RISING SUN CENTER FOR OPPORTUNITY

aka Rising Sun   |   Oakland, CA   |  www.risingsunopp.org

Mission

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity's mission is building career pathways for economic equity and climate resilience. We fulfill this mission through two potent workforce development programs, serving over 200 youth and adults annually. Participants receive hands-on job training, work experience, vocational skills, and universal soft skills, helping them launch promising sustainable careers. At the same time, Rising Sun contributes no-cost energy and water efficiency services to thousands of households in the Bay Area and San Joaquin County, boosting regional climate resilience. In support of our mission, we advocate for greater equity and sustainability in local and state-level policymaking related to the environment and environmental justice communities.

Ruling year info

1994

President and Chief Executive Officer

Julia Hatton

Main address

1116 36th Street

Oakland, CA 94608 USA

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Formerly known as

Rising Sun Energy Center

EIN

77-0359133

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Opportunities like Climate Careers are crucial. Not all youth can afford to work unpaid internships, a reality that leaves many without the depth of resume or soft skills that employers desire and results in repercussions throughout their careers. By hiring youth for green jobs that allow them to both grow professionally and make a positive impact, Rising Sun equips them to achieve their full potential while improving local climate resilience. Especially in the Bay Area, improving equal access to careers that offer family-sustaining wages is pivotal; one in five families lack the resources needed to meet basic needs. Opportunity Build provides a path to high road careers in the union construction industry, where entry-level wages range from $21-$40 per hour and jobs provide excellent healthcare and retirement benefits, worker protections, and career advancement potential. Improving access to good jobs helps break cycles of poverty and enable the accrual of intergenerational wealth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Climate Careers

Climate Careers is a job training and employment program for young adults ages 15-24, designed to simultaneously address the serious challenges of climate resilience and youth employment.

Since 2000, Rising Sun has operated Climate Careers on earn-and-learn principles, providing youth much-needed income while promoting environmental awareness and facilitating the development of valuable professional skills. Youth are hired and trained to conduct home appointments called 'Green House Calls' in their communities, offering residents energy- and water-saving services and education around climate resilient behavior.

Green House Calls quantifiably reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the installation of LED light bulbs and other conservation measures—and youth make an exponential impact through their enthusiasm and advice, motivating residents to adopt environmentally-friendly habits.  Presently, Climate Careers serves homes and youth in ten Northern California communities (the nine Bay Area counties plus San Joaquin County).

Climate Careers has saved northern California households over $18 million dollars in energy, over 948 million gallons of water, and has avoided over 117,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Simultaneously, the program has served 1,985 youth, helping them build resumes that demonstrate responsibility and hands-on skill in communication, teamwork, and project planning. All youth hired for Climate Careers come from low-income households. Climate Careers is often their first job, and we are committed to making that a transformative experience. Youth receive paid training, weekly professional development and eco-literacy workshops, opportunities to network with green professionals, and coaching to support their career goals.

Green House Calls are provided at no cost to residents, with targeted outreach to low-income and hard-to-reach populations disproportionately burdened by pollution (including non-native English speakers, seniors, persons with disabilities, and renters).

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

As a state-certified Apprenticeship Readiness Program, Opportunity Build is a path to union apprenticeship in the construction trades for adults facing serious barriers to employment. Through job training, case management, and job placement support, graduates gain the technical and soft skills they need to begin jobs with family-sustaining wages and career advancement potential, breaking cycles of poverty and enabling them to accrue intergenerational wealth.

Opportunity Build training is held for 10 weeks and offers industry-recognized certifications including CPR, OSHA 10, and MC3 (Multi-Craft Core Curriculum). The syllabus includes tool use, safety, applied math, test preparation, and hands-on construction experience in addition to soft skills, professional development, financial management, and physical fitness. This prepares graduates for any of 14 building trades.

Opportunity Build’s trauma-informed, whole-person approach provides not only practical training, but also the individualized support needed to help participants heal and succeed. The program offers holistic follow-up support in the form of 12 months of career assistance to identify job opportunities, connect with employers, and support job retention. Rising Sun also helps participants identify and address their barriers to career success and connects them to appropriate wrap-around social services including substance use counseling, mental health services, and referrals to outside agencies.

Rising Sun is proud to run the only local program that offers an all-female cohort. Especially in the Bay Area, improving equal access to careers that offer family-sustaining wages is pivotal—and Rising Sun is committed to recruiting participants from demographic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the building and construction trades.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rising Sun trained 3,010 youth and adults for great careers in the green economy and beyond between 2000-2020.

Metric tons of greenhouse gas avoided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Climate Careers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rising Sun's residential energy-efficiency work avoided 117,783 metric tons of CO2 emissions from 2000-2020.

Number of households served to date

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Climate Careers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rising Sun served 52,794 households with our no-cost climate-smart energy and water efficiency services from 2000-2020.

KwH of electricty saved due to the organization's services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Climate Careers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rising Sun's residential energy efficiency work has saved 147 million kWh of electricity over 2000-2020.

Gallons of water saved over due to the organization's services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Climate Careers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rising Sun's residential water efficiency work saved California 948,579,604 gallons of water from 2000-2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is to create a just and sustainable future for all people and our planet.

Our workforce development programs specialize in preparing youth, women, and individuals in reentry for high-road careers and green pathways that offer family-sustaining wages.

Climate Careers is designed to simultaneously address the serious challenges of climate change and climate resilience while providing meaningful employment opportunities for youth to both grow professionally and contribute to their financial goals, setting them up for future success. Through our social enterprise model, young leaders gain hands-on work experience, fight climate change, and help community members save resources and money.

Since 2016, Opportunity Build has focused on increasing our recruitment of women, including establishing an all-female program cohort, Women Building the Bay. Although 9-10% of the construction industry is typically composed of women, only 3-4% of those women work high-paying field jobs; women in the U.S. earn on average 81 cents for each male dollar. This gender pay gap does not exist in the trades where pay rates are fixed by experience level, regardless of race or gender. Furthermore, the building trades are one of a limited number of industries that will readily hire adults with criminal backgrounds and pay well without requiring a college degree.

Climate Careers has over a 20-year track record of employing local youth in green jobs and training them to enact environmental solutions. The program includes dedicated year-round staff, allowing it to serve ten counties with summer youth employment and conservation services while continuously innovating. At the same time, Climate Careers has a highly refined schedule for recruitment, outreach, and roll-out developed over years of experience.

Rising Sun's dedicated Opportunity Build staff, with the support of several specialized contract instructors in topics including construction and mathematics, have operated the program since 2009, serving more than 900 adults. Importantly, Opportunity Build maintains strong relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders to enhance the program and provide better outcomes for participants. Partners include construction employers, trade unions, and organizations such as the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, Tradeswomen, Inc., and the West Oakland Job Resource Center. We have priority placement agreements with several local unions and work directly with construction employers and building developers.

Rising Sun has a history of success in helping communities save energy and water; in providing meaningful employment, support, and professional development to youth; and in helping adults secure and succeed in careers paying family-sustaining wages. To date we have trained 3,010 youth and adults, made 52,794 homes more efficient, and offset 117,783 metric tons of CO2.

While Rising Sun has accomplished much, we are focused on continual improvement and acknowledge the need to do more. Rising Sun aspires to inspire systems change, impacting more than the individuals reached through our programs to create positive change in broader communities. We intend to achieve this through a concerted policy and advocacy agenda, and have made important strides towards creating our first policy platform and working in coalition to advocate for improved green job opportunities for entry-level and traditionally underrepresented workers and climate mitigation for the communities most affected by environmental contamination and climate change.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to self-reported need, we recently began offering mental health and substance abuse counseling to our Opportunity Build participants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RISING SUN CENTER FOR OPPORTUNITY

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Phil Miller

Camp Tawonga

Term: 2021 -

Paul Carp

GreenBiz Group, Inc.

Dan Carrington

Accenture

Kathy de Jong

Bay Area SMACNA

Zach Franklin

GRID Alternatives

Moiz Kapadia

Opower

Eduardo Marroquin

UC Merced

Phil Miller

Camp Tawonga

Mel Parker, MD

Kaiser Permanente

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.