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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.
 

COVID-19 Updates and Information

Stay safe Oakland! Be sure to follow the latest guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department, practice social distancing, wash hands, and wear a mask. Click here to read the latest announcement from the Alameda County Public Health Department released June 29th. Due to the rise in cases the county is 'hitting pause' on reopening. For more updates related to COVID-19, please visit this page

 

Analysis of Community Response to COVID-19

How Oakland’s non-profits provide frontline assistance to vulnerable children, youth and families in times of crisis

 

Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) conducted interviews and engaged with over twenty-five community agencies during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis and start of shelter-in-place for Oakland. These interviews, conversations and communications – conducted remotely – provide tremendous insight on how Oakland’s community-based programs and agencies pivoted and responded to address critical needs of vulnerable families at the outset of the pandemic.

Click here to download SPR’s Memo on OFCY Programs Response to COVID-19 in Spring 2020.

 

Planning and Oversight Committee Meetings

The Planning and Oversight Committee (POC) will hold its next meeting on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This will be the final meeting of the 2019-2020 session. Click here for the meeting agenda and materials. The meeting will be hosted as a videoconference on the zoom platform. Click here for prior POC meeting agendas.

 

Summer 2020 Grants

In May 2020 the City of Oakland approved over $1.5 million in grant awards to support children and youth in summer 2020 through thirteen programs. Click here for a summary list of the programming that will be provided. Agencies are now in process of updating their contacts and summer 2020 programming information, and we will post these updates here to help connect youth and families to summer services. 

 

2018-2019 Highlights

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

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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. Youth members are able to earn a small scholarship for their participation. To find out more information about the POC and how to apply, please click here

Current Vacancies (as of May 2020):

  • District 1 Adult
  • District 4 Adult
  • District 4 Youth
  • District 5 Youth
  • District 6 Youth