What We Fund
The OFCY funds many different programs that provide direct services to children and youth, ages 0-20, throughout the city of Oakland. OFCY uses 90% of funds for grants for direct services for Oakland children and youth, and 10% for administration including staffing, evaluation, grant management and strategic planning. We work with individual agencies as well as collaborations of public and non-profit partners. Programs currently funded by OFCY focus on the four legislative goals of Measure D:
1. Support the healthy development of young children
2. Help children and youth succeed in school and graduate high school
3. Prevent and reduce violence, crime and gang involvement among children
4. Help youth transition to a productive adulthood
OFCY 2014-2015 Program Guide - The guide lists organizations funded by OFCY in FY2014-2015 to support direct services to children and youth in Oakland.
OFCY Strategy Area I: Early Childhood
1. Engage and Support Parents in the Healthy Development of their Children: Invests in programs that are designed to meet the holistic needs of young children by building parenting skills and knowledge and providing services and supports in community locations that are accessible, safe, and desired by families. OFCY supports parent engagement, parent leadership, home visiting, and peer connection opportunities, including Family Resource Center development or programming in high-priority neighborhoods. Parent supportive programming includes efforts acknowledging the importance of financial security by supporting parents around financial skills and savings to support children's access to college, and to help parents navigate access to services supporting the basic needs of families, including child care and education, health, housing, medical or legal resources. This strategy also supports efforts to increase the school readiness of children, including summer pre-kindergarten and early literacy efforts.
2. Strengthen Preschool Quality through Consultation with Early Childhood Educators: Strengthens the capacity of early childhood educators and parents to meet young children's behavioral, social-emotional, and developmental needs through the delivery of mental health and developmental consultations by licensed mental health professionals. Promotes the social-emotional well-being of parents and young children through the delivery of trauma-informed and culturally relevant services and supports.
OFCY Strategy Area II: Student Success in School
3. Ensure Youth Access to High-Quality School-Based After-School Programs: Supports access to after-school programming and free or low-cost academic and enrichment programs at elementary and middle school sites. Provides local match funding to deliver programming at school sites that receive state After School Education & Safety Program (ASES) funding and where at least half the students are eligible for Free and/or Reduced Lunch (FRL). Directs supplemental funding to sites with high concentrations of low-income students.
4. Strengthen Student Engagement in Learning: Directs funds to programming designed to support child and youth attachment to school and achievements in learning in coordination with OUSD. Invests in culturally responsive and targeted models to meet the needs of specific populations, including youth who are at risk of not graduating or who are experiencing disparities in academic outcomes.
OFCY Strategy Area III: Youth Development and Empowerment
5. Create Access to Youth Development and Empowerment Opportunities Year-Round: Creates access to year-round activities that empower children and youth to develop leadership skills, build on their strengths, improve their connections to adults and peers, and contribute to their communities through arts, technology, entrepreneurship, sports, and other enrichment programming. Supports access to comprehensive services for specific populations.
6. Create Access to Enrichment and Academic Support during the Summer Months: Invests in programs that provide enrichment and academic opportunities for children and youth during the summer months to help them stay engaged in learning, retain academic skills and knowledge, develop their voice and leadership skills, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.
OFCY Strategy Area IV: Transitions to Adulthood
7. Expand Access to Career Awareness and Academic Support for Older Youth: Supports programming that provides older youth (ages 15-20) with career awareness, exploration, and preparation within high priority industries, as well as college and career advising and other academic supports to facilitate the transition to and persistence in college and to a career.