Lakisha Young

Co-Founder and CEO
The Oakland Reach

Lakisha Young is a fierce and unapologetic advocate for the power of parents in schools. As a young girl, she lived in the housing projects of San Francisco. Her family poured what knowledge and money they had into her education so she could go to college and make a better life for herself.

Lakisha founded The Oakland REACH because she wants her children and all children who look like her and start where she did to have an opportunity to create a better life for themselves.

The Oakland REACH is made up of mamas, grandmamas, and fathers the education system has failed — and who refuse to let that be the reality of their children and grandchildren. They have passed major legislation forcing the district to give low-income parents enrollment priority, and built a citywide literacy coalition with 30+ partner organizations. When COVID hit, they moved urgently to build a Virtual Family Hub to provide high-quality instruction and wraparound supports for the whole family.

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