Youth Impact Hub supports the leadership of low-income youth of color in creating an equitable, life-affirming economy by providing socially innovative training, collaborative co-working space and access to networks and resources.


  • "The program is an amazing opportunity to engage with passionate youth who are shaping our future."

    Randy Riggins
    Randy Riggins Developer / Sr Engineering Manager Adobe (2015 Fellowship Mentor)
  • "Coming to United Roots every Tuesday with my business partner and receiving REAL support through mentors, Seminars, and being an environment with other like minded youth trying to create change, rather than just being told to accomplish my goals, meant a lot to me."

    TJ Ransom
    TJ Ransom 2015 Youth Hub Fellowship
  • "This program has changed my life. I finally have the resources and confidence I need to succeed with my social enterprise. I gained so much i just can't wait to implement what i learned."

    Isaiah Teague
    Isaiah Teague 2015 Youth Hub Fellowship
  • “Through this program, I've been able to shift my thinking from planning to work for someone to valuing the capital of my skills enough to invest time in building up myself”

    Erin Clark
    Erin Clark 2015 Youth Hub Fellowship
  • “This Program has taught be about utilizing my physical capital & human capital to its full potential understanding that we all can help each other excel. There's so much we want to do alone but so much we can accomplish together.”

    Malik Hardcastle
    Malik Hardcastle 2015 Youth Hub Fellowship
  • "The Youth Hub Program gave me an incredible opportunity to share the knowledge I've gained starting my social enterprise while connecting with other amazing social innovators."

    Lisa Curtis
    Lisa Curtis Kuli-Kuli Founder (2015 Fellowship Mentor)
  • "There were many time i felt like the youths were my mentors, Showing me what determination, inovation, heart & soul is. I'm honored to have been able to know & work with youth leaders of the community."

    Jocelyn Wo
    Jocelyn Wo BALLE Operations Manager (2015 Fellowship Mentor)

Success Stories


QT Việt Cafe

Trang Tran, founder

An Oakland-based social enterprise offering holistic healing by (re)connecting with ancestral foodways, storytelling, cultural arts//traditions and intergenerational dialogue


Director Luis Montoya

Luis Montoya, founder

A youth-led media production company that employs youth to create high quality media for the community at an affordable price, while mentoring their peers in media production skills.



Hope Lehman, founder

A social justice enterprise that honors the legacy and culture of women of color in the United States through wearable art products and community consulting.




Meet the Fellows: Maurita

Who is on your team?  Maurita Antoinette (pictured left) is a Product Designer & Software Engineer that lives in Oakland, CA and went to Spelman College Winston Vakunta is a Product Marketer [...]

Meet the Fellows: De’Ana

My name is De’Ana Brownfield. I was born and raised in Stockton, California. I relocated to Oakland in 2016 to attend Mills College to study an individualized major, Afrikan Decoloniality in Art [...]

Meet the Fellows: D’Juan

My name is D’Juan Ewing-Smalls. I’m 23 years old. I was born and raised in Sacramento, and now I call Oakland home. I attend Laney College majoring in psychology and music production. I am [...]


UNITED ROOTS has partnered with Impact HUB Oakland to house and manage the Youth Impact Hub program at our pre-existing “green” arts, technology and media center.

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