The East Oakland Youth Development Center recently hosted their annual “Something for Everyone” scholarship fundraiser hosted by Coliseum Lexus of Oakland owner Ed Fitzpatrick. Radio personality Miranda Wilson served as mistress of ceremonies along with EOYDC President, Regina Jackson.
Over 40 scholarships were presented including two special scholarships directly from broadcaster Pam Moore. EOYDC also recognized Champions for Youth including KBLX Radio Station, Fred Blackwell of the San Francisco Foundation, Cedric Brown of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Christopher Chatmon of the Oakland Unified School District’s African American Male Achievement Initiative. Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, Social Justice Advocate Dr. Monique Morris, Shawna Myers of the Oakland Unified School District and Artist Ryan Nicole were also honored.
“We are so pleased to honor community members and also raise much needed funds for our youth,” said Jackson with EOYDC Vice President Dereca Blackmon.
Students represented Howard University, California State East Bay and San Francisco State among others.
“We are proud to sponsor our youth, supporters of youth and the great work of EOYDC and Regina Jackson, said Coliseum of Lexus owner Ed Fitzpatrick.
In July, Regina Jackson led 14 students on a cultural exchange trip to China. The “Think China 2014 Delegation” to Hangzhou and Beijing also included students from the Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement. Students were hosted by the Beijing Foreign Studies University with classes held at the China United States Exchange Foundation’s facility on campus.
Students spent time at Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic University and had the opportunity to be exposed to the country’s 4000 year history, take classes in calligraphy and leadership development, and play basketball. “These trips are life changing and our children deserve these opportunities and more because they are our future,” said Jackson.
In 1978 the EOYDC began its mission of assisting disenfranchised young people founded by Robert B. Shetterly. Shetterfly, who served as CEO of Clorox during its transition from a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble Co. to an independent company, set the stage for Clorox’s on-going support of the organization.
Shetterly believed “To do well, you must first do good,” and unlike most, he made a personal and financial commitment to make a difference, prior to his death in 1997.
As an activist, Shetterfly used his wealth and influence to assist various organizations including the Black Panthers, Free Breakfast Program. His dream of a community-based program became the EOYDC, and prior to his death in 1997, Shetterfly continued to put forth his time, hard work and money toward making a difference in the community. For more information visit: www.EOYDC.org