Community connections are a core part of how Rubicon Programs works to achieve its mission. That's because we know that no one person or organization can break the cycle of poverty alone. It takes many collaborators -- our participants, staff, and you.
East Bay State of Mind is an opportunity to treat yourself, and your guests, to a fun and inspiring evening in support of Rubicon's vision of an East Bay without poverty.
Rubicon Programs Presents:
East Bay State of Mind '18
April 12, 2018 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612
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6:00pm - Doors Open + Cocktail Hour
6:30pm - Fireside Chat with Luvvie Ajayi | The Power of Social Media for Good
7:30pm - Dinner + Values Awards| Keynote by Luvvie & Inspiration by Rubicon
8:45pm - Book Signing
9:00pm - After Party Hosted by Rubicon's Young Professionals Board
East Bay State of Mind raises funds and awareness for Rubicon's life-changing services. Our mission is to transform East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty.
East Bay State of Mind comes at an exciting time at Rubicon. 2018 marks the end of the first year of transition to our new program model -- a bold re-thinking of how we tackle the complicated factors that cause poverty.
With our new model, we equip people for not only employment, but also family-sustaining careers. We help our participants succeed by supporting them as they build assets, improve their health, and nurture professional and personal connections. And, we empower people to become change agents capable of leveraging their success to shape the policies and institutions that impact their lives.
About Keynote Speaker
Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A twelve-year blogging veteran, she's the voice behind the respected and hilarious AwesomelyLuvvie.com, where she covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit.
Her first book I'm Judging You released by Henry Holt & Co. (division of MacMillan) debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List list and has gained major media mentions including NPR, Chicago Tribune, Mashable, and NBC News. Her book was recently optioned by Shonda Rhimes for television. Luvvie has spoken at the UN's Social Good Summit, Consumer Reports, MAKERS Conference, Twitter, Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Facebook, among others.
"Luvvie Ajayi: The Internet's Newest Comic Phenom"
- The New York Times
About Our Values Awardees
This year, we're doing something special: celebrating the community leaders who made real change happen, all while demonstrating our core values of hope, humility and justice for all.
Our first annual Values Awards will be given by Rubicon Programs and our partners, the Asian Prisoners Support Committee and the Safe Return Project, at East Bay State of Mind on April 12, and will spotlight the remarkable advocates who passed A.B. 1008, the "Ban the Box" Fair Chance Hiring Act.
All of Us or None
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
National Employment Law Project
Time for Change Foundation
State Legislative Leaders
State Senator Bill Dodd
State Senator Steve Glazer
State Senator Nancy Skinner
State Senator Bob Wieckowski
Assemblymember Kansen Chu
Assemblymember Ron Bonta
Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
Assemblymember Bill Quirk
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
We transform East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty.
No one service is sufficient to address the many challenges people living in poverty face. Our theory of change explicitly reflects the importance of providing the resources and support our participants need to not only increase their earned income and improve their mental and physical health, but also to build assets, and strengthen their connections with family and community.
We believe that guided participation and achievement across all four components of Income, Assets, Wellness, and Social Connections equips our participants to climb their unique ladder of prosperity. Financial capital, social capital, and human capital are all essential for individuals, families, and communities to break intergenerational poverty. Our theory is supported by findings of the Economic Mobility Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts and other respected research in the field.