We are pleased you've joined us in our efforts to spread the word about our Co-opoly Community Web Page so we can publicize information not only to our local community but also other locations. This page is divided into two areas Community Service and Back to Nature.


Our community page strives to enhance the lives of those who live and work in our neighborhoods. It is also designed to help carry out the mindset of paying forward. We want to continue educating our Co-opoly members, families, and communities, so that future generations can develop an appreciation for our communities, country and the world.


WHAT TO DO WHEN A LOVE ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED OR INCARCERATED!  (Click here to find out more) by Banks Enterprise Legal Consultant Christina Banks

COMMUNITY SERVICES - Back to Nature Programs


Earth Day


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The Benefits of Birding:

  1. Getting in touch with nature and your natural habitat.

  2. It raises your senses either hearing and/or sight.

  3. The exercise; you will walk a lot when bird watching.

  4. It’s beneficial to the birds because usually if you are a birder you’re an environmentalist which means you’ll care about their habitats and become protective.

  5. It’s a good way to build a social network you meet a lot of interesting people.

  6. In some strange way watching birds helps you get to know yourself better and understand people.

  7. As we get older and our children leave home it feels a lot of that void that is left when there are no more football, baseball, basketball or talent shows to go too.

Recommended sites: Allaboutbirds and Sibley Bird App



What is Earth Day: Earth day is the day designated for fostering appreciation of the earth's environment and awareness of the issues that threaten the earth. Some of these threats are: Greenhouse gas emission, Anthropogenic carbon, Oil spill clean-up, Soil contamination from run-off.

When is Earth Day: Earth Day is observed on April 22 and was started in the United States in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to create awareness for the Earth's environment and to encourage conservation efforts.

How can you celebrate Earth Day? You can honor Earth Day by showing your awareness of environmental issues and by letting others know what they can do to make a difference. Even small actions can have great consequences; like the following:

 Pick up litter  •  Recycle  •  Turn off the water when you brush your teeth  •  Switch to online bill payments  •  Use public transportation  •  Turn down your water heater  •  Install energy efficient lights

If you stop to think about it, there are dozens of ways you can lighten your load on the environment and promote a healthy ecosystem.


To find out more visit 

for more information on how you can help preserve our resources and save the world.



Program Contact: Elizabeth Lockerbie - Lady Hoops Case Manager/YTS Case Manager -  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) 1255 Allston Way - Berkeley, CA

Office: 510.845.9010 ext.232 - Email:

Purpose of the Program - The Highway to Work Youth Employment Program is administered by the Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. in partnership with “Youth Service Provider agencies throughout Alameda County and the Banks Enterprise Co-opoly.

Goal of the Program: Our Program provides summer and afterschool employment for youth ages 15-18.


  • Employment Training/Work Experience

  • Participants will receive pre-employment training prior to placement at a worksite

  • Youth agency staff support both the participant and employer during the internship (i.e. weekly site visits and phone calls).

  • Participants earn $8.00/hour and work up to 20 hours/week (summer) and 10 hours/week (afterschool).

  • After placement into an internship, participants receive ongoing professional development training provided by the youth agency staff. Participants receive a stipend in the amount of $25.00 for participating in professional development training.


  ♦  Dr. King Tribute                                    ♦  Banks Enterprise/BYA




  ♦  Service Day 2012                                    ♦  Service Day 2013 Urban Releaf 






BANKS Enterprise supports the efforts of Recycling by providing resources to plug into local recycling opportunities. We also want to educate on; what is recycling, the process of recycling, why to recycle, and how to recycle.


What is Recycling: Recycling refers to the process of collecting used materials which are usually considered as 'waste' and reprocessing them. In this process these used materials are sorted and processed to be used as 'raw materials' for the production of new products.

Process of Recycling: The recycling process involves three stages.

  1. In the first stage, the old products are collected and processed, where they are sorted, cleaned and made ready for recycling or manufacturing new products.

  2. The second stage involves the manufacturing of new products from the raw material obtained by the processing of the old products.

  3. Finally, the process ends with the purchasing of recycled goods by the consumers.


Why Recycle: ■ Saves Energy ■ Reduces Pollution ■ Saves Environmental Conditions ■ Saves Natural Resources  ■ Saves Space for Waste Disposal


What to Recycle:  Plastic Recycling  Paper Recycling  Glass Recycling  Electronic Recycling How to Recycle: 



Program Goals:

Steps-2-Success is a program designed to enhance economic opportunities for young adults. We offer quality resources to remove potential barriers that stand between your academic and vocational success. Our overall mission is to assist you with job development and vocational training. We offer these services free of charge to eligible young adults 16-21 years old, who are residents of Alameda County NOT living in Oakland.


Program Detail: Our program offers these service to young adults on a one-on-one basis

* Academic supplies  * Bus/BART pass (Limited)  * Career Counseling     * College Guidance

* GED Instruction    *  Internship Opportunities   *  Interview & work clothes   

* Job Placement Assistance  *  Reimbursement for tests 

* Paid tuition for vocational training (Individual Case)

Contact: Mieka Claridy- Program Supervisor/ Internship & Training Coordinator 510.845.9010

Wendy Rodrigues- Program Assistant/ Case Manager 510.845.9010 ext. 214



Purpose of the Program


Urban Releaf – Building Healthy Communities One TREE at a Time! Since 1998, Urban Releaf has planted over 15,000 trees and has become one of the preeminent urban forestry groups in the nation which address the need of communities that have little to no greenery or tree canopy.

Goals of the Program: Plant Trees, Sponsor Youth and Enrich the lives of the community


  • Tree planting and maintenance

  • Environmental education and stewardship

  • Empowering residents to beautify their neighborhoods

  • Mentoring and employing at-risk and hard-to-hire youth and adults

Program Contact:  Executive Director Kemba Shakur

835 57th Street; Oakland, CA 94608 - Phone: 510 601.9062 Email:



Volunteerism is Good for your Soul


  ♦ Why Volunteer by Alan Banks


When a person volunteers in his or her community not only does it benefit the community it makes them feel good inside, you have a sense of purpose.


Remember the bible says "it is better to give then to receive". When you volunteer you are showing the youth how they should live their lives. They do what you do, not what you say. 


"You don't get your blessing unless you use your blessings to bless others".

It is also a good time, for the older person to pass on their knowledge to the younger generation.

As well as a good time for the younger person to help the older generation. Such as taking them shopping or to a doctor's appointment. Volunteerism is "Good for your Soul" and a huge part of our family legacy.   Places to Volunteer - Locations Throughout the Bay Area: Bay Area Volunteer Information Center


Recommendations West Bay: City College of San Francisco, Heron's Head Park - San FranciscoProvidence Foundation of San Francisco

Recommendations East Bay : Berkeley Food & Housing Project Berkeley Youth Alternatives Urban Releaf


It is also a good time, for the older person to pass on their knowledge to the younger generation. As well as a good time for the younger person to help the older generation. Such as taking them shopping or to a doctor's appointment.