Youth: Find out more about the summer youth employment program

The Oakland Workforce Development Board (OWDB) funds and supports a variety of programs that provide training, mentoring and educational enrichment to Oakland youth ages 16 to 24.


The Oakland Workforce Development Board (OWDB) funds and supports a number of community-based nonprofit organizations to implement the summer youth employment program. Youth enrolled in the program receive job-readiness training, ongoing support, and meaningful paid work experience. The summer youth employment program is designed to help youth prepare for the world of work by gaining valuable skills, experience and confidence and to become empowered in their pursuit of career, academic, and personal goals.

The program is open to Oakland youth ages 16 - 21 and prioritizes serving Black, Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islander youth residing in East Oakland, Fruitvale, and West Oakland who have no or limited previous work experience and are not currently attending a traditional school program or working.

Are you an employer looking to hire a young person this summer? Visit our employer services page.

For the summer 2020 program, we are partnering with the below agencies to offer job-readiness training, work-based learning opportunities, and paid work experience for youth. If you or a youth know are interested in joining the program please contact one of the organizations below:

Lao Family Community Development
1551 23rd Ave.
(510) 533-8850
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (closed 12 pm - 1 pm)

The Unity Council
1900 Fruitvale Ave.
(510) 535-1856
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Youth Employment Partnership
2300 International Blvd.
(510) 533-3447
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Youth Uprising
8711 MacArthur Blvd.
(510) 777-9909
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 6 pm

East Bay Asian Youth Center
2025 E 12th St
(510) 533-1092

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity

1116 36th St
(510) 665-1501

Need more info? Contact Christina Gutierrez at (510) 238-6856 or

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