Ella Baker Center For Human Rights

Mission: The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign creates opportunities in the green economy for poor people and people of color through policy advocacy, public outreach, and an employment pipeline – the Green Jobs Corps. Through this campaign, the Ella Baker Center is working to ensure that this green economy is strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Approach: The Center sought Full Circle Fund’s assistance to develop and launch the Oakland Green Jobs Corps city-wide job training and paid internship program that prepares low- income and at-risk youth for careers in the green and clean tech industries. They also desired a training toolkit that could be used as a model and adapted by other cities looking to develop and scale green jobs programs.


  • Full Circle Fund’s team researched and authored the Making Green Work toolkit. The toolkit includes a roadmap, policy recommendations, best practices, and a series of seven case studies.

  • The toolkit is now being used to replicate comprehensive green jobs worldwide. Since its 2010 debut it has been downloaded over 100 times throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

  • The Oakland Green Jobs Corps launched in 2008 and was the model for California’s Green Corps.

  • “What we’re trying to do at the Ella Baker Center – and what we’re so proud to be doing in partnership with Full Circle Fund – is to birth a new green economy and create green pathways out of poverty for young people.” - Van JonesCo-Founder and President, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights


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