KIPP Bridge Charter School
Neill Sullivan, the founder-president of Sullivan Management Company and REO Homes in Oakland, California, serves the public interest with involvement in community groups. Through one such community-centered program, Neill Sullivan hires paid interns from KIPP Bridge Charter School in Oakland.
One of several local KIPP schools, KIPP Bridge’s intention is for its K-8 students to develop critical thinking skills and excellence in writing and reading. By encouraging diversity, the school strives to place its students in colleges and positions of community leadership.
Located in West Oakland, KIPP Bridge offers a college preparatory curriculum with no tuition fees to 315 students. Enrollment focuses on diversity in all its forms. African-American students make up 68 percent of the student body, along with 22 percent Latino, 5 percent Asian, and 6 percent of students reporting their race as other. Ten percent of students are English Language Learners and 5 percent have special needs.
Along with other Bay-area KIPP facilities, KIPP Bridge exceeds test scores for mathematics and reading. Another measure of success is the average two hours spent nightly by students on homework. One factor in these achievements is the 21-1 teacher-student ratio. After graduation from KIPP schools, 85 percent of alumni go on to college.
Farm Park, West Oakland
The president of REO Homes in Oakland, California, Neill Sullivan restores old homes damaged by decades of neglect. As he is active in community affairs, Neill Sullivan was invited to participate in the opening of the City Slicker Farms’ West Oakland Farm Park.
The Farm Park is intended to meet the neighborhood’s need for economic progress by providing a 1.4 acre facility that combines recreation with food and nutritional instruction. The organization seeks to promote self-empowerment by enabling lower-income residents to grow fresh food for themselves and their neighbors. The park section features ample open space and playground fixtures for healthy exercise and recreation opportunities for all ages.
Founded in 2001, City Slicker Farms launched a fund raising initiative to offer gardening supplies for 28 families and distribution of the harvest to senior centers and the community at large. The organization will also fund ten paid summer jobs for youth of color.
Outside supporters of the project include the California Department of Parks and Recreation and KaBOOM!, a national organization that supports play space for children of low-income families.
REO Homes, LLC and Sullivan Management Respecting West Oakland by investing in its neighborhoods.