SUDA and SUDAWorks
SUDA is the pathway program based in the program of study while SUDAWorks is the after school green jobs program for SUDA at Castlemont High School. Students work in after projects developing skills while building healthier school and community.
In partnership with Oakland LEAF the Castlemont Community Garden is an outdoor classroom and food production space that connects youth and community to cultivating the soil and the community. The Castlemont School Community Garden is a core part of SUDA and entry point for many students to learn about gardening, sustainable design, local food and connect with the food system, the outdoors and nature in general.
In partnership with Growing Together the Castlemont Orchard and Permaculture space connects youth and community to the land, indigenous and medicinal plants and food preparation. As part of the school day and SUDAWorks programs SUDA students have planted trees on the school campus and surrounding community. SUDA planted trees on MacArthur Blvd from 88th-90th Ave, surrounding Elmhurst Community Prep, Alliance Middle School, the orchard at ECP and Stonehurst schools.
The Fablab or “fabrication laboratory” is a maker space that works towards the Vision and Mission of SUDA interconnecting and supporting the various SUDA projects.
– Uses design and engineering to build healthy and sustainable communities.
– Provides a space and tools for youth and community to design and build community based projects.
–Develops community based social enterprise and entrepreneurship skills that build the social, economic and environmental health of the community.
–Builds tangible skills, projects and community through innovative makerspace.
The Fablab partners closely with Laney Community College, Idea Builder Labs, and other community based maker organizations.
The Castlemont Organic Produce Farm is an acre produce farm, community space and outdoor classroom that: Provides access to Oakland Grown Organic Produce to better East Oakland community health.
–Promotes Green Job initiatives via job training & skill development
-Empowers education for youth in food justice & nutrition to understand the current food system and its impact on our lives and the world we inhabit.
-Applies self-determination through growing food, organic land stewardship, and business planning to create healthy and sustainable communities.
-The Castle Farm partners closely with Phat Beets and other community based food justice organizations.
The student led design team has been working with school administration, OUSD architects and MKThink as an industry design partner to complete a pilot courtyard design/build process and have begun a bigger picture School Facilities Site Plan design process. The team is a SUDAWorks project and this work also includes facilities upgrades initiated by the Sustainable Urban Design Academy (SUDA) build out of the Castlemont Farm, Fablab and Guns2Gardens projects.
The SUDA Bike Club is a fun and active design and build space where youth can learn the skills to fix and build bikes while earning their own and distributing bikes into the community. Bikes are donated and sold as a way to teach business skills, be creative and support the community.
In partnership with Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) students learn solar energy 101 and apply their skills in hands on solar design installation. Students also learn to monitor and manage energy production, monitoring and distribution through the Castlemont solar panel array. In partnership with Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) students learn solar energy 101 and apply their skills in hands on solar design installation. Students also learn to monitor and manage energy production, monitoring and distribution through the Castlemont solar panel array.
The Guns-to-Gardens (G2G) Project is converting a former shooting range at Castlemont High School into an indoor SMART Garden Aquaponics and hydroponics gardening program. G2G represents both the transformation of a physical space on campus and a program that addresses systemic violence through constructive designing and building of an innovative food system. The program aims to build in depth knowledge and technical skills to prepare students for employment and life in the work towards a sustainable 21st Century while addressing public health concerns of joblessness, inequitable access to fresh food and unsafe neighborhoods