Keeping Art & Music Alive In Oakland  Public Schools

Elevate Oakland is a non-profit that is committed to building opportunity for ALL of Oakland’s youth to have access to culturally vibrant art and music programming across all schools in the district.

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Mission + Background

Committed to ensuring every Oakland public school student has equal access to music and art education.

One of few local non-profits providing arts & music programming to students during the school day.

Elevate Oakland reaches over 3000 STUDENTS in 25 Oakland Public Schools Each Year

Acclaimed artists and creative professionals providing inspiration, motivation mentorship with the goal of bolstering students engagement in school and all around mental health.



Elevate Oakland is a partnership between the two nonprofits, the Elevate Hope Foundation and 51Oakland.

Co-founded in 2001 by entertainer Sheila E. and business partner and accomplished vocalist, Lynn Mabry, The Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF) is dedicated to providing abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and arts education, and funding special services and programs that assist the needs of these children using these fundamental methods. EHF supports existing programs of their beneficiaries through monetary funding to purchase items (e.i. musical instruments, art supplies, and work stations complete with computers, keyboards and applicable instructional software) as well as in-kind donations. Foster care systems and outreach programs alike share the urgent demand for funding and unite in this strong commitment to serve the needs of disadvantaged children. Proceeds from fund raisers and donated funds are invested at community based levels. Outside financial support fills a viable niche in light of more conservative and or lack of funding offered by the state or federal governments. Achievements include H.I.P.P. (Hope Initiative Pilot Programs) for Vista Del Mar’s Arts Enrichment Music department, providing curriculums, computer work stations, ProTools recording equipment, and instruments needed for GarageBand 101 & 102, Video Production, and Songwriters Symposium.