Oakland Digital teaches Digital Literacy to West Oakland Youth


Oakland Digital was invited to West Oakland Middle School to speak about the importance of #digitalliteracy and to help 7th graders explore potential #careers in graphic #design and #technology. As a group exercise, students shared messages of #inspiration through hash tags including: #StaySmartandLoveArt #OakTreeofLife #BeInspired #Dream #StayInSchool #StopFightingAndStartWriting #StopThugsFromDoingDrugs #StopTheKilling #InspireOakland and our favorite, #LoveIsRealInOakland.


Photos by Hilda Mendoza, 2014. Post-production and collage by ZTY Media.


#28DaysODALC : Oakland Digital to help make history happen.

Oakland Digital - ODALC - January 2014 - Black History Month


Oakland Digital has teamed with AT&T’s Twenty-Eight Days (#28DaysODALC) to help make history happen.

AT&T is celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth by helping a team of #passionate people leave their own #footprint on history by #volunteering with #OaklandDigital for 28 days. Throughout the month of February, Oakland Digital team members (Misty, Tracy, Omari, Dan, and coach Wayne Sutton) compete by completing challenges and sharing this progress online. Everyone can help these teams reach their goals by watching and sharing weekly challenge videos.

Off to an exciting and epic 2014 >> Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center @ http://bit.ly/1ehRjcf.


Inspiration Awards 2013


Benefiting Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center

Inspiration Awards is an annual fundraising gala celebrating leadership, inspiration and positive change in the community benefiting community programs of Oakland Digital.

Join Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and world renowned Oakland Entrepreneur MC Hammer at Oakland Digital’s fourth annual Inspiration Awards (IA:2013). On this special night, we recognize three San Francisco Bay Area individuals who have contributed to their communities through innovation in technology, business, and creativity.

It is Oakland Digital’s extreme honor to award:


 Creativity Honoree 


An Oakland native, multi-talented actress and singer. Hollywood Records recording artist Zendaya recently released her self-titled debut album. She also stars in the Disney Channel Original Series “Shake It Up” which has aired in 164 countries and reached over 150 million viewers worldwide.  Zendaya impressed judges and fans alike on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” this spring, reaching nearly 13 million households every week.  Zendaya was featured on three soundtracks from the “Shake It Up” series with combined sales of nearly 1 million.  This summer, she released her first book, “Between Me & You” on Hyperion. Zendaya is already a formidable force online with millions following her socials, including 3 million on Facebook, 3.3 million on Twitter, 2.1 million on Instagram and over 135 million views on her videos on VEVO.

Mary O'Connell_IA2013Honoree

 Technology Honoree

 Mary O’Connell 

As Senior director of Global Digital Marketing and Public Relations for The Clorox Company, O’Connell has pioneered innovation in social media marketing creating a fan base of more than 3 million for the Clorox’s brands and developing an “always on” marketing model. Mary has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Her work has won numerous honors, including the first Clios ever awarded to Public Relations programs, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sabres, Anvils, Effies and Emmys.  In 2012, she was named Digital Marketer of the Year by PR News. Last year, she was named one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch.”  

 Business Honoree

 Gene Wade

Wade is the Founder and CEO of UniversityNow, a social venture that operates two online, self-paced universities serving working adults: Patten University and New Charter University. As a serial education entrepreneur, Gene’s work has been profiled by several national media outlets, including, Forbes Magazine, Fast Company and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Gene also shared his personal story and vision for UniversityNow as a TEDx speaker.  

Mistress of Ceremonies:

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Bay Area actress & host Michelle Ashman will be the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. She has starred in short and feature films alike, in addition to producing national commercials, and live events. Ashman has a passion for community and bringing people together, and is honored to be emceeing Oakland Digital’s Inspiration Awards 2013. 

Luminaries in attendance include:
Oakland Entrepreneur & Entertainment Icon MC Hammer

City of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
Oakland Digital’s Executive Director Shaun Tai

This year’s event is shaping up to be our biggest and best yet. Expect libations from Lagunitas Brewing Company to serve their latest and greatest IPA, fresh! Whip up a tasty smoothie as you pedal power a bike blender from Rock The Bike. In addition to drinks from JUST CHILL, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet style dinner from Chef Trace Williams, and desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes Emeryville, we’ll be capturing moments throughout the inspirational night.

Visual Verbs is bringing people and their community together to experience the fun of a photo booth and the style of a photo shoot to share with friends, family and the world – after all life is defined by moments. Experience a mini yoga break by Anasa Yoga before settling into the Inspiration Awards ceremony. Enjoy lively music from local artist, while the fashionably tall from NewFangles strut the runway as we celebrate leadership, inspiration and positive change in the community. 

Preservation Park is a historical landmark from the 1870′s. Two blocks in the heart of downtown Oakland, Preservation Park is a Victorian neighborhood, a unique collection of historic residences transformed into the City’s most innovative workplace and event center.

{Bridging the Digital Literacy Divide}

Inspiration Awards benefits Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization [Tax ID: 27-0720655], helping bridge the digital literacy divide for underserved Oakland small businesses and the opportunity divide for design students seeking employment. Since 2009, Oakland Digital has educated, inspired, and empowered 2,200 East Bay citizens to participate and succeed in the digital economy.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Please contact Shaun Tai at (510) 435-2945 or shaun@odalc.org

 Press / Media Inquiries:
Please email inspiration@odalc.org.



THIS is how you accept an award! Inspiration Awards 2012 Business Honoree, Doug Leeds (CEO at Ask.com), rapping TOO LEGIT TO QUIT by MC Hammer (Honorary Advisor at Oakland Digital).

Behind the scenes footage from Oakland Digital’s Inspiration Awards 2012 hosted by one of our inspiring volunteers, Lady B.

Glam.I.Rock’s “Inspire Oakland” as recorded and performed at Oakland Digital’s Inspiration Awards 2012.


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IA 2012 Photo Booth

[IA:2012 highlights]



Oakland Digital (ODALC)
1224 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612-3913
(510) 435-2945

We look forward to celebrating leadership and inspiration with you!

Sept. 2, 2013: It’sEasierThanYouThink Nationwide Digital Literacy Campaign led by Oakland Digital (ODALC)

Sept. 2, 2013: Oakland Digital Kicks Up Efforts to Bridge The Digital Literacy Divide. Takes Leadership Role in Nationwide Campaign, “ItsEasierThanYouThink”. Urges Digital Citizens to Sign Obama Administration Petition.

The United States faces a Digital Literacy education and skills gap that leaves over 60 Million Americans from utilizing the Internet in their daily lives. Oakland Digital, along with coorganizers launch Awareness and Petition Campaign Designed to Improve Digital Literacy Skills in the U.S. – from Students to Small Businesses.


Oakland Digital - ODALC - It's Easier Than You Think - It'sEasierThanYouThink Campaign


OAKLAND, CALIF. August 30, 2013 – Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (Oakland Digital), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization delivering volunteer-based classes and on-site labs for young adults and local businesses, today announced, in concert with TRAIL and other campaign partners, the launch of a national campaign and White House targeted petition designed to raise awareness, and reduce the plight of millions of Americans disconnected from the digital economy.

Oakland Digital, formed in 2009, serves as a successful community supported model working with local governments and technology leaders to bridge the digital literacy divide.

“Nearly 25,000 new Oakland businesses were launched in 2012. In every case digital technologies offered significant value”, says Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. “Unfortunately, not all are proficient or have the know-how to harness its application. On-the-ground Digital Literacy programs led by Oakland Digital, and their work within the small business community plays a vital role in providing the boost individuals need to bridge the gap.”

The United States faces a digital divide, a skills gap that prevents over 60 million Americans from utilizing the Internet in their daily lives. 1 in 5 Americans say they do not know enough about technology to start using the Internet on their own. Online skills are not only necessary for seeking, applying for and getting today’s jobs, but also to take advantage of the growing educational, civic and health-care advances spurred by broadband.


Oakland Digital - ODALC - It's Easier Than You Think - It'sEasierThanYouThink Campaign


“ItsEasierThanYouThink,” a new national digital literacy awareness campaign, officially kicks off Monday, September 2, 2013 with a White House petition and several public service announcement (PSA) videos addressing the education factors that contribute to the online education and skills gap in America.


The Goals of the “ItsEasierThanYouThink” Digital Literacy Campaign:

  1. Raise awareness with the public about the issue of digital literacy;
  2. Urge the Obama Administration to adopt a national digital literacy policy;
  3. Empower non-Internet users with the tools they need to get online; and
  4. Providing the online community with resources to take action on this important issue


“Most of us in the tech world take the ability to open a browser, conduct a search, or make a post on a social network, for granted”, says Shaun Tai, Executive Director of Oakland Digital. “But to some, it’s a fear right up there with public speaking. The digitally underserved require the tools and assistance needed to become active participants in the information economy.”

Oakland Digital has played an integral role in advancing the importance of digital literacy by hosting community discussions, educational programs, and hands-on classes for small business owners and students in the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, the center has empowered over 2,200 digital citizens.

Oakland Digital - ODALC - It's Easier Than You Think - It'sEasierThanYouThink Campaign

“Becoming a digital citizen has meant the world to me,” says Tonya McKinnis, owner of Blacky’s Haircare in East Oakland, CA. “Through working with Oakland Digital’s Digital Equity 2013 program, I’m now inspired about my business online and my future.”


Your Voice Matters – Get Involved:

Sign and circulate the White House Petition to adopt a national #DigitalLiteracy policy with your friends and constituents by visiting http://www.itseasierthanyouthink.org/.

Digital Literacy Awareness Campaign

Digital Literacy Facts & Figures:

do not know how to use the Internet. This figure is surpasses over 5 billion people worldwide who cannot participate in our information economy.

when it comes to Internet adoption worldwide. We are the world’s largest economy, and we are not the leader when it comes to Internet adoption.

of Fortune 500 companies require that applicants submit job applications online. This means the largest companies in the United States require digital literacy skills.

of African-American households use the Internet compared to 67% of White American households according to the Department of Commerce.

of Americans ages 65 and older use the Internet. They are missing out on critical services and opportunities.

in economic opportunity could lie ahead if we work to get the world’s population online and using the Internet.

say they don’t know enough about technology to start using the Internet on their own. They have no one to teach them how to get online.

of those without a high school education are online and only sixty-two percent of those who make less than $30,000/year are online.

a gate skill, demanded by many employers when they first evaluate a job application. It is also a catalyst for many other important life skills.



About The Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center
The Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (Oakland Digital), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working to increase digital literacy among local design students, small business owners and entrepreneurs. The center provides hands-on educational classes free of charge to the community. For small businesses physically located in Oakland, Oakland Digital holds a three-month “Digital Equity” program, which teaches business owners how to effectively leverage digital-marketing tools in support of their business goals. The program is targeted toward people over 40. Get involved with Oakland Digital by visiting www.fb.com/odalc.



Digital Equity 2013 – Educating & Empowering Oakland Small Business!

Newfangles - Oakland Digital (ODALC)
Newfangles Tall Fashions


Anasa Yoga - Oakland Digital (ODALC)
Anasa Yoga


Blacky's Haircare - Oakland Digital (ODALC)
Blacky’s Haircare


Dorado Tax - Oakland Digital (ODALC)
Dorado Tax & Bookkeeping Service


Lorna Moglia Designs - Oakland Digital (ODALC)
Lorna Moglia Designs



Get involved, get inspired, inspire our community!


July 17: Social Media for Small Businesses at Oakland City Hall



July 17, 2013 | 10AM | Oakland City Hall

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESSES featuring educational presentations from:




Presented by Oakland Digital (ODALC) and co-sponsored by the City of Oakland and the Office of the Mayor, Social Media for Small Businesses is an annual symposium held at Oakland City Hall, Council Chambers.




Now on its third year, SMfSB is an accelerated three-hour event that serves as a neutral, educational and learning platform for local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Let’s Talk About Social Media for Small Businesses

The event introduces practical and emerging social networking platforms to help educate and empower small businesses to succeed in the digital economy. Register today to hear from the leaders of tech: Twitter, Google and Constant Contact. Break social media down into easy-to-understand parts to utilize digital tools and technology as a platform to grow your small business.



Space is limited; FREE registration at www.OaklandSocialMedia.com

2013 INSPIRE Oakland & INSPIRE Berkeley!

[VIDEO] Inspire Oakland 2013 x Mayor Jean Quan


INSPIRE is Oakland Digital’s workforce development program that provides professional development for community college and state-level students pursuing a career in the competitive graphic design job market.

Each year, Oakland Digital asks graphic design students to create a billboard design that conveys the question, “What about your city inspires you?” Three talented students will see their design featured on commercial billboards throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, receive paid internship opportunities, and learn the career-related tools needed to find appropriate employment.


Oakland Digital's 2013 INSPIRE Program

FIRST (1st) PLACE: Ambrosia Shapiro – INSPIRE Oakland 2013

”For me, Oakland has been on a long winning streak in the contest for the best place to live in the Bay. The diversity and history of Oakland, not to mention the amazing architecture and huge artist population, inspire me everyday. Oakland is rich with culture: Over 100 dialects and languages are spoken in the city, and it’s the birthplace of the Black Panther movement.

I wanted to create a design that nods to that very important past while at the same time shows the fresh, new, and exciting place Oakland is today. Children’s Fairyland, Art Murmur, gondola rides on Lake Merritt, swimming in Lake Temescal, and farmer’s markets almost everyday of the week are just a few reasons why Oakland is the place to be.”


Oakland Digital's 2013 INSPIRE Program

FIRST (1st) PLACE: Marilia Lobo – INSPIRE Berkeley 2013

”For my billboard art I tried to embrace all the elements that represent Berkeley to me; the bear is the California symbol, and also it’s the UC Berkeley mascot, he is with a megaphone because UC Berkeley was the stage where very important movements such as women rights and free speech took place in the 60’s.

The background’s boldness is to represent the present and retro kind of look for the past. It is colorful, because I have never seen a place that holds so much diversity in a positive way as Berkeley has. Berkeley is a colorful, creative and engaged melting pot; people who live there tend to make the difference in the society.

I’m studying animation (at Berkeley City College), but I graduated in Industrial Design, Visual Programming in Brazil, and I would be sooooo happy to get an internship with ODALC!”


Oakland Digital --- www.odalc.org

View the Top 10 INSPIRE Oakland 2013 Student Designs

View the Top 5 INSPIRE Berkeley 2013 Student Designs

Learn more about Oakland Digital’s INSPIRE Program


Fine Furniture & Art in Uptown Oakland

At the epicenter of the Art Murmur and holding it down on Broadway decades before First Friday hit the Oakland nightlife, Rosewood House is celebrating its 44th year in business with an Anniversary Sale.

Featuring fine furniture handmade in polished hardwoods, and Asian antiques rivaling the collections you have to pay to see in Asian Art museums, you should stop in just to soak in the fineness of the exquisitely curated collection.

A warm message from its founder, welcoming you and your friends and family to check in.


Rosewood House 44th Anniversary Sale
May 18th through June 16th, hours: 12pm to 6pm.
2523 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-7373



(original story at LoveOakland.com)

March 2013 – Support Oakland Small Business! #DEDI


Linden Travel is a travel agent in Oakland, CA, located at 936A Clay Street between 9th St & 10th St. Linden Travel arranges travel for business or pleasure, among other services including flight / train / bus / hotel / resort reservations, discounts and travel packages. For more details about Linden Travel call (510) 763-7957.


Customer testimonial: “Excellent service! Mr. Lam tends to give very direct and personalized service. No matter what the time of day, Mr. Lam takes his time and helps to find the best prices. I tend to travel in and out of the country on a very regular basis, since re-locating to the States. I research the internet before going to see Mr. Lam… and he still finds me the best prices around. The other thing I would like to share is that he is so warm, open and caring about you as an individual, and that isn’t often come by these days!





Located in Oakland Chinatown, Oakland City Trading Co is a wonderful family-owned business where you can purchase everything from Chinese newspapers, to hard-to-find movies & music, and even lotto tickets!


Oakland City Trading Co
321 9th St
Oakland, CA 94607
Neighborhood: Oakland Chinatown
(510) 893-5266




oakheadstart1 OAKLAND HEAD START: The Department of Human Services builds strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland.

We value diverse views and engage in open communication with our community partners. These communications are collaborative and creative, resulting in services that address the changing and emerging needs of the community.

oak2 We look forward to hearing from you so we can better serve Oakland residents.

The Head Start Advisory Panel was created to assist the Oakland City Council in its governance role for the Head Start program and is composed of at least six members appointed by the City Council’s Life Enrichment Committee.

The Head Start Advisory Panel advises and provides recommendations to the City Council in key program areas such as:

  • Program planning
  • Needs of Head Start eligible families and how those needs can be addressed within the mandates of the program
  • Program philosophy, multi-year goals and annual objectives
  • Selection of new delegate agencies to operate part of the program

oak022597 Learn more about OAKLAND HEAD START:

Oakland Head Start
505 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612





BeWell Chiropractic Clinic
Neurology • Orthopaedic • Clinical Nutrition


What_Is_Chiro Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.


  • Auto/Car Accident Injury (Whiplash) Care
  • Sports Injury Care
  • Work Injury Care
  • Neck / Back / Joint Pain Care
  • Disc Herniation/Bulge Care
  • Pediatric / Geriatric Patient Care
  • Acute Care
  • Neurology Care

For a FREE consultation from BeWell Chiropractic Clinic, Call our 24-HOUR LINES at (510) 565-0226 and visit http://www.drwonyoo.com/.


February 2013 – Support Oakland Small Business! #DEDI


Visit Oakland Medical Supply, LLC for Medical Supplies, Surgical, Lab, Diagnostic & Medical Specialty Products.


They are located in Oakland Chinatown:

Oakland Medical Supply, LLC.
823 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94607





Serving the Bay Area for over 30 years — New Arts Carpet Co. does all carpeting and flooring projects for residential and commercial properties. As a family owned business we pride ourselves on good customer service and fair prices. Please call (510) 839-6688 today for a free estimate!

We feature premium quality brands you know and trust.  We offer all your flooring needs including carpet, tile, hardwood, marble, vinyl, laminate and more.


Whether it’s a small project or a complete renovation, we provide the removal and disposal of your old carpeting/flooring and will even move your furniture.

New Arts Carpet Co was originally opened by my father Samuel. I took over the business in 1996 and having continued to run it with my wife. It is our mission to always provide quality flooring services through our professional customer service and affordable prices.”





At Pacific Dental we offer the highest quality preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental care. Our dentists have years of experience in everything from routine dental checkups, fillings, and teeth cleaning to treating more complex dental problems.


A healthy smile is not only a wonderful asset, it’s also a key to your overall good health.

Call now for an appointment at (510) 873-0876. Don’t hesitate to contact Pacific Dental if you have any questions. We are here to help, and look forward to speaking with you!

Pacific Dental
801 Harrison St.
Oakland, CA 94607





Asian Network Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation specializes in Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Home Care, Private Attendant Care, and Professional Staffing.


Physical therapy is a very important in enhancing primary health care & improving the quality of life.

Visit Asian Network Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation today at:

821 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 268-0222


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