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The Leadership Institute at Allen Temple offers dynamic educational opportunities, focusing on preparing emerging and existing leaders for improving the quality of life of society. The professional emphasis of these opportunities include providing a sociological understanding of community; principles of effective leadership; ethical and moral values for leaders; an introduction of theological disciplines, along with other areas relevant to community development and social change. Each course is designed for those who want to be more effective leaders, as well as those whose goal is to pursue an undergraduate degree. Participants may enroll in individual courses, modules or seek a Certificate in Christian Ministry, Civic Engagement or as an Emerging Leader. Educational experiences take place in the form of classroom studies, workshops, and seminars.


The Leadership Institute at Allen Temple is very unique because of the rich diversity of participants in the program: young and elderly, from all walks of life and life experiences. Some have had limited educational opportunities, while others have college degrees. All come together to dialogue, to share, and to learn. Classes meet evenings and Saturday mornings.


The Leadership Institute has four collaborative partners, The California Endowment which provides funding for the Leadership Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program, through the East Oakland Building Healthy Communities initiative; the Oakland Unified School District Adult Education Program, which provides GED and college career path courses on the Leadership Institute campus; Bay Area Career Resources (BACR) of San Francisco and the Allen Temple Health and Social Services Ministry. As our collaboration with BACR and Allen Temple Health and Social Services Ministry, the Leadership Institute offers instruction in general education, GED, and driver education classes for individuals in enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship construction program held on the Leadership Institute/Allen Temple campus.


  • Provides knowledgeable leaders with enhanced skills in leadership, community development, and social change
  • Creates relationships among participants that adds value to our communities as they work together to resolve issues and build a community that values and connects all people.
  • Broadens the base and diversity of leaders so more interests are represented, and more residents are engaged in their communities
  • Increases civil dialogue on critical issues for the greater good of our communities


  • Completion of application form and payment of $20 application fee.
  • A high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • Official transcripts from high school of graduation and all colleges or universities attended.


  • Completion of application form and payment of $20 application fee


  • Completion of application form and payment of $20 application fee.
  • Submission of Letter of Recommendation
  • Submission of Personal Bio
  • Submission of Essay

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