WHO WE ARE?
Since 2007 we have been reaching at-risk youth in Oakland by implementing creative and effective faith-based programs. We are instilling christian values in youth and children which become their foundation to impact them to take courage and power to be a point of light in their communities, providing hope and relief to other youth within Oakland.
WHY ARE WE DOING IT?
Almost 95% of Oakland churches do not have a children/youth worker or programs that would effectively reduce the violent trends being committed among youth. Inner city churches are overwhelmed by their communities’ needs and hurts, and in most cases do not have the resources to offer youth and children an effective life changing program.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
BEING A LIGHT IN OAKLAND
Enrique is 9 years old and has been attending our program for 6 years. Early last year, Enrique was having trouble with his behavior and would get into fights at least once a week. After receiving one on one mentoring with one of our staff members, along with the support of school administration and his parents, we have seen the fighting stop. Enrique is now one of our leaders and loves to serve, especially in feeding the homeless community.
Marshay Williams started to attend Points of Light at age 12. Not having a present father in her life, created a void in Marshay’s life, which she then tried to fill with different relationships. She also dealt with a lot of anger which also caused many physical altercations. All of this though, changed the day Marshay gave her life to Jesus. Soon she was inviting her siblings and many friends to POL. Marshay now helps POL staff by being a peacemaker among youth with a similar past as hers.
Marshay has a bright future ahead of her as she recently got accepted into the District Attorney Justice Academy (DAJA). We are also excited to share that she will be graduating from High School this May.