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. 

August 10th is the first day of the 2020-2021 school year for students in the Oakland Unified School District! Schools will not offer in-person instruction at this time. All OUSD schools are set to open with distance learning for all students for the first four weeks of the fall semester, and the district will announce future plans for instruction depending on how long the county remains on the Covid-19 watch list.

Oakland Kids First is offering virtual youth programs including REAL HARD, PASS-2, Youth Organizing Council and programs for Castlemont High School students.

We will continue to center and serve the needs of Black, undocumented, and other marginalized student populations in OUSD.

Youth in our programs who are in need of technology, access to the internet, or other resources can apply for extra support through our Student Relief Fund.

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