OFCY Resources, Trainings & Events

If you'd like to add an upcoming event listing, please email Sachelle at sheavens@oaklandnet.com

The Oakland Summer Learning Network

The Oakland Summer Learning Network (OSLN) is hosting its next meeting on May 12th, from 2-4pm at 1330 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Oakland. The meeting will provide follow up from the last OSLN gathering on March 20th and time for collaborative work groups to discuss data sharing strategies, quality assessment and improvement, and marketing and communications. Please consider joining us and adding your voice to the effort to coordinate summer learning opportunities for Oakland's children and youth. RSVP here: https://osln12may2017.eventbrite.com.

OSLN is a coordinated and collaborative effort to develop a citywide system of quality summer learning opportunities in Oakland, with a focus on improving access for children and youth from under-resourced families. Our vision is that the children and youth of Oakland have equitable access to high quality summer learning opportunities. Learn more at https://oaklandsummerlearning.net/

Dimensions Dance Theater 

Purpose: The purpose of this performance, The Village Matters, is to showcase the talent and creativity of Bay Area youth and moreover, to uplift and inspire our community and honor the brave spirits of these young artists. View the flyer here.

  • Intended Audience: We are offering free tickets to students in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Oakland-based youth organizations, and churches. Each organization/group will receive up to 20 complimentary tickets for youth.

To secure a ticket request, organizations/groups must order tickets and arrange pick-up through Dimensions' office before 5pm on April 26. We have a limited amount of free tickets so order early. Please understand that after we fulfill our 450 ticket limit, all tickets must be purchased.

  • Performance Date: May 7, 2017 
  • Time: 4:00pm Sharp! Please arrive by 3:30pm!
  • Place: Phillip Reeder Performing Arts Center at Castlemont High


Tickets: The free tickets are for youth only and must be obtained through Dimensions' office. Adult admission is $20. Above mentioned organizations are limited to 20 tickets and there will be one (1) additional ticket for the group coordinator. All other attendees with the group must pay. Your organization can pick up tickets starting April 1, 2017 at 4:00pm. The free ticket giveaway ends April 26, 2017 at 5:00pm. You may only pick-up tickets for your organization.


Contact: Sonya Tigner at dimensionsdance@prodigy.net
Please email the name of the person that will pick up your tickets.
Website: www.dimensionsdance.org | phone: (510) 465-3363, fax: (510) 465-3364

Transportation: We strongly suggest that your organization arrange transportation (drop-off and pick-up) for your student group so they can enjoy the performance. Understand that the theater will close immediately after the performance. Each group coordinator is responsible for the safety and departure of their group and pick-up for your youth after the performance.

Theater etiquette:
- Please encourage your students to enjoy the performance fully with shouts and cheers after each piece.
- Please respect each group. Absolutely no booing or disrespecting the artists.
- No eating in the theater.
- No talking during the performance.


Youth Speaks: Unified District Poetry Slam

Youth Speaks is thrilled to invite your high school or middle school class to attend a spring field trip to the Unified District Poetry Slam! Click here for more information on the Poetry Slam or visit youthspeaks.org.

When: Quarter Finals will be taking place from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm on Wednesday, April 26th in San Francisco and Thursday, April 27th in Oakland

Featured: up to 25 high school teams from throughout SFUSD, OUSD, and the greater Bay Area competing for the title of Unified District Poetry Slam Champion. Finals will take place on Friday, May 5th at 7pm at the Oakland Museum of California.

If you're interested in bringing a group of students to Quarter Finals or Finals, please fill out our field trip request form with your date/time(s) of preference. Requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.


InPlay: Fill your classes: list in Oakland's new Activity Guide

InPlay is a non-profit partner with the City of Oakland, OUSD and the Oakland Summer Learning Network connecting families with out-of-school programs. Visit the site at: Oakland.InPlay.org. Parents search InPlay's free website to access hundreds of local and affordable after-school and summer programs. Email provider@inplay.org to get listed.


Family Connections: Project Re-Connect accepting Referrals for Youth Relationship-Building Series

Family Connections, the core program of Project Re-Connect, in Oakland, is now accepting referrals for their next session. Family Connections' goal is to reconnect youth to their family, school, and community. The 6-week series facilitates conversations between families in search of understanding to help decrease the distance or tension within these relationships. In addition to discussions, activities are integrated into each workshop so all participants interact with one another, thus building the community within the group.

Who to refer:

  • Youth having challenges in school
  • Families who have had past traumas, breakdowns in communication, and or issues with trust or respect
  • Parents with youth (12-18) that must complete a parenting program (youth must attend)


  • Project Re-Connect will be hosting sessions of Family Connections every Saturday from April 8th to May 13th from 9:30am to 1:30pm at our office located at 2577 MacArthur Ave in Oakland. 

This is a free program. Se Habla Espanol


Centro Legal de la Raza: Free Immigration Legal Clinics

Centro Legal de la Raza is offering free legal advice about immigration needs or concerns to anyone interested. Attorneys will be available for free consultation. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome. Information will be provided in English and Spanish (habla en espanol).

All clinics will be held at the Centro Legal de la Raza office located at 3400 East 12th Street, Oakland.

Clinic dates and times:

  • May 18: 9:00am - 11:00am
  • For more information, call 510-437-1554 or visit centrolegal.org. For more information on Centro Legal de la Raza services and information regarding the recent executive orders issued by the White House, click here to see their handout


OFCY February 7, 2017 Grantee Convening Announcements

Thanks to all the grantees who attended the 2nd convening of FY2016-2017! Click here for a PDF of the submitted grantee announcements from the February 7 convening. If you'd like to revise your listing or if you'd like to add an upcoming event listing, please email Sachelle at sheavens@oaklandnet.com. Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation from the Oakland Youth Ally Alliance (OYAA).