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Shop 55 Wellness Center


Shop 55 celebrates 10 years of being a part of the Oakland High community, and continues to serve over 60% of the school's population each year!


Coordinates hearing, vision and dental screenings to all 10th grade students, newcomers, and students in the special education program (over 400 students). Establishes a monthly Young Men of Color Program that engaged 30 African American and Latino males.


Shop 55 begins facilitating Culture and Climate team meetings to identify issues, best practices, and solutions in a collaborative setting. The Center also establishes dental services at Oakland High and coordinates dental screenings for over 300 students.


Collaborates with teachers in the Newcomers Program (students who have been in the US for under 3 years)  to do monthly health group visits and restorative community building circles.


The center joins the Safe Supportive Schools Committee to help build a positive culture on campus and begins coordinating support services for "at-risk" students.


  • Lost Teens On Target, School Social Worker, School Case Manager due to funding cuts

  • Increased School Nurse to 5 days per week.

  • Developed plans and obtained funding for a new Public Health Academy in partnership with Oakland High.

  • Received funding from the Bechtel Foundation to create a website for student expression,  improve school health center infrastructure.

  • Developed and implemented Shop 55 system of care and standards of care.


  • New partners include: Teens On Target—Youth Alive, Kids First PASS Program, and Asian Health Services Primary Care.

  • Oakland High hires a school nurse 3 days per week, and a social worker 4 days per week, in addition to the existing case managers.  

  • Construction of the conversion of 2 computer classrooms (originally the school's auto shop) into the present wellness center facility scheduled to begin May 2010, to be completed in October 2010.

  • Over 1000 different students receive first aid, mental health, medical or after school program support services. 


  • Services expand to include:

    • Asian Community Mental Health Services’ AOD program, 

    • Kids First’s REAL Hard program, 

    • Banteay Srei’s Girls’ Self Defense Program, 

    • Beats Rhymes and Life and FRESH the Online Magazine

    • EBAYC’s Creative Healthy Eating Activists Internship

    • Peer to Peer Counseling program

    • Unique Teen Roses

    • Cyber High, and 

    • Expanded EBAYC After School program.  

  • Approximately 750 students received first aid, mental health services, reproductive health services or after school programs. 


  • EBAYC is chosen by Oakland High Administration and the Wellness Advisory Council to be the Lead Agency for the Wellness Center. 

  • EBAYC secures funding for the next 3 years at $100,000 per year from Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker and Alameda Behavioral Health Care Services for core operations support.

  • Oakland High hires two case managers and temporarily locates the Wellness Center in Shop 55 converted classroom of the shop building, based on the recommendations of the Youth Advisory Council, the Wellness Council; the OHS Department Heads approve the request.

  • EBAYC Health Director begins full time at Oakland High.  

  • Youth Advisory Council evolves into the Wellness Youth Council, who serve as advisors to the Wellness Center, and are trained peer counselors and peer health educators.   

  • New partners include: Upward Bound and Project Soar, and Niroga Yoga classes

  • The Wellness Center hosts “Futurama” a health, jobs and education fair attended by over 1000 students. 

  • OUSD applies for the 21century funds


The Wellness Center begins providing services at Oakland High, providing physical, mental and emotional support to students. The center is attached to the counseling wing in the main building and consists of 3 rooms and a bathroom.


  • EBAYC, School Nurse and other Wellness Council members develop service coordination agreements among providers, including a universal referral form and confidentiality agreements between agencies.

  • EBAYC Youth Advisory Council focus on nutrition and physical activity, as well as reproductive health education and outreach.

  • EBAYC submits a successful application to become an official Alameda County School Based Health Center “member.” 

  • EBAYC secures $2.7 million of Measure B funding to build a school based health center, the “Wellness Center” on campus.  Oakland High’s Wellness Center is placed on the OUSD Facilities Master Plan.


  • EBAYC hired a Health Director to oversee Roosevelt Health Center and begin development of Oakland High School Based Health Center.  Mid-year, EBAYC secured $110,000 from Alameda County Public Health and The California Endowment to conduct needs assessment, planning and coordination of services at Oakland High. 

  • Oakland High School hired a school nurse.

  • EBAYC created the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), and hired 15 dedicated youth from AHS Peer Health and Leadership Class to conduct a needs assessment and develop recommendations for addressing Oakland High health and wellness issues.  YAC surveyed over 1000 Oakland High students.

  • EBAYC staff conducted 4 teacher focus groups, 150 parent surveys and created the Wellness Advisory Council, comprised of the principal, teachers, parents, students, and representatives from all the agencies already operating at Oakland High: Asian Pacific Psychological Services (aka CHAA), Asian Health Services, Student Assistance Program, OHS School Psychologist, OHS School Nurse, OHS School Counselors, and EBAYC After School Program.  

  • The Wellness Council developed a mission, vision and strategic plan for Oakland High, including staffing and facility recommendations.


Oakland High School Leadership Class students lobby to get a school nurse and other health and wellness services. EBAYC is invited to explore expansion of Roosevelt Health Center to the school with OHS Administration to develop a health center.

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