UrbaGroup Photon Peace Movement (UPM) builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and social conditions that lead to community violence & mass incarceration in communities of color. UPM’s model of “Healing-Centered Youth Organizing” supports young people to feel self-confident & hopeful while empowering them to work for healing, social justice, and a brighter future for all!!  

UPM’s youth members work on:

POLICY & SYSTEMS CHANGE: To advocate for social & economic justice and public policies that disrupt the cycles of urban violence and mass incarceration to create real opportunities and more peaceful communities.

HEALING & CULTURE CHANGE: To improve the way that community members relate to one another and to change the cultural norms that govern our communities – to build a culture of peace.

MOVEMENT BUILDING: To strengthen relationships between youth-serving organizations for a stronger more united youth movement.