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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.

OFCY Reauthorization

City Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas is sponsoring an ordinance to reauthorize the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth for twelve more years. City Council will debate reauthorization at their Life Enrichment Committee meeting on February 11, 2020 at Oakland City Hall at 4:00pm. The meeting agenda and materials will be made available on Oakland Legistar, which can be accessed here.


Planning and Oversight Committee Meetings

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

Click here for meeting agendas and materials.


2018-2019 Evaluation Highlights

OFCY's annual evaluation for 2018-2019 was adopted by the Oakland City Council on December 10, 2019. Last year, OFCY-funded programs reached over 25,000 of Oakland's children and youth. Click here to download the Evaluation Report for 2018-2019

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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 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.


OFCY Newsletters

Take a look at some of the news shared with OFCY's current programs and interested community members, highlighting some of the programs and strategies that reach thousands of Oakland's children and youth. Our December newsletter shares some information on the Family Resource Centers that reach parents of young children.


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