Many Oakland teens face considerable challenges to finding their first job or gaining important job skills while finishing high school. Through our Youth Employment Services, we work to help local at-risk, probation, and foster care youth ages 14-21 find their first job. Our counselors work with them to gain job readiness skills, remain focused on degree completion, and make meaningful connections with their community. We connect youth to paid internships and first-time employment opportunities throughout the community.
Youth accepted to the program will be assigned a Youth Employment Counselor who will provide individualized attention to the youth’s long-term goals and aspirations that will lead them down the path towards a successful career. Our Training Programs focus on building the youth’s skills through:
- Career Exploration
- Personalized Plans
- Hands-on Experience
- Community Service
- Team Projects
Youth will also use their knowledge to obtain employment, internships, or apply to college with the assistance from their Youth Employment Counselor.
Our Youth Employment Services operates three programs:
- ¡OYE! Oakland Youth Engaged
- Work 2 Acheive
- Mayor’s Summer Job Program
Visit each program’s page for more details on enrollment, schedules, and program updates, or contact the Youth Employment Program Coordinator, Melecia Navarro, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-535-1856.