In 2016 we launched two ventures: a charitable after-school youth program and a for-profit artisanal food business. We have also been incubating a social impact real estate development for a commercially viable community center since 2014.
Youth Startup Lab
Youth Startup Lab, our food entrepreneurship program, develops the entrepreneurial mindset in middle school youth of color. Participants design a food business over 10-weeks. The after-school program is delivered at partner youth centers in Oakland.
civil pops, is our first youth-focused small business. civil pops exists to create good jobs for youth of color. civil pops makes handmade, local, organic, frozen treats.
food community center
Civil Labs Oakland, is our vision for a commercially viable community center. We plan to convert a light industrial property into a vibrant space for food production and learning consisting of commercial kitchens for growing food artisans and a learning kitchen for youth programming.