Student Resources

Resources for Oakland Students

Oakland Kids First is committed to supporting the overall wellbeing and ability of the youth in our programs to learn, lead, and thrive. This page provides links and connections for young people to access services, relief funds, and resources during times of hardship. 

Student Relief Fund
Youth participants in Oakland Kids First programs including REAL HARD, Youth Organizing Council (YOC), PASS-2, or the Knight Time and Knight Success programs at Castlemont can apply for extra relief during periods of unexpected hardship. Student Relief Fund support includes access to youth stipends, gift cards, and support navigating or connecting with resources. Support from the Student Relief Fund will be prioritized for youth participants and their families already participating in Oakland Kids First programs. 

For more information and to apply, complete this Student Relief Fund Application Form


To search for resources related to food, housing, goods, transit, health, money, care, education, work or legal services based on where you live, visit FindHelp.Org.

Coronavirus and Covid-19 Resources for Students
There are many sources of information about the Coronavirus or Covid-19 disease as well as resources available to support young people and their families:


For free meals that would typically be offered through the Free or Reduced Lunch Program at school, visit OUSD Grab n Go Meal Sites.


For information about employment opportunities, visit OnwardCA Job Connections


Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Resources

OUSD is a full service community school district, which means that there are many resources and opportunities available for youth and their families. The school you attend may have support including free distribution of healthy meals, mental and physical health services, and information related to each school’s distance learning plans with access to technology and internet access needed for home learning as part of their Start Strong plans for the 2020-2021 school year. 


The district is working also with schools to share additional resources and funding with students and their families with the greatest needs through a COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund, increased access to food and basic needs, school-based clinics, technology and internet connections for distance learning, and cash assistance for families. Learn more about OUSD’s COVID-19 response.