Employment for Youth
A number of city agencies are offering employment opportunities for youth, which not only provides them a salary but also work experience and valuable skills that instill confidence.
- Summer Youth Employment Program: More than 1,500 young people between the ages of 16-21 will be connected to career exploration opportunities and paid work experience throughout the City of Oakland. The youth will be exposed to various industries, including technology, education, local government, food and restaurants, marketing and entertainment. The program is a partnership between the Oakland Workforce Development Board, OUSD, CBOs and City departments.
- Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development: Hundreds of youth ages 16-21 serve the community at parks, pools, rec centers, golf courses, and Lake Merritt in a number of job classifications through the development program, which also conducts Counselor in Training programs for those under the age of 16. Visit
Youth Volunteer Program
On May 22, my Office partnered with California Volunteers to host the California Volunteers Service Members Regional Convening. California Volunteers, led by the state’s Chief Service officer, Josh Fryday, is the state office tasked with engaging Californians in service, volunteering and civic action to tackle our State’s most pressing challenges—while mobilizing all Californians to volunteer and serve in their communities. As a City of Service, Oakland is the only city in the state that has implemented 3 programs: Climate Action Corps, Youth Jobs Corps, and AmeriCorps. Shoutout to Gov. Gavin Newsom and his team for seeing the power and value in volunteering and engaging our young people.
Join the City of Oakland's cohort of California Climate Action Corps Fellows and make a direct impact on climate justice and resiliency in one of the most diverse and dynamic Cities in the country. You'll work on projects that serve the community while addressing the climate crisis— including food waste recovery and re-distribution, urban gardening, wildfire resiliency, and the transition to clean, resilient energy.
Fellows receive a stipend for service plus $10,000 that can be used on tuition or student loan forbearance.
We are aiming to build a cohort with a wide range of skills and interests. Please forward to community organizations and individuals who you believe may be a good fit for the program. For professionals passionate about equity, climate action, and making a difference in Oakland, see our full position description and apply here: https://bacr.app.box.com/s/y8ld2hbbkjoci83jiivaxffwmyibwpgm