camp common ground:
A summer camp that brings racially and economically diverse middle schoolers together. We equip them with the leadership, social-emotional, and cultural competencies that they’ll use to develop meaningful relationships with each other. And we have so much fun!
Once admitted, youth embark on a 2+ year leadership journey. After the 2 week overnight camp, they return to school with a plan to include those who are excluded because of their identities. We have 4 reunions during the year on weekends to support their implementation of these “plans for disruption.” Then, they return for a second summer and mentor in a new group of Commoners!
Help us fight hate, and build bridges.
We are changing the climate of middle schools in the Bay Area to be more inclusive, no matter what identity you may have. The world doesn’t just get better on its own. it takes effort and resources. let’s do this!
Summer 2018 — what an incredible summer!
See our video below for some highlight clips!
Hear from our 2018 Commoners about their experience this summer.
to Our 2018 Commoners: You inspire us.
Dear supporters — thank you for helping to make this summer possible for our 36 young leaders.
Dear commoners — we miss you, we love you, and we will see you soon!
See their bios here.
Watch the video from our recent event:
a path to school desegregation in Oakland
This event featured:
An introduction from Camp Common Ground Directors, Ron and Zach, about the state of segregation in Oakland.
Panel discussion with community leaders and policy makers, such as Oakland City Council Member Abel Guillen, Oakland Unified School Board Member and Vice President Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, and Principal of Gateway Middle School Aaron Watson
Get some recent context on the issue of school segregation in Oakland with the 2018 article by SF Gate that references Vox's report on school segregation across the country.
Article: "Maps show the segregation within Bay Area school districts" (SFGate, 2018)
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Camp Common Ground—Oakland is fiscally sponsored by Social Good Fund, an organization with 501(c)(3) status.
All donations are tax deductible.