School is here! Get ready for 1st Saturdays – The Official Monthly Volunteer / Recruitment Day!

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Sign up at our booth September 9th

Join us September 9th, at Lakeview Middle school for the Official Back to School Volunteer Fair presented by The Oakland Education Fund and Volunteering for Oakland. The Familyhood Connection Inc will have a booth promoting our 1st Saturdays -monthtly...
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1st represents the 1st Saturday of every month as the official monthly volunteer/recruitment day at school sites and more.

1stSaturdays is the ‘do now’ strategy to advance a community towards #Familyhood.

#Familyhood is defined by David N. Roach, aka Hotep as a “community development strategy that utilizes the location of schools and their inter-generational population as the center for development.

Our Story

During my years at Morehouse College, I was given an assignment by then Director of the Business Department Dr. William Sheftal to find economic solutions for the African -American community.

My research led me to The Tuskegee Model in Tuskegee Alabama, founded by Booker T. Washington. If you are not familiar with Booker T. Washington, I highly recommend reading his autobiography “Up From Slavery.” In short, he was born in slavery, later educated and founded Tuskegee in 1881.

During my research, I concluded “The Tuskegee Model” – A team similar to Booker T. Washington, Dr. George W. Carver and Thomas Campbell today, with those similar roles could improve our economy today.
In so many ways, aspects of ‘The Tuskegee Model” are being implemented across the country. Most universities and many high schools have some sort of farm to school, 4-h whatever you want to call them…happening all over the world, America. Schools where youth are growing things, selling things, attending conferences, learning pathways in various industries, etc. However, rarely are these programs happening in disenfranchised neighborhoods.



#Familyhood is driven by two main motto’s: 1) The Friends of school motto: which states: “every school shall have a student government association, a Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association.”

Since many schools do no have these three basic school based organizations, The Friends of School motto utilizes 1st Saturdays to recruit new members to these organizations and to share updates.

#Familyhood promotes these three main organizations to collaborate. This collaboration is called #Familyhood.

The second motto: 2) is called The Mo’ Better Food motto: which states, ” every school shall have a garden, a farmers market and a grocery store.” 1st Saturdays promotes #Familyhood to come together every month to promote their schools garden, farmers market and future grocery store.

1stSaturdays also welcomes information booths from local businesses/organizations to share resources/opportunities to #Familyhood.


# Friends of school states
“every school shall have a Student Government Association, Parent Teacher Association and

#Familyhood is an inter-generational approach of increasing sustainability from within the community.

We are seeking local, national and partners that share our two motto’s. We realize #Familyhood is not an overnight solution. Since, #Familyhood is based on increasing governance from within our schools – the collaboration of (S.G.A +PTA + ALUMNI), the direct benefits will take some time to realize from within a neighborhood.

We estimate around 5 years.
Because, 5 years will enable some of the students involved now to eventually graduate and return as Alumni to advance the Mo’ Better Food projects (garden, farmers market, grocery store).

Join us!

Contact us today!

Kicking off November 4th, 2017 - START!`

Mo Better Food states,
“every school shall have a garden, a farmers market and a grocery store.”




James Harris

President Oakland Unified School District Board

Shaniece Alexander

Oakland Food Policy Council

Maggie Croushore

Oakland’s Mayor Office / Oakland Promise

Rob Bennaton

University of California Cooperative Extension

Alameda & Contra Costa County Director

Lynette Mcelhaney

Oakland’s City Council Member

Jennifer LeBarre

Oakland Unified School District’s Director of Nutrition Services

We are reaching out to representatives of different organizations to ask for their support for #Familyhood.
Basically, we asked them to read this to understand #Familyhood and if they agreed to sign below:

You can also download it here.
Read it thoroughly and if you agree,
sign it and we will add you and your organization to our list of supporters!

#1stSaturdays is the “do now” strategy of advancing a community towards #Familyhood.

#1stSaturdays promotes these three main school based (#Familyhood) organizations to collaborate in managing/operating the schools garden, farmers market and grocery store.

#1stSaturdays gives space to the schools three main organizations by enabling booth space for their organizations to outreach as well as time during the volunteer effort to share up- dates/announcements in the spirit of recruiting additional members to join their organizations.

Help us spread #Familyhood by making a donation to The Familyhood Connection. Our mission is to promote programs that bring the generations together to improve communities. # Familyhood is our vision. #1stSaturdays is our ‘do now” strategy to achieve it.

Thank you for your consideration!

Your donation supports us to increase sustainability from the people up! is a project of The Familyhood Connection Inc, a 501 (C-3) non-profit corporation in the State of California. Our Mission is to promote programs that bring the generations together to improve communities. Tax Id# 94-3220394

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

We are seeking sponsors to support 1stSaturdays!
Your company/organization’s logo/name will added to this site and other marketing as noted: click here for our sponsorship overview page.

If you represent a school, sign your school up to kick off 1st Saturdays on September 2nd 2017.

If you would like to Volunteer, we recommend receiving your CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS from Oakland Educational Fund (they handle the volunteering process in Oakland schools).

Where Do We Go From Here?

Follow Hotep…Our Vision…Our Strategy!

David N. Roach Updates








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