Oakland Youth Advisory Commission

The Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC) empowers youth to enter the public arena and tackle important issues related to public safety, housing, civic engagement, and health.

OYAC is hiring a Part-Time Student Trainee!

The early application deadline is by next Friday, 11/13/2020. Check out the job description below.

The Youth CANDIDATE FORUM took place on 10/23/2020 from 3:30-5:30 PM.

Fighting for Our Futures: Youth Candidates Forum

Co-Hosted by OYAC and OUSD's All City Council:

2020-2021 Commissioners

Executive Committee Members

  • Benjamin Salop, Co-Chair
  • Barrett Valentine, Co-Chair
  • Alessandra Mohar, Secretary
  • Aniyah Story, Operations Officer
  • Aisha Elbgal, Communications & Social Media Officer
  • Harper Valentine, Graphic Designer


  • Civic Engagement
  • Public Safety
  • Housing, Transportation, and Other Policy
  • Digital Communications

Campaigns, Policies, and Projects

Reimagining Public Safety Task Force

Visit the RPSTF website for the list of appointees, advisory board members, agendas/minutes, and data sets.

Check out our Report on Effective Policing from 2015!


The Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC) advocates for the needs of youth across the city. Youth know what's best for us, and with the support of adult allies, we can influence positive lasting change in our community. We are committed to listening and providing opportunities to engage in local government.

Contact Us



Youth are invited to attend all Commission meetings.

Phone Numbers

Email Address

Business Hours

We meet as a full Commission from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month.

Social Media