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oakland bound, oakland bred

Oakland, California is ground zero for meaningful change. But driving real progress requires individuals who turn the negative into positives: Energy Convertors.

We can’t always control what happens in life, but we can control how we react to it.

We’re here to equip people with the tools and resources to respond in the best way possible.

Together, we can do this.

charles cole, iii, founder

Charles Cole, III is an educator focused on the advancement of all youth of color but more specifically black males. The passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life's goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work. Through Energy Convertors, he is able to help students activate their leadership by building and supporting students to realize their agency and improve systems in which they are most impact.  

Charles has has served as a social worker, a Director for Teach for America, the Vice Chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a Director's level at various youth-focused nonprofits.

Charles is a national speaker, a writer and can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the ground work for a bright future. Charles was the community engagement for the Oakland Unified School District before leaving to launch Energy Convertors. 

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