Warriors, Kaiser Permanente host generation thrive at Oakland grand opening

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The Golden State Warriors, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, hosted the grand opening of Generation Thrive at the Warriors’ Oakland Facility today. Generation Thrive, a unique not-for-profit center, works to empower the vulnerable educational community and focus support efforts in three key areas: educational equity, college and career readiness, and health and well-being.

Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Brandon Schneider, Warriors Community Foundation Board Chair Nicole Lacob, and Warriors players Juan Toscano-Anderson and Jonathan Kuminga, joined Kaiser Permanente President Carrie Owen Plietz along with the mayor from Oakland, Libby Schaaf, and Oakland Unified School District Superintendent to Kyla Johnson-Trammell of Generation Thrive in Oakland for making today’s announcement.

“Generation Thrive initially launched virtual programs at the onset of the pandemic to address the urgent needs of educators and our community amid the most devastating economic and social crisis of our time,” said Nicole Lacob, executive chair of the Warriors Community Foundation. “We are beyond excited to finally host a grand opening for in-person programs at Generation Thrive’s Oakland headquarters. As a former educator, I am all too familiar with the ongoing challenges of teaching. I’m thrilled that we can support educators, teachers and non-profits that serve students and shape the next generation of young minds.”

Generation Thrive will support community organizations and allies serving youth with essential resources, technical assistance, training and networking opportunities to accelerate the impact of their programs. Organizations participating in Generation Thrive provide Bay Area youth with learning, enrichment, health promotion and wellness opportunities, including educational and career support, to increase and diversify the STEM and healthcare workforce.

Located at 1011 Broadway in downtown Oakland, Generation Thrive underwent a construction process that included renovating the kitchen to an open concept to encourage collaboration, upgraded meeting rooms and workspaces, and technology to support the delivery of resources to nonprofits. Construction was completed by Abayla Contracting Services, with architecture and interior design by Arcsine.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to creating communities where people can be healthy wherever they live, learn, work and play,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, President of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. “The COVID-19 pandemic presents so many challenges for youth, especially in underserved communities. Through Generation Thrive’s programs, Kaiser Permanente and the Golden State Warriors will provide educators and students with the support and resources needed to help us build resilient and healthy communities.”

The 20-year partnership represents a commitment to transforming a generation of youth. This also expands the long-term relationship between the Golden State Warriors and Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s premier healthcare providers and nonprofit healthcare plans, both of which pride themselves on empowering youth and supporting communities in the Bay Area. Their common goal is to find solutions to the persistent educational and achievement gaps among youth in the Bay Area. For example, while California’s overall high school graduation rates have increased significantly in recent years to an average of 81 percent, graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students in the Bay Area continue to lag behind. These two organizations recognize that by working together, they can help school districts fill this gap.

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