Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative
urban strategies council
Urban Strategies Council is a regional research and advocacy organization dedicated to social, economic and racial equity. We work to hold institutions and systems accountable to community needs.
Our mission is to eliminate persistent poverty in the Bay Area by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities.
Bay Area Community Resources (BACR)
San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Community Resources serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties. We are caring professionals assisting youth, adults, and families in need. We are highly skilled and collaborative professionals who support and serve, by developing and maintaining long standing and trusting relationships while successfully integrating into our partners' culture.
BACR Workforce and Education programs support young people making positive decisions about their education, employment, and behavioral health. Program activities are youth-led, foster civic engagement, and provide opportunities for youth to learn to be productive, connect, and navigate. Our youth leadership programs employ a program model that ensures participants have on-site access to five key service areas: 1) academic support, 2) workforce skill building, 3) civic engagement, 4) connection to support services, and 5) meaningful participation in youth development activities.
Santa Clara County Opportunity Youth Partnership
Kids in Common, Planned Parenthood Mar MOnte
San Jose / Santa Clara County, CA
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) is a collective impact initiative focused on developing education-to-career pathways for Opportunity Youth in Santa Clara County.
Formed in 2013, the OYP convenes public systems, community-based organizations, education providers, elected officials, and the business community in order to better coordinate supports and resources across Santa Clara County. The OYP’s goal is to ensure every Opportunity Youth has a pathway back to education and onward to meaningful, career-potential employment.
The OYP is organized and supported by Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Despite the fact that Santa Clara County is one of the most affluent communities in the world, our most vulnerable children suffer from lack of basic health care, adequate food and shelter, and opportunities for learning and succeeding in school.
Today, Kids in Common is the only organization that focuses on systemic change to improve children’s lives in Santa Clara County. We advocate for effective investment and policies for children and support the mobilization of public and private resources to meet children’s needs. We inform decision makers on best practices and champion local implementation. We convene agencies that care about children’s well-being to address systems' issues and speak out for needed change. Kids in Common is steadfast in speaking and acting on behalf of children and brings a uniquely qualified perspective that is grounded in research and data. The foundation of our work is the Santa Clara County Children’s Agenda.
Del Norte County and Tribal Lands Opportunity Youth Initiative
Wild RIvers Community Foundation
Del Norte County, CA
Wild Rivers Community Foundation (WRCF) is an affiliate of Humboldt Area Foundation, serving all of Del Norte and Curry Counties. WRCF promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.We connect generous donors to energized community members and organizations. We bring people together to solve common problems. We listen to you and identify our changing community needs. Your story is our story. We're here to stay.
Los Angeles Opportunity Youth COllaborative
Alliance for Children's Rights
Los Angeles, CA
The Alliance for Children’s Rights spearheads the Los Angeles Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC), a multi-agency effort to improve education and employment outcomes for young adults who are or have been in foster care in Los Angeles.
The OYC brings together public agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and employers to improve services and resolve system barriers that impact the ability of young people to benefit from education and employment opportunities.
The OYC supports youth on pathways to:
- High school graduation and GED attainment
- Postsecondary enrollment and credential completion
- Workforce readiness and gainful employment
San Diego Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative (Pathways)
San DIEGO youth development office
San Diego, CA
Over one in six young adults in the United States is neither actively advancing in school nor in the labor market. In 2015, 53,545 San Diego County youth, ages 16-24, were not presently enrolled in school or working and had no degree beyond a high school diploma or GED. This issue is particularly concentrated in low-income areas. Disparities are especially evident in neighborhoods within City Districts 4, 8, and 9; and County Districts 1 and 4. Despite these challenges, there are existing resources and a readiness to thrive in these communities. Because of this, the Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative (PATHWAYS) will pilot efforts to improve opportunities for youth in these neighborhoods.
The PATHWAYS Initiative is a youth-centered approach to providing educational and stabilization support to Opportunity Youth (16-24 year olds who are disconnected from education, training and employment). In order to get back on track and to obtain a high school credential, post-secondary certification and a living wage job, youth will be involved in various youth development best practices including mentoring, case management and comprehensive wrap around services. Guided by mentors, each young person will play an active role in creating a personalized pathway to achieving educational, training and employment success based on interest and ability. Utilizing a collective impact approach, a collaborative has been established (Child Welfare, Probation, Unified School District, Community College District, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Community Based Organizations, Philanthropy, Businesses, Youth and Elected Officials) to implement a pathway model that identifies, supports, and reconnects Opportunity Youth to programs and services that ultimately lead to careers. With public and private funding from The Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, The California Endowment, The Parker Foundation, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and San Diego Unified School District