Welcome to Oakland Kids First!

The mission of Oakland Kids First (OKF) is to increase youth voice, leadership, and power and create engaging and equitable public schools where all students learn and achieve. Founded in 1995 by a multi-racial coalition of youth serving community based organizations, Oakland Kids First provides hundreds of young people each year with the skills and opportunities to advance safe and caring school cultures, advocate for their needs and priorities, and improve educational equity, racial justice, and academic outcomes for low-income students of color. We offer programs that include leadership development, peer academic mentoring, enrichment, wellness, restorative justice, and youth organizing.

We believe students are the experts of their own experience and therefore equipped to evaluate, innovate and govern the institutions that are supposed to serve them. OKF has supported youth organizing and campaign work for over twenty years and is proud to stand with youth organizers and adult allies invested in justice for students in Oakland, CA. 

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Oakland Kids First is following the guidelines from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Oakland Unified School District’s timeline related to sheltering in place and for school closures.

We encourage all of our youth and community to heed the regional order to shelter in place and stay home.

The order to shelter in place began on March 17, 2020, and limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. The order comes after substantial input from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials around the world. This order is in effect until further notice and all CA public schools are closed to in-person instruction through the remainder of the school year.

Students can still access free grab and go meals through pick-up on Mondays and Thursdays at certain Oakland school locations. Please visit OUSD’s website www.ousd.org/coronavirus for resources and the latest information on the impact of Coronavirus on our schools.