For the third year, a dozen schools and community-based organizations have come together to create a platform for honoring the exceptional businesses and mentors that go out of their way to offer Oakland youth career exploration opportunities.

If you know businesses or mentors who have done extraordinary jobs in the advancement of Oakland youth, please nominate them for the 2014 Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards.

What exactly makes a business youth-friendly? It provides internship and work opportunities to youth, encourages employees to volunteer for schools or youth-serving organizations, or otherwise shows dedication to guiding youth in exploring and entering the workforce.

Our winners may not have a business mission to serve youth – last year’s winners included a taqueria, bank, library, thrift store and caterer – but they champion business ethics that undeniably help youth. These businesses don’t have to support youth opportunities, but they do so because they find it rewarding not only personally, but also for their business’ bottom lines.

The deadline to submit nominations is September 30. Nomination forms are available on Awards will be given in five categories: Small Business, Big Business, Nonprofit, Government, and Workplace Mentor of the Year.

Winners will be announced on November 13, 2014, at the Inner City Advisors celebration and marketplace event at Jack London Market.

About the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Network

The OYFBN is a coalition of organizations and schools with a mission to promote business engagement in the lives of young adults in Oakland. Currently, the board consists of BUILD, Citizen Schools, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Game Theory Academy, Inner City Advisors, Met West High School, the Jonas Family Fund, Oakland Unified School District, SPARK, Youth Uprising, and Youth SEED.

Established in 2012, the awards are presented annually by the OYFBN to honor businesses and individuals who provided exceptional workplace mentoring and opportunities for the advancement Oakland youth.


Patricia Johnson, Project Chair
Oakland Youth Friendly Business Network
337 17th Street, #214, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 858-5068

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