Caheri Gutierrez, OUSD graduate and current college student
"This initiative is changing the narrative. Instead of looking at Oakland's young people as at-risk youth, after today we are going to be looking at our young people asat-promise youth."
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
"The Oakland Promise offers a model for the rest of the state, weaving together the best practices to tackle generational poverty in a way never done before."
Michael Jefferson, former OUSD student and college graduate now teaching in Oakland
"I am giving my kids everything I have. When I teach, I see myself in them. By existing in their lives I am painting an unfamiliar picture of what they could become, and creating a ripple of generational change. That is the Oakland Promise."