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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.
 

OFCY funds programs that serve Oakland's vulnerable children and youth. Oakland agencies work year round providing critical services and programming to children, youth, infants and families, reaching thousands of Oakland's residents.

The primary concern we have during the COVID-19 health crisis is for the health and well-being of everyone in the community. Please continue to stay safe and follow the latest local health guidance. Since the shelter-in-place orders and school closures began, Oakland's non-profit and government programs that provide direct services with OFCY funding have continued to plan for an eventual resumption of services. In the meantime, many programs are finding ways to remain with the children, youth and families remotely - be it phone, text, zoom or other methods. Please stay safe.

 

COVID-19 Updates from OFCY

For information, resources, and updates related to COVID-19, please visit this page

 

Planning and Oversight Committee Meetings

The next meeting of the Planning and Oversight Committee (POC) is tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2020Click here for meeting agendas and materials.

 

OFCY Reauthorization

The Oakland City Council approved the reauthorization of OFCY for a third twelve-year term with their second reading of the updated ordinance on March 3, 2020. Thank you to the hundreds of children, youth, parents, providers, and community advocates who reached out to their City Councilmembers and who came out to public meetings in support of the Fund. The action taken by City Council will provide a consistent source of support for Oakland's children and youth through OFCY to 2033. Click here to find out more information about the reauthorization and OFCY's history.

 

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 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 March 2020):

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