Oakland Kids First partners with schools and the district to ensure hundreds of students have meaningful roles and responsibilities in school change efforts. OKF programs equip youth leaders with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to:

1Provide peer academic mentoring to 1,800 freshmen annually in our PASS-2;

2Engage the student body in building positive, safe and healthy school cultures; and,

3Partner with parents and school staff to increase equity for the most marginalized students.

PASS Student Peer
Counseling Program on CBS

This national news story profiles Oakland Kids First student organizers’ important victory in a three-year effort to improve graduation and college attendance rates through an innovative student-created Peer Counseling program. The PASS program — in which students support their peers to set and achieve academic goal plans — launched in 2007 at Oakland Technical High School.

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