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OFCY FUNDS PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN, FAMILIES & YOUTH

The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth was established in 1996, when Oakland voters passed the Kids First! Initiative (Measure K), an amendment to the City Charter, to support direct services to youth under 21 years of age. In 2009, Measure D replaced Measure K and reauthorized funding for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth for an additional twelve years (2010-2022). Measure D established OFCY funds as 3% of the City's unrestricted General Fund and required a three-year strategic plan to guide the allocation of funds. In 2019-2020, City Council and Oakland voters will decide to reauthorize the fund for a third 12-year cycle.
 

2018-2019 Independent Evaluation

OFCY's annual evaluation for 2018-2019 was unanimously approved by the Oakland City Council Life Enrichment Committee at their meeting on December 3rd, 2019 and will be forwarded to the full City Council on the consent calendar for their next meeting December 10, 2019. 

Here are some key highlights from the evaluation report:

  • Over 25,000 unique children and youth participated in programs last year. 2,600 children and youth participated in more than one OFCY program.
  • Three out of four children and youth who participated in programs were Latinx (41.3%) or African American (33%). African American children and youth were the most likely to report that their program helped them achieve positive outcomes, followed by Latinx children and youth.
  • Over 1,000 youth gained work experience and collectively earned over $1.3 million in career programs.

Click here to download the Evaluation Report for 2018-2019

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Planning and Oversight Committee Meetings

The next meeting of the Planning and Oversight Committee (POC)  is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd floor, Hearing Room 4, Oakland, CA 94612. The meetings are open to the public, and participation is encouraged.

Click here for meeting agendas and materials.

 

2019-2020 OFCY Funding

OFCY is providing 154 programs with grants in 2019-2020. Grants are made to 79 different organizations and agencies, and totals $19.8 million in annual funding. These grants are to programs that provide direct services to Oakland’s children and youth from birth through 21 years of age, and work to support youth with the greatest needs.

Programs estimate that they will reach over 26,000 children and youth this year – about 1 out of every 4 child and youth living in Oakland. 95% of grants are to non-profit agencies and 5% are to government programs – no grants are made to for-profit groups. 

For more information on programs, please click here.

 

2019-2020 POC Members Needed

The POC currently has multiple vacancies on the 17-member commission. This important Committee oversees the allocation of funding and evaluation of programs. To find out more information about the POC and how to apply, please click here