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Youth ALIVE! believes that violence is preventable. 

Teens on Target (TNT)

TNTAt Teens on Target, students from Oakland neighborhoods most affected by violence learn to honor their own stories and to use their experience to make change. They learn to speak to the media and to city leaders. They are taught a youth-authored, comprehensive, six-session violence prevention curriculum, which they then present, in the form of workshops, to middle school students across the city.

Everything we do today at Teens on Target, the dozens of youth leaders and peer violence prevention educators we train each year, the hundreds of middle school students those young leaders and educators reach each year, began with a group of 1989 Castlemont High School students who wanted to make a difference. They were growing up in one of Oakland’s most violent communities. They understood the violence and the pain from the inside. Their stories needed to be heard, their wisdom shared. TNT became their outlet and their cause. Those students developed a comprehensive violence prevention curriculum as a way of creating a discussion on a violence and its causes.

Through Teens on Target, hundreds of young Oaklanders are engaged each year in a vital conversation about violence awareness, alternatives and prevention. Learn more about TNT and read stories from our participants.

Interested in starting your own youth violence prevention program? Download the Teens on Target Program Manual.

Youth ALIVE! didn’t just change my life. It saved my life. And now I want to do the same for my friends and my community.  — Latrae, 16-year-old TNT Peer Educator


We raise the voices of those affected by violence to develop solutions to the violence. Gun violence is linked to the availability of guns in the community, as well as to other root causes that can be addressed through advocacy. We advocate for sensible policies that reduce gun, gang, family and dating violence. Our staff and youth leaders work with civic, state and federal leaders to design and pass laws that encourage safety, such as the state ban on assault weapons and the successful campaign to stop the Oakland Tribune from printing ads for guns. Read about our legislative successes and the bills we currently are supporting.

Read about our legislative successes and the bills we currently are supporting.