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The Council’s work in community leadership development is reflected by our most recent successes conducting community-based participatory research for the newly created Department of Violence Prevention (DVP) and development of the Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland pilot program (9-1-1 call alternative non-police response system). The Council’s new ‘Fellows-in-Residence’ program is built on young leaders developing community initiatives and campaigns to advance positive community health outcomes (focusing on mental health and substance abuse).

Additional Council programs in youth leadership development include establishing the Oakland-Alameda Opportunity Youth Community Action Team (a national demonstration project sponsored by the Aspen Institute and Opportunity Youth United); organizing youth outreach for the United Way of the Bay Area’s Census 2020 effort; serving as fiscal agent for BizStoop (youth-led social change philanthropy initiative); and, implementing a youth leadership/job training program as part of the California Community Reinvestment Grant program.

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