L.O.V.E. Let One Voice Emerge
November 2016

Testimonial – October 2016

I am writing you to let you know how much our Counseling Enriched class appreciates Elevate Oakland.  As a mental health provider I see that your program brings so much more to the community than music (even though this is huge), it also brings heart and hope!  When I asked our students what they like about your program this is what they shared;
“it’s cool, the artists talk about their lifestyle, what they have been through, but life goes on”
“like the history and how they came up on the music”
” I like learning what they (the artists) went through and how they got where they are”
“you learn the artists experiences and the information they share lets young adults know what they have been through”
” like learning what they have been through and how they got where they are”

Thank you for letting us have the privilege to connect with all of your artists, it is truly an honor.

As you can see from our students responses they appreciate your program and have been touched by the artists histories, experiences and drive to overcome their personal obstacles.  This in turn lets our students see that they can do the same!

We appreciate this great program that you have brought to McClymonds  High School!

Eden Marchant
Social Worker
Counseling Enriched Special Day Class
McClymonds High School


Appreciate: Elevate Oakland Concert with Sheila E. and Orianthi Raises $110,000
February 15, 2014
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All-Star Concert Raises over $110,000 funds for Oakland Schools
February 14, 2014
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Oakulture: An All-Star Benefit Elevates Oakland
February 11, 2014
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Inaugural Elevate Oakland Benefit Concert Raises $110,000 To Support Arts and Music Education Programs in Oakland’s Public School
February 10, 2014
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Elevate Oakland Benefit  – 2.8.14 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
February 8, 2014
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Sheila E. presents: The First Ever Elevate Oakland Benefit Concert
February 7, 2014
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Bay Sunday: Sheila E. and Michael Franti Interviews
February 7, 2014
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Elevate Oakland Benefit Concert with Sheila E.
February 6, 2014
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Sheila E. and Michael Franti Perform with Students To Promote Music Education
February 6, 2014
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Today’s Music Picks: Sheila E., Michael Franti help Elevate Oakland
February 5, 2014
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Elevate Oakland at Fox Theater
February 5, 2014
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Elevate Oakland: Show Preview
February 5, 2014
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Sheila E. hosts all-star benefit for Oakland schools
February 3, 2014
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Elevate Oakland Benefit Concert: Michael Franti, Ozomatli and more
February 3, 2014
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Sheila E. presents Elevate Oakland’s 1st Annual Benefit Concert –
Fox Theater – February 8, 2014 – 8 PM

January 31, 2014
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Onward and Upward: Sheila E.’s Elevate Oakland Benefit
January 31, 2014
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Sheila E., Local Percussion Legend Encourages Young Music Students
January 30, 2014


Local music legend helps teens find their way with music
January 29, 2014
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Elevate Oakland’s 1st Annual Benefit Concert
February 8, 2014


Elevate Oakland’s Community Summit
December 15, 2013

Educators, students, community & civic leaders, families and music lovers of all ages came together to listen, learn, share and celebrate the creative potential of Oakland youth at Elevate Oakland’s Community Summit at Yoshi’s, Oakland (Jack London Square).


The full-house event – which featured appearances by student musicians and spoken word performers from across the Oakland Unified School District, was hosted by 51Oakland and The Elevate Hope Foundation, and marked the official beginning of their new joint venture – “ELEVATE OAKLAND”.

Drawing on the combined resources of two established non-profit organizations with similar missions, Elevate Oakland promises to bring even more music and arts opportunities to the youth of Oakland. The tremendous positivity & goodwill generated by the event foretells of great things to come!