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Leaders in Training

Leaders In Training  is a youth organizing & social justice leadership program for high school-aged youth from neighborhoods directly impacted by high rates of violence and mass incarceration. Leaders In Training youth members work to shift the culture in Oakland from hopelessness and despair to a culture of peace and unity, while they organize for changes in public policy to create more safe and peaceful communities.


The mission of UPM is to transform the culture and conditions that lead to urban violence. We build the leadership of communities hit hardest by street violence through fostering non-traditional leaders who are the key to ending this crisis. Through community organizing, youth leadership development, and culture change events, UPM empowers young people to overcome internalized oppression and work towards Justice and Social Transformation.