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The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy (DACA) is a state of the art facility designed to give teens an opportunity to learn and grow, while having a good time with instructors and fellow members.

Our Mission

The Digital Arts and Culinary Academy's mission is to help teens, aged 12 thru 16, grow and build self confidence through the learning of at least one of four components in our program: Digital Audio Production, Digital Video Production, Culinary Arts, or Urban Agriculture. Our goal is to help our youth excel and create a better life and community for themselves and others.

Our Programs

We offer two programs and a host of what we call Intensive Classes. Please go to the "Programs" page for detailed information about our programs and intensive classes.


Summer Fun For Deserving Youth

For the past few years our participants have asked if we could go on a field trip to Great America, but we haven't had the funds to go. This year we would like to make their wish come true. So we have started a GoFundMe fundraiser for our 2015 Summer Day Camp participants to go on this much deserved trip.

Please donate whatever you can on our GoFundMe page. Your contribute will be very helpful and truly appreciated by our teens.

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Guitars Not Guns

by Cameryn Richardson

EO Leadership Academy PhotoThe first week of beginning guitar class has been a smash hit and has quickly filled. The kids are very enthusiastic about the program and are excited to learn guitar.

Once again, Guitars Not Guns, Inc. (GNG) is the sponsor of our beginning guitar classes. GNG is an organization that encourages at-risk kids and teens to learn guitar as an alternative means of expressing themselves. “We are truly grateful to have Andrea President, our music instructor and Co-Site Manager at DACA,” states Co-Site Manager, Claytoven Richardson. Serendipitously, she is also President of the Alameda County Chapter of GNG.

Please check out more Photos on our Facebook page.

Join us at the Digital Arts & Culinary Academy (DACA) today. For teens, ages 12 thru 16!

For more information, to pick up an activity registration form, or to schedule a tour of the center,
please call us at (510) 615-5807 or email us at info@dacaoakland.com.

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The City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation (OPR) is fully committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please make accommodation requests at least 10 days prior to an event. Direct all inquiries concerning program and disability accommodation to the OPR Inclusive Recreation Coordinator, Erin Burton at (510) 597-5064 or eburtons@oaklandnet.com. TTY callers please dial (510) 615-5883.

Founded by Oakland City Council Member, Desley Brooks

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