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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!

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Camper Interviews from summer 2019:

‘it’s like my second home’

Our "Commoners" share about their experience over those 12 nights — the skills they learned, and how we became a family.


photos from summer 2019:

from the gaga pit to the archery range

Click below to see more Photos and Videos from Summer 2019.

Dear supporters — thank you for helping to make this summer possible for our 30 young leaders.

Dear commoners — we miss you, we love you, and we will see you soon



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Meet the Commoners of 2019

Portraits, Names, and Schools


day-to-day camp clips for Summer 2018:

“Stepping up” to the plate!

See our video below to get a sense of what happens day-to-day at camp, from swimming to responding to feedback.


Help us fight hate, and build bridges.

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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!



Watch the video from our 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

Want to learn more?

Get some recent context on the issue of school segregation in Oakland with the 2018 article by SF Gate, Maps show the segregation within Bay Area school districts, which references Vox's report on school segregation across the country. You can also read more of educational articles in our Learn With Us blog.


A special thank you to our funding partners…

Each of you helped send at least one camper ($1,000+) to camp, and some of you, much more. Thank you for helping to grow our Common Ground Community — you are in it too! Click on the pictures to learn more about these awesome organizations!

Full Circle Fund  convenes, connects, and catalyzes in order to support change-makers who are building a better Bay Area. They run fellowships for emerging impactful non-profits, and provide a suite of free workshops and trainings for local leaders. We’ve attended their workshops on Grant Writing, Measurement and Evaluation, and others. If you’re a local philanthropist looking to make long-term investments or a local change-maker, check them out!

Full Circle Fund convenes, connects, and catalyzes in order to support change-makers who are building a better Bay Area. They run fellowships for emerging impactful non-profits, and provide a suite of free workshops and trainings for local leaders. We’ve attended their workshops on Grant Writing, Measurement and Evaluation, and others. If you’re a local philanthropist looking to make long-term investments or a local change-maker, check them out!

Goodfire Brewing Co . is a family-friendly business that supports a variety of causes. They are active in their community, coming together with food trucks and musicians to create awesome experiences for beer nerds and casual drinkers. The recipes are created by a doctor, and you can taste it in the precision and creativity of their IPAs and sours. They also integrate art into their cans, which you can see on full display on their Instagram  @goodfirebrewing.  They decided to  sponsor a counselor!

Goodfire Brewing Co. is a family-friendly business that supports a variety of causes. They are active in their community, coming together with food trucks and musicians to create awesome experiences for beer nerds and casual drinkers. The recipes are created by a doctor, and you can taste it in the precision and creativity of their IPAs and sours. They also integrate art into their cans, which you can see on full display on their Instagram @goodfirebrewing. They decided to sponsor a counselor!

The Quest Foundation  supports a variety of Bay Area organizations, such as youth development clubs and community foundations and organizations involved with education and human services. They are also a great connector and helpful and compassionate advisor for budding non-profits like ours. They sponsored  3 campers  — thank you so much!

The Quest Foundation supports a variety of Bay Area organizations, such as youth development clubs and community foundations and organizations involved with education and human services. They are also a great connector and helpful and compassionate advisor for budding non-profits like ours. They sponsored 3 campers — thank you so much!

Founded and inspired by Lowell Berry’s faith in God and sense of responsibility to his community,  The Lowell Berry Foundation  has been supporting local religious and social services organizations for more than 60 years. They serve the local Bay Area community by providing a safety net for those in need while focusing on organizations that effectively shape lives and build leaders for tomorrow. We so appreciate their belief in local summer camps to build tomorrow’s leaders!

Founded and inspired by Lowell Berry’s faith in God and sense of responsibility to his community, The Lowell Berry Foundation has been supporting local religious and social services organizations for more than 60 years. They serve the local Bay Area community by providing a safety net for those in need while focusing on organizations that effectively shape lives and build leaders for tomorrow. We so appreciate their belief in local summer camps to build tomorrow’s leaders!


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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.