30-7:30pm at 1000 Broadway, 5th floor, Room B

Join David Ralston, HOPE Built Environment Co-Chair, at a free Bay Area Sustainability Symposium and Tour
at Laney College on April 25th and 26th

Communities for a Better Environment, Acta Non Verba, and HOPE are co-hosting an Earth Day Clean Up, Green Up joined by Urban Releaf and other organizations on Sat., April 26 at Tassafaronga Farm

HOPE New Member Orientation on Mon., June 2nd from 5-7pm at the HOPE office (221 Oak St., Suite D)
Alameda County Social Services Agency Farm Stand every Monday from 10am-2pm at Eastmont Self-Sufficiency Center (6955 Foothill Blvd.)

Every Saturday from 9:30am-2pm, get fresh and healthy produce in West Oakland at the Freedom Farm Stand behind Brother's Kitchen (300 San Pablo)
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