“ALL IT TAKES
HARD WORK, TIME AND SOME MONEY.” – Robert Shetterly
To the left: Robert Shetterly
In 1978 the East Oakland Youth Development Center opened its doors. Its mission was to help disenfranchised young people receive the same training and opportunities as students with wealthier backgrounds. This commitment that the EOYDC made to the residents of East Oakland was a commitment that was first made by its founding father Robert B. Shetterly.
As Clorox’s CEO, Shetterly set the stage for Clorox to become one of America’s leading manufacturers and marketers of consumer household products. During the early 70’s he began to promote his vision of a community-based program that helps underprivileged youth; this vision became the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC).
Shetterly convinced the Clorox Company to become a partner in developing the EOYDC; “All it takes is hard work, time and some money” said Shetterly. It was a motto that he lived by in his life concerning the Center.
The vision is now a reality. Mr. Shetterly provided more than a building on the corner of 82nd and International Blvd., he left his legacy.