Youth development and empowerment are leading approaches recognized for effective and equitable practice. Along with social justice, these frameworks guide youth allies wishing to facilitate success for youth and families while transforming systems to be more responsive to the needs of program participants. While a number of organizations provide support for out-of-school-time agencies, this initiative distinguishes itself by explicitly supporting the development and empowerment of Youth Allies, which in turn will benefit our communities.
The Oakland Youth Ally Alliance (OYAA) serves as a resource for individuals and organizations committed to positive youth development based in and/or serving Oakland, CA.
As Lead Agency, BOTR coordinates OYAA activities with the support of a Steering Committee from various Oakland-based youth development agencies.
OYAA currently provides:
- Professional Development and Peer Mentoring
- Networking and Socials
- Communications and Resource Sharing
- Issue Identification and Collaborative Problem Solving
When: March 30, 2017 | 9:00AM-12:00PM
Where: Beyond Emancipation
An all call goes out to local youth allies to come shape the OYAA to be all you wish it to be. We will particularly focus on needs of our sector – of youth allies, youth and families. What are critical issues facing our sector and communities we serve, and how can OYAA and its members be leaders in addressing these challenges.
Guided by leading experts in youth and community organizing, at this convening we will learn models to assess needs and plan collective action. We will then use these strategies to plan our work together for the upcoming year. This is an amazing professional development opportunity since we’ll be learning tools to bring back to our progams. And it’s a chance to ensure youth allies and the constituencies we represent are maximally set up to succeed.
A list of special guest facilitators will be released soon along with a more detailed agenda.
Plenty of FREE parking available! BART accessible! Breakfast provided! See you there!
February 28, 2017
East Bay Community Foundation
January 24, 2017
Everett & Jones
Cesar E. Chavez Library