Recognizing Oakland’s Graduating Native Youth
Native American students in Oakland have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any ethnic group. The 63.6% graduation rate for Native student is among the lowest of Oakland Unified School District’s already low graduation rates. Further intensifying the issue, these numbers don’t even include the numerous youth who drop out before high school or are expelled.
Given the many challenges for urban native youth to make it to adulthood with a diploma, it is important to recognize those that do. Each year the Oakland Indian Education Center hosts a graduate recognition night to bring together the Native community and acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of youth in our programs who succeed despite the challenges and obstacles they face daily. Drawing on cultural traditions, IEC will present each graduating young person with a hand selected Pendleton blanket.
In anticipation of a large class of graduates this year, we are seeking donations to be able to purchase these Pendleton blankets. Any monetary contribution is greatly appreciated. You can donate online here or by check made payable to The American Indian Child Resource Center. All donations are tax deductible.
You can donate online
We thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Native students in the Bay Area.