Mission

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 1996 by a multi-racial coalition of youth serving agencies, Oakland Kids First provides hundreds of youth with the skills and opportunities to advance safe and caring school cultures, lift their needs and priorities, and improve equity and academic outcomes for low-income youth of color – through youth leadership development, peer counseling, and youth organizing and advocacy.