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Oakland Fund for Children & Youth
The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth was established in 1996, when Oakland voters passed the Kids First! Initiative (Measure K), an amendment to the City Charter, to support direct services to youth under 21 years of age. In a special election in 2009 Measure D replaced Measure K and reauthorized funding for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth for an additional twelve years (2010-2022). Measure D (formerly known as Measure K) sets-aside 3% of the City's unrestricted General Fund and requires a three-year rather strategic plan to guide the allocation of funds.
The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) is overseen by the Planning and Oversight Committee (POC) which is responsible for the following activities:
1) Preparing a three-year strategic investment plan
2) Soliciting funding applications from private non-profit and public agencies through an open and fair application process
3) Submitting to the Oakland City Council for its adoption annual independent evaluation reports
4) Receiving City Auditor annual reports on the Fund's Financial Statement and the Base Spending Requirement
The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) strategic plan adopted by City Council before every three-year grant cycle guides OFCY's funding priorities. The plan implements the four goals of OFCY's authorizing legislation, Measure D, KidsFirst!. The plan provides a needs assessment of Oakland's children and youth and an overview of four strategy areas. Strategy areas include 1) Healthy Development of Young Children, 2) Supporting Student Success in School, 3) Youth Leadership and Community Safety, and 4) Transition to Adulthood.
To download a copy of the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan click here.
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