What We Fund
Early Childhood, Ages 0-5
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) supports programs that help young children reach their developmental milestones and enter kindergarten ready to learn. Supported programs include mental health and developmental consultation in early care settings, and programs in neighborhood-based settings that encourage young children's love of learning and families' access to resources for their child's health and education.
Out of School Time, Ages 5-14
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) supports school-based and neighborhood-based community programs that promote young people's learning, sense of mastery, and relationships to caring adults with access to applied learning, enrichment, family engagement, fitness and gardening, and leadership activities during after school, summer months, evening, and weekend hours.
Wellness and Healthy Transitions, Ages 10-20
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) supports programs that promote young people's critical thinking around choices of behavioral, social, and physical health, as well as educational goal setting. Supported activities promote a reduction in violence through positive resolutions to conflict. They promote healthy lifestyle choices and positive change in schools and communities through peer-to-peer education and leadership. And they encourage young people to engage and excel in school with the support of pro-social youth development activities, academic support, case management, and mentorship.
Older Youth, Ages 15-20
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) supports young people's transitions to adulthood in education, work, and life. Activities promote higher education through activities that support academic preparation, the college application process, and educational goal setting. Career and job readiness is supported with stipend work positions in the arts, media and technology, and the public and private sectors, as well as with mentoring and life skills activities. Young people who are not readily engaged in school or career are supported with enrichment, life skills, and drop-in center activities in neighborhood-based or identity-based youth center programs.