Oakland Youth Engaged
Oakland Youth Engaged (OYE!) is a free career exploration and work readiness program for youth. The program is open to Oakland youth between the ages of 14-20 years old. We gladly accept undocumented youth, foster youth, probation youth and others.
OYE develops young people’s employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence through workshops, community service opportunities, and hands-on work experiences. OYE is divided into two phases: a workshop phase, and a career exploration phase.
Through the course of six weeks, students cover a variety of topics in a classroom setting at the Community Resource Center including communication styles, resume building, mock interviews, college exploration and more. Workshops are used as a time for students to practice interacting in a professional manner while also building relationships with other youth and adults from their community.
Career Exploration phase
We place youth in participating businesses and organizations for hands-on skill-building experiences. Upon successfully completing the workshop phase, students will be placed for two months in a local Oakland business or organization. Students are placed with businesses and organizations based on a combination of availability, scheduling, and interests.
Why join OYE?
If you’re looking to start the path towards your dream job, are building a competitive college application, or just want to start gaining skills for the workplace, you should join us! Benefits of the OYE program include:
- Building your resume and mock job interviews
- Earn up to $600 for participation in both phases of OYE
- Gain letters of recommendation for future jobs and college application
- College application help
- 14-20 years old
- Oakland Resident
- Photo ID or School ID
Interested in Joining OYE? Applications for Fall 2017 cycle will be available in September. Please email OYE@unitycouncil.org for more information.
Ashley Nelson, Engagement Specialist