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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 is being prepared by Social Policy Research Associates, and will be presented to the Planning and Oversight Committee on November 6, 2019. Some key highlights include:

  • 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 Draft 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 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.

  

Planning and Oversight Committee Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Planning and Oversight Committee (POC)  is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2019 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 prior meeting agendas and materials.

 

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

 

OFCY News

Click here to read OFCY's newsletter to grantees and supporters, providing brief updates, links to events, and highlights from programs.