Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s Outdoor Adventure Instructor: Clayton Anderson

Naturalist, Clayton Anderson

Clayton has been studying the natural world and natural history most of his life. He dreamed of being a naturalist since he was a boy.

After graduating from college with a BA in drawing and painting, he landed his first job as a naturalist for Lovelife Environmental Education Program.

He has worked for several environmental concerns since, including California State Parks, East Bay Regional Parks District and Alameda Resource Conservation District.

Currently, he is working for the Golden Gate Audubon as a Youth Education Program Manager.

He has worked as a naturalist for a cumulative 10 years. He loves what he does, and is always looking to educate others about the natural world and how it works.

Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s Dance and Movement Instructor: Joti Singh

Camp ANV ONLINE! Dance and Movement Instructor: Joti Singh

Joti Singh is a dance creator and dance innovator, sprung from the U.S. American south to parents from northern India. She is the Artistic Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company. Joti began her dance training in Punjabi circles, carrying through her body the culture that’s in her blood and memory. As an adult, West African dance entered Joti’s purview, transforming her body’s culture. Through this multilingual body, Joti explores where history intertwines with contemporary continuities of celebration and injustice. 

Joti and her husband, musician Bongo Sidibe, lead annual trips to Guinea and recently opened the Duniya Center for Arts and Education in Conakry. She teaches all over the SF Bay Area, including Dance Mission Theater and the San Francisco School of the Arts. Joti holds an MA in South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in English from Reed College.

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Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s Art Instructor: Jade Leyva

Art Instructor: Jade Leyva!

Magical Realism Artist Jade Leyva is from Mexico City and she now calls New Mexico her home. Her works express her love for nature and her positive hope for the future of the world. She has participated in collective exhibitions at the local, national and international levels, resulting in people from across the globe collecting her work. She has created images for several important events and her work has been featured in many books and publication covers. In 2013 she founded an organization called “Seeds: A Collective Voice” which promotes raising awareness to educate communities about different environmental subjects and solutions, all though collective, multimedia arts. Her Facebook professional page is:

Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s Wellness Coach: Kana Azhari (Coach Kay)

Wellness Coach – Kana Azhari!

Kana Azhari (Coach Kay) is a healing artist, organizer and vegan chef.  She loves working with young people and believes in the infinite value, beauty and greatness of their spirit. Coach Kay is constantly finding gratitude in daily meditation, healthy diet, fasting, culture, dance/ movement and relaxation.  She works professionally with clients from around the world to improve their diets, lifestyle choices and self care practices.

Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s Cooking Instructor: Chef Liesha Barnett!

Cooking Instructor, Chef Liesha!

Chef Liesha grew up in Oakland and began cooking at the age of 9. She joined the Navy when she was 17 years old and traveled the world cooking for thousands of sailors. After leaving the Navy she went on to work in restaurants and hotels before starting her personal chef service. She went on to earn a bachelors degree in nutrition from Arizona State University. She is a master food preserver, and an advocate for culturally relevant representation in health and wellness.

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Meet Camp ANV ONLINE’s ‘Big Ideas Science’ Instructor: Nicole Carvajal!

Camp ANV ONLINE! Science Instructor: Nicole Carvajal!

Nicole is a third-year medical student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. She grew up in Van Nuys, California where she learned the love and power of community. She loves to visit home to give belly rubs to her dogs, play Just Dance, and visit new food spots with her family.

Nicole graduated from UCR with a degree in Bioengineering. She was involved in pipeline programs for underrepresented students in STEM and these opportunities allowed her to work with students through robotics which she loves!

Currently, she is completing her masters/medical school at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. She is motivated to bring health equity to medicine. She has worked on pipeline programs for high school students in the Mission and taught science and medicine to elementary school students in SF.

In her spare time, Nicole loves to dance salsa, make awesome things with clay at her pottery studio, paint, and garden.

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ANV’s Statement Regarding Covid-19 | Respecto a Covid-19

Dear Camp ANV and ANV After School Program (ASP) Families, 

I know you have questions and concerns regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and how it might affect our current operations at Acta Non Verba- with our After School Program (ASP) and our upcoming Camp ANV summer sessions. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Camp Association (ACA) to assure that we are doing everything possible to support the efforts to slow and stop the spread of this illness. 

Please know that we have reviewed and updated our policies and procedures in connection to our healthcare, on-site cleanliness and support of families who have concerns. 

We are committed to our continued care of all of our staff, students and campers and will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of our local and national agencies in regard to our response. 

As of now, ANV’s After School Program is suspended until OUSD schools reopen. Camp ANV plans to open as usual on June 8th 2020.

In the meantime, our staff is happy to offer online and by phone homework help, read-aloud storytime and email educational activities and websites to families weekly. That information will be texted directly to Camp  and ASP families.

Oakland Unified School District has set up a number of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch sites. You can find more information and locations HERE

More information on the Coronavirus is available at If you have additional questions about the situation please contact our office at 510.838.2267. 

This global situation is changing daily, so please know we will continue to update our community as information becomes available from the CDC and state agencies. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our staff if we can be of assistance in any reasonable way.

Warmest regards to everyone in our communities; we’ll see you all soon.

Kelly D. Carlisle

Founder/Executive Director

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project


Respecto a Covid-19

Estimadas familias del Campamento ANV y ANV Programa de Despues de Escuela (PDE),

Sé que tiene preguntas e inquietudes con respecto al Virus Corona (COVID-19) y cómo podría afectar nuestras operaciones actuales en Acta Non Verba- con nuestro Programa Después de la Escuela (PDE) y nuestras próximas sesiones de verano del Campamento ANV. Estamos siguiendo la guía de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) y la American Camp Association (ACA) para asegurar que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para apoyar los esfuerzos para frenar y detener la propagación de esta enfermedad.

Tenga en cuenta que hemos revisado y actualizado nuestras políticas y procedimientos en relación con nuestra atención médica, la limpieza de las oficinas/salones y el apoyo a las familias que tienen inquietudes.

Estamos comprometidos con nuestra atención continua de todo nuestro personal, estudiantes y campistas y continuaremos monitoreando la situación de cerca y siguiendo los consejos de nuestras agencias locales y nacionales con respecto a nuestra respuesta.

A partir de ahora, el programa de Despues de Escuela de ANV está suspendido hasta que las escuelas de OUSD vuelvan a abrir. Camp ANV planea abrir como de costumbre el 8 de junio de 2020.

Mientras tanto, nuestro personal se complace en ofrecer ayuda en línea y por teléfono para la tarea, lectura de cuentos en voz alta y actividades educativas por correo electrónico y sitios web a las familias semanalmente. Esa información se enviará por mensaje de texto directamente a las familias del campamento y ASP.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Oakland ha establecido una serie de sitios para desayunar y almorzar para llevar. Puede encontrar más información y ubicaciones AQUÍ.

Más información sobre el Coronavirus está disponible en Si tiene preguntas adicionales sobre la situación, comuníquese con nuestra oficina al 510.838.2267.

Esta situación global está cambiando diariamente, así que sepa que continuaremos actualizando nuestra comunidad a medida que los CDC y las agencias estatales dispongan de información.

No dude en comunicarse conmigo o con cualquiera de nuestro personal si podemos ayudarlo de manera razonable.

Un cordial saludo a todos en nuestras comunidades; los veremos a todos pronto!

Kelly D. Carlisle

Founder/Executive Director

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

1001 83rd Ave. Mailbox #1 Oakland, CA 94621

510-838-CAMP (2267) | 510-972-FARM (3276)



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!

WOW Farm is Now a Project of Acta Non Verba!

Photos By Aaron De La Cerda and Kahlil Johnson All Rights Reserved.

What is Wow Farm?

Wow Farm has operated in West Oakland for nearly 20 years and is now a project of Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project!

At Wow Farm we employ organic and natural farming methods to grow more than 20 varieties of microgreens, 7 herb varieties and 10 types of fruit.

We grow quality produce year-around and utilize raised mounds, drip irrigation, integrated pest management, and regularly amend our soil with organic compost, a portion of which is produced on site.  We sell & deliver our produce directly to local restaurants and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers around in and around Oakland.

In addition to our After School Program, Camp ANV’s Leaders In Training (LIT’s) now have another space to learn sustainable agriculture and and microenterprise!

Learn more about our CSA HERE!

Photos By Aaron De La Cerda and Kahlil Johnson All Rights Reserved.