Acta Non Verba’s 2nd Annual Silent Reading Benefit Party: Rise Up!

Join us in celebrating Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project’s 2nd Annual Silent Reading Benefit Party, hosted by world renown MC & Poet, Ms. Ryan Nicole! PLUS!! Meet our New York Times best selling guest author, Justina Ireland! 

Bring your favorite book to the gorgeous Lake Merritt Sailboat House (568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland) the evening of Saturday, November 16th, from 6pm – 8pm.

Drink wine & spirits, eat delicious locally-sourced food. Bid on goodies, provided by local business and partners, at our Silent Auction! Support the work of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project and meet our other special guests and ANV’s Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence awardees! 

Early Bird tickets are on sale until October 7. Limited amount available so be sure to get yours ASAP!


Make sure to check out our VIP package & sponsorship opportunities!
ANV’s Silent Reading Benefit 2018

Hope to see you there!

Sponsor Acta Non Verba’s 2nd Annual Silent Reading Party Benefit: Rise Up!


Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) is an East Oakland based
nonprofit organization that was established in 2010 to empower youth to
plan, plant, harvest and sell organically grown produce. Uniquely, 100% of
the proceeds are placed into savings accounts for their educational

We invite you and your organization to participate as one
of our major sponsors for our upcoming 2nd Annual Silent Reading
Benefit Party, scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019
from 6pm-9pm at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House in Oakland, CA. Event
proceeds will benefit our 2020 programs.

The evening will feature a New York Times Bestselling guest author and
include a short reading, wine, spirits and heavy appetizers. Awards will be
presented to our 2019 Victory V. Lee Award for Excellence awardees and, of
course silent reading.

Since 2010, ANV has supported over 4,000 local youth and their families.
This year, ANV is excited to celebrate 9 years of successful outcomes.
Sponsoring Benefit Highlights (depending on sponsorship level):

  • Social media, print, and/or email promotion to over 25,000 local
  • Banner space at the event
  • Reserved seating and VIP event tickets

Please find the event’s Sponsorship Package for an overview of partnership opportunities.  

For more information, please contact Kelly Carlisle at or
our Board Chair, Jelissa Parham at

Your support will help us continue to achieve our goals, build community,
and make Oakland a safe, healthy, and equitable place to live and GROW!
We look forward to seeing you at this empowering community event.

Thank you for your continued and sustaining support.

Warmest Regards,

Kelly D. Carlisle, Founder & Executive Director

Grow Your Sponsorship Today!

(See Sponsorship Levels Below)


Sponsorship Levels

Abundance Sponsor Starting at $10,000.00
  • Naming Benefits: Major Sponsor of our 2020 youth activities (Camp and After School Program) 
  • Marque company ID listing (Company branding on Cover of Event Program, on the face of the ticket and on online receipt) in all marketing and promotional collateral, press materials & social media
  • 2 VIP Tickets*, reserved event seating for eight (8) other guests and gift bags (including ANV sweatshirts and reusable Kleen Kanteen Tumblers!)
  • Prominent online sponsor profiles: E-Newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Onsite speaking and signage opportunities
  • Full-Color Inside or Back Page Advertisement in the Commemorative Program Booklet
Garden Delight Sponsor Starting at $5,000.00
  • Naming Benefits: Sponsor of our 2020 youth activities (Camp and After School Program)
  • Company ID listing in all marketing and promotional collateral, press materials & social media
  • Reserved event seating for eight (8) guests and gift bags (including ANV t- shirts!)
  • Online sponsor profiles: E-Newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Full-Color Inside Advertisement in the Commemorative Program Booklet
Heirloom Tomato Sponsor Starting at $3,000.00
  • Naming Benefits: Sponsor one of the activities on one of our upcoming Mini-Camps
  • Reserved event seating for six (6) guests, ANV t-shirts
  • Company ID sponsor listing in marketing and promotional collateral, press materials & social media
  • Special acknowledgement in online platforms: Enewsletter
Summer Squash Sponsor Starting at $1,500.00
  • Reserved event seating for four (4) guests
  • Company ID sponsor listing in marketing and promotional collateral and social media
  • Special acknowledgement in online platforms: Enewsletter
Chocolate Mint Sponsor Starting at $750.00
  • Event tickets for and t-shirts for two (2) guests
  • Acknowledgement in online platforms: E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

*VIP Tickets are also available for purchase separately and include:

VIP Ticket Holders Will Receive: 
  • VIP Mixer with Special Guest Author, Victory V. Lee Awardees and ANV’s Executive Director
  • A signed copy of Authors book
  • ANV Branded Kleen Kanteen 10 oz. Tumbler

About Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV)

ANV provides a space for local youth to:
  • Learn the business of sustainable agriculture,
  • Participate in fun activities that promote fitness,
  • Discover healthy cooking and nutrition,
  • Undertake interactive arts, science, and reading projects,
  • And develop financial literacy by depositing earnings from the harvest into bank accounts that can only be used by students for educational purposes.
Over the last Eight (9) years, Acta Non Verba has:
  • Served more than 4,000 youth through our seasonal Camps, After-School Program, Leaders In Training (LIT) Program, and community events;
  • Planted and harvested 22 garden beds at ANV Farm @Tassafaronga Park,
  • Designed and maintain a farm with raised beds and fruit trees at the Oakland Stadium in partnership with the Oakland Athletics,
    Leaders In Training (LIT’s) at “The Farm” at the Oakland A’s Stadium!
  • The 1/ 8th acre WOW Farm in West Oakland is now a project of ANV with produce sold through our:
  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business and local restaurants as well as provided free of charge to nearby low-income families through our food pantry;
  • Expanded from one Summer Camp ANV to four seasonal camps during each Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) holidays, providing a safe space for local youth to learn the business of sustainable agriculture, engage in activities that promote fitness, learn about healthy cooking and nutrition, complete arts, science, and reading projects, and get outside into nature;
  • Developing financial literacy and a pathway to success by depositing all earnings from the farm harvest into bank accounts for participating youth that can only be used by students for educational purposes.

Camp ANV Summer 2019 Recap!

From the desk of our Camp Manager, Miss Nataly ortiz: 

During Session One of Camp ANV 2019, campers enjoyed art classes, photography, and were empowered through farming, cooking, and fun & educational field trips! A special thank you to Revolution Foods, who paid us a visit with their Mobile Kitchen showing us more examples of what healthy eating can look like in our community! 

Campers experienced a weekend camping at Lake Del Valle, where they helped with meal prep, cooking, enjoyed boat rides around the lake and ended their nights with an appreciation circle and s’mores.

We’re the Kings & Queens of the WORLD!!

At the end of Session 1, campers showcased their mural project, read an original poem written by our Leaders In Training (LIT’s) called “They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds” along with a dance choreographed by Mr. Byb Chanel from The Congo that ended with families dancing with their children! Can’t forget the delicious food campers made! 

During Session Two, elementary-level campers had so much fun singing and dancing to the sounds of Reggaeton music!

We Should Be DANCIN’ YEAH!!

Reggaeton is influenced by Hip Hop, Latin American and Caribbean music. Campers learned new moves, spanish words, they practiced for their showcase and could not get enough of their dance instructor Ms. Geneva Demmitt . Ms. Geneva started her class with meditation and closed with meditation as well.

In cooking class with Ms. Sanela, campers got to make pizza, burgers, chicken skewers and fresh salads with ingredients they harvested from our garden. In art class campers were introduce to working with pastels, water color, stencil making and spray painting.

Check Out Our Camp Gallery!

Each week, our LIT group watched different documentaries that would talk about the effects of the contaminated water in Flint Michigan, or the poor air quality here in East Oakland.

They would then cut out stencils related to the theme of the week. LIT’s worked at our farm at the Oakland A’s Stadium as well as WOW Farm and harvested fruit to bring back to share with the younger campers. In their Leadership Development Club, LIT’s were able to take the lead in coming up with our breakfast, lunch and dinner menus as well as activities for our Session 2 camping trip.

Along with planning and leading our Last Day of Summer Program “Team Challenge Day”. LIT’s planned and executed this funtastic day for all of Camp ANV! There were 7 stations where campers were challenged to work as a team. At the end campers turned in their Camp Passports to enter a raffle to get a chance to pie a staff!

Getting Pie-d!!

Thank you staff that were willing to be pied! Campers had so much fun and Thank You to the LIT’s for taking  the lead in this event. LIT’s were able to take a tour of 106.1 KMEL and OAKSTOP.

For CO-Op/ East Oakland rising week campers took a trip to OAKSTOP where they met lawyers, engineers, and other professionals that reflect the communities they come from. In the end, they worked with Aya on a grocery store design project.

Campers had a lot of fun camping in the Presidio in San Francisco! Campers and their families did some bird watching, searched for bugs with magnifying glasses, played games, cooked breakfast and dinner and performed funny and scary skits at night during S’mores time at campfire! 

Take a look for yourself at the pictures below!

Many thanks to our funders, partners and sponsors! Together, we create more smiles in East Oakland!

The Oakland Athletics is a “Grow Your Imagination” Garden Delight Sponsor!

Acta Non Verba in NYC for the 2019 Renewal Awards!

This week the Atlantic and Allstate announced the winners of the fourth annual Renewal Awards Wednesday at an event in New York City! This annual event recognizes non-profit organizations that are stepping in to play a vital role in building healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Five winners from across the country were carefully selected from a pool of over 9,300 hundred candidates and Acta Non Verba was one of them! ANV’s Founder & Executive Director, Kelly Carlisle, and Office Manager & Program Coordinator, Ayano Jeffers-Fabro, travelled to New York City this week to receive one of five Renewal Awards AND the Youth Empowerment Award for 2019! Watch the full video below.

The original prize was $20,000, but as a surprise to the winners, each of the organizations will receive $40,000 over two years to support their work. The winning organizations come from all corners of the country. They are: Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, Oregon; The Compton Initiative, Compton, California; New Moms, Chicago; Welcoming the Stranger, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; and Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, Oakland, California, which was the Allstate Youth Empowerment Award winner. Read more about these brilliant awardees.

Kelly and Ayano spent a few days in New York City for the Renewal Awards celebration. The festivities kicked off with a phenomenal dinner at Ai Fiori, a Michelin Star recognized restaurant. There, they met with other awardees, past awardees and the Renewal Project Team — where they were officially inducted into the Renewal family.  After the dinner, awardees gathered on the rooftop of the Ink48 Hotel to see one of the best views in NYC — soaking in the brilliance of the lights and bustling activities of the city. At the awards ceremony the next day, Kelly sat on a panel alongside fellow awardees to showcase ANV’s work.

Grow Your Imagination! A Silent Reading Party Benefit for Acta Non Verba

Acta Non Verba would like to thank all of those who attended and supported this event! Here are some highlights from “Grow Your Imagination” A Silent Reading Party Benefit for Acta Non Verba!

Photos courtesy of ©Pete Rosos Photography

GIY- Flyer w sponsors

Our First Delivery to Mandela Foods Cooperative!


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Photos Courtesy of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project | All Right Reserved

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Our After-School Program (ASP) made their first store delivery to Mandela Foods Cooperative Grocery Store, last week! Youth members participating in ASP pick fresh pineapple-guavas from our WOW Farm site. We walked them across the street and down the road from the farm, to our neighbors at Mandela Foods. There, we were warmly greeted by the coop workers’ and customers. What a great way to kick off this partnership!

Stop by Mandela Foods (1430 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607), get you some hand-picked pineapple guavas, and support your local coop today! ?????‍???‍?

Spring Break Mini-Camp 2018 RECAP

Spring Break Mini-Camp 2018

What a jam packed week we had for Spring Break camp this year! Thanks to the hard work of Camp Director, Kahlil Johnson and Team ANV, Spring 2018 was our largest spring break camp to date –  with more campers came more excitement, more learning, and more adventure!

Our farm is at the heart of our program and this spring break was no exception. Our youth learned about vermiculture from our Farm Manager, Aaron De La Cerda, where worms can be beneficial to farms and what conditions are needed for the worms to eat and multiply. Planet Bee came through to do a Hive Dive at our farm to discuss the endangerment of the honeybee, don some bee suits and take an inside look at the lives of worker bees. To top it all off, our campers learned an urban farming technique, vertical hydroponic gardening, and how it increases food security and access in our own homes.

Our campers know that growing healthy food is just the first step in living a more healthy lifestyle, you have to cook it and eat it too! Our Farm-To-Table Educator led campers through a number of recipes that included ingredients from our very own farm, including bean and cheese burritos, mac n’ cheese with broccoli, mango berry swirl smoothies, and even rice cake pizzas, which everyone agreed tastes better than it sounds. The dish that stole the show for a third year in a row, though, was zucchini bread and remains a Camp ANV favorite!

Gary Bizer, aka G-Biz on 106KMEL, also came through to get our campers behind and in front of the camera for some photography basics that made for both silly and serious moments of bonding with each other. Now Camp ANV has a mini-cohort of actors and cinematographers that are looking forward to a more in-depth visual arts workshop this summer that will allow our campers to tell their own life story through the camera lens.

There was no pool trip this session , but that didn’t stop our Camp ANV staff from ensuring our campers could have fun in the sun with water activities we all grew up with. We had everything from water balloon fights and toss competition to playing “Fill The Bucket”, but the highlight was Farm Manager Aaron making a homemade slip’n’slide with a large tarp, water, and biodegradable dish soap that definitely created beautiful memories for all our campers.

Our field trip for Spring Break this year was to the Sunol AgPark, where our own Program Coordinator, Ayano Jeffers-Fabro, gave a tour and led activities with the campers. Two guest architects from UC Davis led a watershed workshop that taught our campers about where our water comes from,  the importance of keeping it clean, and its relationship to the farm. We also continued our pollinator theme by talking about hedgerows, bats, birds, and insects. We capped off the day by giving back to the farm and clearing rocks for the next beds to be dug.

We always like to include culture from the diaspora in our programming, and this Spring Break included learning and training in the fundamentals of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. The class was taught by the renowned Mestra Suelly of United Capoeira Association with the assistance of Anesti ‘Gênio’ Vega of Capoeira Volta ao Mundo, one of our very own ANV Executive Board members. Campers learned about the African and Indigenous roots of Capoeira as it formed in Brazil, a few of the most popular and traditional songs, and learned how to play the integral instruments like the berimbau, atabaque, pandeiro and reco reco. After learning a few fundamental movements like the ginga, au, and cocorinha, along with a few basic kicks, the campers were ready to put it all together at the end of the week and formed a roda to show off their singing, playing and fancy moves!

All of our campers had a blast learning about healthy living, culture and leadership through this fast-paced Spring Break and we’re all looking forward to what our Summer Camp brings!

Check out what kept our campers smiling throughout spring break camp!

Thank you to our superstar partners and sponsors: