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Youth Development & Leadership

Engaging high school-aged and transitional-aged youth by providing a safe and supportive space that coordinates and supervises programs designed to help young people discover personal interests and abilities through art-making, leadership and civic roles, critical thinking, and innovation envisioning and participation.


Community Futures School

The goal of MOCHA’s Community Futures School (CFS) is to prepare youth (ages 14-17) to be resourceful and contributing citizens of the future through community engagement and art making. Activities will take place at MOCHA’s downtown Oakland facility, at Oakland Public Library sites, on Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) sites, and at community settings that will facilitate youth-led PORCH TALKs. Annual youth internship cohorts  will look at existing social structures to revise paths that will lead the human race to a more equitable future; and will add their voices to the evolution and transformation of power structures.​

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Porch Talk Series

Racial unrest during the Summer of 2020 agitated years old feelings of anti-Blackness in Oakland and beyond. Mocha’s leadership felt that the methods in which societal conditions and topics were internalized and communicated needed to be updated. Centered on Blackness, the Porch Talk series is a quarterly experience that teaches young people from minoritized communities to research, organize and lead conversations rooted in topics based on their current lived experiences.

Held on a quarterly basis, Porch Talks allow for honest conversations about Anti Blackness that intersect in a multi gendered, multicultural and multigenerational manner.


Library Education Art Program (LEAP) Internship

MOCHA is seeking high school aged youth for stipend-supported positions as Library Interns. We are looking for responsible teens with an interest in art and working with youth. This is a great opportunity to gain experience with the visual arts and interacting with children in the community at the Oakland Public Library.

Requirements to intern with MOCHA at the Library:

  • Be a high school student

  • Have an Oakland address

  • Be available when MOCHA at the Library is in session

  • Have your parent/caregiver's approval

  • Submit an application

  • Commit to working a 2.5 hours/week for eight weeks

Upcoming cohort start dates are January 2024 and March 2024. Shifts are available Monday - Saturday. These shifts are traditionally during afterschool hours, with the exception of one session on Saturdays in the early afternoon. To learn more about the Library Internship, contact Program Assistant, Sienna Fatuesi at

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