Victories & Milestones

2019: FREE SUPPER WIN

    • YOC and REAL HARD leaders worked together to reinstate the free supper program when it was cut due to a district budget crisis. REAL HARD youth presented at school board meetings with concerns that cutting a program for 3,700 low-income youth who are food insecure could be detrimental to students’ ability to engage or learn at school. YOC launched a Free Supper for Hungry Minds campaign, and won a $250,000 commitment from OUSD to continue the program, and secured $3.6 million from Oakland City Council. Through YOC efforts, free supper expanded from 32 sites to 52 schools, and OUSD committed to provide nutritional services for thousands of additional students in need.

2019: TEACHER STRIKE

    • 2019: OKF youth leaders across programs organized their peers to stand in solidarity with Oakland teachers who went on strike for better pay and learning conditions. Youth leaders spoke at public OEA marches and rallies, and negotiated with OEA leadership to integrate student priorities into their bargaining agreements. They mobilized with several hundred Oakland students in the aftermath of the strike to maintain funding for Restorative Justice, Foster Care case managers, and the APISA program.

2018: LAUNCH OF YOUTH ORGANIZING COUNCIL

    • Launch of OKF’s Youth Organizing Council (YOC) that convenes 15 youth leaders across high schools and provides training for young people to analyze and solve regional challenges, and advance innovative solutions or policies that increase educational equity throughout Oakland.

2017: STUDENT MOBILIZATION AGAINST BUDGET CUTS

    • J4OS and OKF youth leaders partner together to rally against proposed district budget cuts and preserve resources for students at schools.

2017: LAUNCH OF OAKLAND YOUTH COALITION

  • Justice for Oakland Youth (J4OS) Coalition established. J4OS is a multi-racial, inter-generational coalition formed to create a movement-building vehicle for educational justice in Oakland that centers the most impacted and marginalized students and parents, and aggregates the collective power of community-based organizing and labor unions – to hold the district accountable to real equity and justice for all high-need students

2014-2016: LAUNCH OF MEANINGFUL STUDENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE

    • Meaningful Student and Family Engagement initiative launched to support students and their families to use school and district data in order to provide input on annual school site plans, Measure N funds, and LCAP plans and budgets with a goal of increasing educational equity by lifting the needs, priorities, and solutions from students most impacted by the decisions.

2015: LAUNCH OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS COURSE

    • Oakland Kids First created the leadership course “Civic Engagement and Social Movements” which incorporates PASS-2 mentor preparation that received A-G approval by OUSD, becoming the first ever school day leadership class that allows students to receive “G” elective credit while contributing to the academic success of mentors and their 9th grade peers.

2013 – present: CODE OF RESPECT EXPANSION

    • REAL HARD youth leaders expand Code of Respect Campaigns to four high schools and align school stores and cultural currency with codes.

2008: INCREASING REVENUE TO 3%

    • Measure OO – Kids First 2 Coalition with youth leaders organizing to increase the set aside of city revenue from 2.5% to 3% annually for distribution through the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY).

2005-2014: PASS-2 EXPANSION

    • PASS-2 expanded to multiple comprehensive high schools.

2005: CREATION OF PASS-2

    • Peer Counselor Campaign: REAL HARD youth organizers identified the 600:1 counselor to student ratio in Oakland schools as a barrier for students to receive academic information to graduate from high school on time and access postsecondary opportunities. Youth developed a peer mentoring program, Peers Advising Students to Succeed (PASS-2), to provide training for mentors to facilitate workshops that share information to all 9th grade students.

2003: STUDENT POWER RESOLUTION

2002: STUDENT VOICES COUNT REPORT

2001: YOUTH BUS CAMPAIGN

    • Youth Bus Campaign to provide free bus passes for Oakland students

2001: REDUCE OPD IN SCHOOLS

    • OPD Out of Schools Campaign, effort led by youth to reduce Oakland police presence in public schools

1996: PASSING OF KIDS FIRST INITIATIVE

    • Measure K: Kids First! Initiative passed to set aside city funding for youth programs and services – now known as the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY)