City of Oakland | $5.9 Million State Grant Expands Job Support…

Oakland, California – The City of Oakland received a $5,896,000 #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps grant from California Volunteers, Office of the Governor for its Oakland striker program.

Oakland Forward is a year-round youth and young adult employment program for individuals ages 16-30 to increase employment and develop public service career paths in areas of climate resilience and public safety.

“Thanks to the support of Governor Newsom and volunteers from California, hundreds of young Oaklanders will receive jobs and on-the-job training while improving Oakland’s climate resilience and public safety,” said the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf. “These new summer employment programs will also train future public servants by creating pathways to careers in the City of Oakland.”

Beyond tackling high unemployment rates among young adults, the program will also help the city address the pressing challenges of racial disparities in job opportunities and neighborhood decay.

“The #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps is a victory for our youth, the City of Oakland and the State of California,” said Josh Fryday, Director of California Services. “California invests in underserved youth and brings people together in service to uplift our communities.”

Part of the funding will help young people prepare for stable careers in public service as they tackle community, environmental and safety issues through internships with the Department of Violence Prevention, Public Works of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department.

Six non-profit community organizations are also program partners, including:

Civicorps, Lao Family Community Development, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, Safe Passages, The Spanish Speaking Unity Council and the Youth Employment Partnership.

Partners will focus recruitment on Oakland residents in East Oakland, Fruitvale and West Oakland residing in ZIP Codes 94621, 94603,94605, 94601 and 94607 and prioritize Black and Latino youth and young adults to address disparities critical access to employment as identified by the City of Oakland Department of Race and Equity.

The goal is to provide year-round and/or summer employment opportunities to approximately 500 people by May 2024.

Individual partner programs

Civic bodyThe Conservation Career Pathways program is a year-round, work-based learning program that provides high-impact, paid job training, college and career preparation, and comprehensive support services to young people aged 18 to 26 who are disconnected from university and employment opportunities. Young people develop their professional skills and complete their secondary education by training in environmental protection professions. Through paid job training and exposure to careers in conservation, young people prepare for employment opportunities in an emerging green economy.

The Moving Oakland Youth Forward program is an expansion component of Lao family community developmentthe successful Out-of-School Youth Program and the Environmental Science Remediation Management Program that will create and expand employment, educational, economic and health opportunities for participants aged 16-30 in emphasizing ‘clean and green’ year-round and summer employment opportunities in the public and private sectors. This will promote climate resilience and improve neighborhood conditions in priority neighborhoods in the East 12th St., Central/Fruitvale, Eastmont and Coliseum areas.

Climate Careers offers young leaders the opportunity to gain paid, hands-on work experience while taking climate action. Through SunriseAs part of ‘s social enterprise model, youth from low-income households provide Green House Calls (energy efficiency and water conservation services and education) at no cost to their communities, improving local climate resilience and saving residents money. Professional development workshops and coaching round out the summer, transitioning into more robust career exploration during paid fall internships with partner hosts.

The Safe passages The Community Stewardship Workforce project will address barriers to youth employment through academic and career support, resource navigation, trauma-informed coaching and counselling, and training. training and job placement for low-income, predominantly African-American and Latino multilingual youth, ages 16-24. The project will pair youth participants with life and career coaches who will guide and champion youth development in job market readiness, secondary and post-secondary education. Participants will gain skills and experience and build a ready-to-use portfolio to prepare for job search, application and placement in public sector industries focused on the beautification and revitalization of the city through murals, arts, graffiti reduction and other environmental justice projects.

The Unit Council (TUC) Year-round, the Oakland Forward program will provide a series of environmental/green job training, community projects, and work experience for 100 BIPOC youth and young adults (ages 16-30) in Oakland. The program will include:

  • Roots of Success Registered US Department of Labor pre-apprenticeship program that leads to environmental specialist certification and preparation to work in green economy sectors;
  • Exploratory Community Resilience Projects based on stipends and flexible for the school year; and
  • pre-employment training and placement in internships and summer jobs.

The Youth Employment PartnershipProject Oakland Forward takes two approaches to beautifying Oakland while improving public safety and increasing climate resilience:

  • City summer cleanup and reduction of illegal dumping hotspots, neighborhood beautification and environmental stewardship, and
  • Beautification of the neighborhood throughout the year, safety in the streets and improvement of the quality of life

This partner will launch a new, year-round workforce training program to improve city streets, block by block, through neighborhood beautification, landscaping and reduction in illegal dumping in high priority areas, as well as road safety improvements on streets in the Oakland High Injury Network. -in alignment with the city’s Safe Oakland Streets initiative. Young adults will work in teams to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, by creating high-visibility crosswalks and speed bumps, installing traffic calming circles with weather-resistant vegetation drought and building hardened centerlines to reduce left-turn speeds. Crews will also help with landfill abatement and cleanup, as well as painting, construction, landscaping and other burn beautification tasks in these high-needs neighborhoods.

As part of the Oakland Forward Program, Workforce Development staff also work closely with the Department of Violence Prevention (DVP), Oakland Public Works (OPW), and the Department of Oakland Police Department (OPD) to increase job opportunities for youth ages 16-30. The financial support will go towards the salaries of 10 OPD cadets, a pilot training and employment program for OPW that supports new positions within their security and training department, and approximately 20 youth positions at the DVP through their career exploration and education program. The success of these investments will support the expansion of these efforts to other city departments in the coming year.

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