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The first barber academy in East Oakland, Oakland Barber Academy brings educational, career and entrepreneurship opportunities to revitalize the neighborhood so that those from here can thrive here.



Than a Barber

We serve young people in Oakland, CA who desire to build a career as an entrepreneur and become pillars or leaders in their community. These young people face violence, lack of positive role models, and helplessness from limited educational and wealth-building opportunities.



Chris Colter

As a twenty-year resident of Oakland, CA, I understand the community’s challenges and opportunities, and know that no barber academy exists in East Oakland, CA. Oakland Barber Academy will offer affordable tuition, and scholarships backed by local corporations.

Thank you East Oakland and everyone who supported our campaign. This is only the beginning!


Believe in OBA

As a licensed barber for thirteen years, Chris Colter turned a skill into a successful business. As a Veteran of the US Army, Chris carried the values of professionalism and discipline. Beyond teaching barbering skills, OBA’s curriculum will include financial literacy and planning, customer service, and marketing, and is designed so that graduates can begin working immediately upon completing the program.


Oakland Barber Academy is bigger than us all. Let’s continue to build and grow as we work towards bringing OBA to the community.

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