Step It Up Program


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Step It up 2022-23 applications ARE CLOSED FOR THE YEAR!
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The mission of the Step It Up program is to support OSA’s diversity and outreach commitment by making arts education accessible to BIPOC youth from Title 1 OUSD schools. In 2020, we partnered with The People’s Conservatory, and are proud to continue that partnership into the 2022-23 school year. 
Through afterschool arts education programming, recruitment efforts, and community partnerships, Step It Up is focused on connecting with and preparing underserved and marginalized students from Oakland and surrounding areas for successful entrance into OSA while providing opportunity for development of artistic interest and talents. Students who complete the Step It Up program are given additional preference in the OSA admission lottery process.
Physical applications are available in English, Spanish, and Mandarain at OSA's 18th Street entrance (530 18th St.) or by request. Please contact
Questions? Check out our FAQ in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
The Step It Up program will meet from 5-7 pm on the following 14 dates (excluding holidays) at OSA (530 18th St): 
  • October 3rd (first day of classes), 17th, 24th, & 31st
  • November 7th, 14th, & 28th
  • December 5th & 12th 
  • January 9th, 23rd, & 30th
  • February 6th & 13th

Step It Up Team:

Kev Choice - Program Director
Cava Menzies - Operations & Outreach
Jordan Karnes - Communications 
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