Meet the 2019 Dia Poster Art Winner

The Unity Council is proud to announce Andrea Luna as the winner of the 2019 Dia de los Muertos Festival poster art contest winner! Andrea is an educator, mother, artist, community organizer, and activist. She first became involved in the Dia de los Muertos Festival nearly thirteen years ago as a crafts vendor; she was one of the first vendors... Read More ➞

Meet Exprinfil, TUC’s Youth Programs Alumni

Most teens envision a life of exploration and excitement after high school – going to college, seeking the career of their dreams, and spreading their wings. For high school graduate Exprinfil, she longed for necessities most of us take for granted:  warm showers, electricity, food on the table, and pursuing higher education.   Over the last year, Exprinfil has been both... Read More ➞

2019 VITA Season Snapshot Report

For the past 16 years, The Unity Council’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service has provided the community with more than free tax services; the VITA tax site serves as a full-service community resource center. The Unity Council provides tax clients with benefit screenings, financial education, connections to Head Start, career services, and much more.... Read More ➞

Family-Friendly Activities at Fruitvale Night Markets

WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of June, July, & August TIME: From 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM WHERE: Avenida de la Fuente! Directions The Night Markets are here! Join us for the first Night Market of the summer on June 29th, from 2-7 PM. We want to see you there! Celebrate the sabor of the Fruitvale neighborhood and join... Read More ➞

Casa Arabella Lease Up Waitlist Opening!

Located at 3611 E. 12th Street in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, Casa Arabella is a new 94-unit, multi-family project of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units. The anticipated completion of Casa Arabella is December 2019. Applications to join the lease up waiting list for housing at Casa Arabella will be open and available online from Monday, June 10, at 9:00am to... Read More ➞

The Unity Council Awarded Workforce Accelerator 7.0 Grant from State

The Unity Council is pleased to have been selected for a California Workforce Accelerator Fund 7.0 grant for its project, “Connecting Immigrant Workers to Unionized Trades.” The award of $135,000 will help The Unity Council, in partnership with the Building and Constructions Trades Council of Alameda County and several other partners, develop a toolkit for effective outreach and recruitment of... Read More ➞

Meet Alberto, OYE Alumni

Alberto first sought guidance from mentors at The Unity Council at seventeen after facing a violent altercation in high school. He was determined to switch pathways and look for ways to take control over his future. Through the two years participating in the OYE (Oakland Youth Engaged) program, Alberto embraced the newfound values of accountability and better judgment as a... Read More ➞

Call to Artists! 2019 Dia de Los Muertos Poster

Help us design the 2019 Día de los Muertos Festival Poster. Every year, The Unity Council makes a call to artists and community members to submit artwork to be featured on the official Dia de los Muertos poster. The art chosen is selected by a community panel, who looks at the quality of the work, its ability to be reproduced... Read More ➞

Meet Juana Pablo Perez, STEP Intern, and Fruitvale Resident

Juana moved to Oakland from Guatemala when she was a teenager. Like many immigrants, she had to adapt to a new culture and learn a new language, or in her case two languages. Juana’s first language is Mam, a Mayan language spoken by indigenous people in Guatemala. Her adaptability and quick learning allowed her to integrate to her new home,... Read More ➞

Guess Who Was in Washington, DC?

Last month, six participants of the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) traveled to Washington, DC for the UnidosUS Change Makers Summit. Every year, the two-day Summit brings together aspiring activists and community leaders who are committed to advocating for Latinos and low-income communities. Our youth learned and practiced advocacy skills and visited Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. Martin... Read More ➞