Give the Gift of Creative Exploration

Each year we proudly reach over 8,500 young learners and their families through our interactive learning spaces at our center on Lake Merritt, our after-school classes, workshops and camps, and our community partnership programs that take place throughout all seven districts of Oakland and beyond.

The Junior Center relies on the generosity of our supporters to make our work happen.


Supports bringing a Junior Center teaching artist or scientist to a local classroom of 30 students for an 8-visit residency.


Helps fund state-of-the-art technology, tools, and materials in our Youth Makerspace and art supplies in our Youth Art Studio.


Funds a student to participate in an after-school arts or science class using our sliding scale fee.


Helps fund building materials for one student to design and build their own projects in our carpentry class.

Any amount makes a huge difference to the young learners we serve each day. Give a gift today by clicking the donate button.

Donate to the Fire Relief Fund

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to temporarily close our center. Earlier this year, there was a building fire that has significantly damaged the center and will prevent us from reopening until next year. Despite these setbacks, we continue our work through Virtual JCAS and continued collaboration with our school and community partners. 

On behalf of the children and families we serve each year, we thank you!