from the Mayor’s Newsletter:

On the more hopeful side of the week, about 1,300 young people started their assignments for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program,in many cases winning their first-ever employment. This experience is a critical step for young people, especially those from Oakland’s lowest income neighborhoods. The experiences range from working in the Mayor’s Office to leading parks programs, to volunteering in hospitals, or being an explorer in the police or fire department with the goal of joining the departments or working at a retail business.

At Monday morning’s kickoff event, I was joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office and major donors to the program, who have helped fund jobs for about 400 more young people than in 2012. Several youth talked about the importance of these jobs to them personally.

In 2011, Congress cut funding for summer jobs for youth, and my office immediately took up the cause of finding replacement funding to keep the program afloat, securing funds for 1,000 youths in the summer of 2012.  This year we increased the jobs by 30% — my long term goal is at least 2000 — the approximate number of applications we received last  year.


This crew is working in the Dimond on clean-ups and environmental restoration. Give them a friendly honk if you are passing by.

Partnerships for Summer Youth Employment include:

  • East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation
  • George P. Scotlan Youth & Family Center
  • Oakland Housing Authority
  • Lao Family Community Development
  • The Unity Council
  • Youth Employment Partnership
  • Youth Uprising

Major donors include Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, the Oakland Housing Authority, East Bay Community Foundation, Ramsell, Recology, The Clorox Company and Kaiser Permanente.  “Thank you” to all !


Other youth are leading activities in our Friday Summer Nights (Peace in the Parks program) in three City Parks.

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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