The East Oakland Boxing Association serves youth ages 5-20 who are residents of Oakland. Our programs are divided into two age ranges:
Younger Youth: (Ages 5-13) Youth ages 5-13 are eligible to enroll in the EOBA afterschool program.
Older youth: (Ages 14-20) Youth ages 14-20 are eligible to enroll in our Youth Enterprise, Cornerman Mentor, and/or Boxing Program. Youth enrolled in the Boxing program are required to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours a month to maintain their gym membership.
EOBA Aims to address wellness in the following Areas:
EMOTIONAL: As outlined by the intake, EOBA seeks to consider emotional factors such as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and attention. Assuming any areas are flagged as “significant” or in the “at risk” category per EOBA’s standards, the “Cornerman” program is available to support identified areas, as best it can.
SOCIAL: EOBA considers if there are significant emotional factors impacting the youth’s ability to navigate their social circles, and it also considers the support systems in their immediate circle and if advocacy would be beneficial.
PHYSICAL: EOBA promotes physical health through its focus on diet and exercise. EOBA considers its internal the baseline standards for physical health with his holistic perspective. The “Cornerman” program is able to focus on
ENVIROMENTAL: EOBA considers how the youth are doing in terms of their environment, as it relates to the intersection of their home, school, and community. Should there be any identified concerns in these areas, the “Cornerman” program will aim to focus on supporting these areas.
INTELLECTUAL/OCCUPATIONAL: EOBA considers literacy and academic grades as part of its intake and quarterly assessments. Assuming students are not meeting minimum expectations with regard to grades, the “Cornerman” program seeks to support students in making progress. For older youth, EOBA can provide support in applying for college or acquiring vocational skills if this is an area of interest.
FINANCIAL: Although the youth at EOBA are not directly responsible for their financial independence or wellness, it is important to consider the financial wellness of their families as it relates to access to resources. Additionally, the “Cornerman” program may attempt to support any stress that may manifest as a result of difficulties arising from financial difficulties.
SPIRITUAL: EOBA does not promote any specific religious beliefs or theologies. However, values such as hope, resilience, and ethics are considered per EOBA’s scope of support. Many of these factors will be considered per other areas of wellness, but EOBA believes that it all culminates with this focus on spiritual wellness