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 14-18 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 an internship phase.

Workshop phase
Workshops take place from September 14th to October 26th, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-6:30pm.
Through the course of the six weeks, students cover a variety of topics including: communication styles, resume building, mock interviews, college exploration and more! Workshops are used as time for students to practice interacting in a professional manner while also building relationships with other youth and adults from their community.

Internship phase
Upon successfully completing the workshop phase, students will be placed in a two month internship in a local Oakland business. In order to receive their full stipend, students are expected to complete a minimum of 10 hours per week of internship. Students are placed in internships 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 hands-on work experience, you should join us! Benefits of the OYE program include:

  • Building your resume and mock job interviews
  • Stipends (based on engagement) of up $200 for the workshops and up to $400 for the internship
  • Work experience internship
  • Job placement assistance at the end of the program and college application help


  • 14-18 years old
  • Oakland Resident
  • Photo ID, school ID, or passport

To apply to Oakland Youth Engaged please print and fill out an application (see below) and a work permit. When completed please bring it to 1900 Fruitvale Avenue, Suite 2A, Oakland, CA 94601.




Ashley Nelson, OYE Engagement Specialist

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