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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.



Andrea President photoOur Guitar Instructor and Co-Site Manager, Andrea President was recently honored with being named the new Alameda County Chapter President for the incredible non-profit organization, Guitars Not Guns.

Guitars Not Guns provides volunteer instructors and programming to teach foster and at-risk youth how to play the guitar. "I'm very passionate about music and the well-being of our youth. Working with Guitars Not Guns is a dream come true. My hope is to bring happiness to many kids in my new roll as President."

This Summer Guitars Not Guns will be offering free Guitar Classes at DACA. For more information please call (510) 615-5807. Sign up early. Classes will fill up fast.

2015-2016 After School Program

During the 2014-2015 school year we once have had the honor of hosting the youth from The East Oakland Leadership Academy (EOLA). It's been great watching them grow and learn here at DACA. Please take a moment to check out an entertaining look at "EOLA at DACA" on our YouTube Channel.

EO Leadership Academy PhotoTalks have already started between us to host EOLA's students for the next school year. Most schools, just like EOLA, may have already started to plan for the next year's after school programs. DACA would love to be a part of your after school plans. We can put together special packages to accommodate the needs of your school.

Please call us (510) 615-5807 or email us at info@dacaoakland.com to set up an appointment to find out what we can do for your school. In the meantime, please check out some of our current Programs.

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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