Oakland Youth Aspire is a free youth program open every Saturday, 12:30 to 5 PM.

OYA enriches the lives of youth by creating a fun and welcoming environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle and fosters open communication, empathy, and the development of interpersonal skills.

Program Location:

DeFremery Recreation Center 
1651 Adeline Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Oakland Youth Aspire is looking for dedicated and passionate people to join our board and make a difference in the lives of West Oakland youth.  Click below to learn more about our open positions.

Development Director

Operations Director

Communications Director

Watch our video of our annual Thanksgiving event.

See the article in California Health Report about the exciting work we're doing at Oakland Youth Aspire, including a youth success story.

What Now America (now Oakland Youth Aspire) was profiled in the May-June issue of Oakland Magazine, “Energetic nonprofit founder works to help West Oakland youth” showcasing our Executive Director, Milad Yazdanpanah. In the article, Milad talks about healthy nutrition being a big part of our program, with the preparation of healthy lunches and grocery distribution. Learn more about volunteering in our cooking program, or how you can donate to help with our grocery purchases!

Milad Yazdanpanah, was awarded the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service. Milad’s years of dedication, service & selflessness are being recognized and we are thrilled to congratulate him on this amazing honor. CBS reporter Sharon Chin came to What Now America to create a video about Milad and the organization.  Check out the article and video!  

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