"It's why I ran for City Council."

"In 1995, I vividly remember delivering food for families at Oak Ridge Elementary School when I was working at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services off Broadway." 

"It was not the bright hub you see today, it was dismal. I looked up at the ceiling, it was leaking everywhere. I couldn't believe this was how we were serving our youth. That was the day I decided to run for Sacramento City Unified School Board, and it is the reason why I ran for City Council."  

- Jay


WayUp’s cornerstone workforce development and employment initiative is the creation of a Medical Innovation Zone (MedZone) on Stockton Boulevard in close relationship with UC Davis Medical Center, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Dignity Health.


WayUp is committed to the empowering the Oak Park neighborhood and makes education a top priority. Education is a key driver to ending the cycle of poverty for many families. WayUp has established Oak Park Smart—a place-based network of all Oak Park schools and other educational facilities along the education corridors of Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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The Sacramento Urban Nursery (SUN) will become 4.6 acre working urban community garden and green space located at the site of the former Sacramento Tree Nursery. Building on WayUp’s success in grassroots community development and youth engagement, the SUN will increase access to fresh, healthy foods, provide jobs and workforce development for young people in the community, and create new entrepreneurial opportunities for residents and small businesses in Sacramento.