"Bringing opportunity and pathways to our youth and young adults "


For many youth, the dreams that once inspired them are now difficult to even recall. OYF only to rekindle those dreams but also resolve the barriers that prevent these dreams from becoming reality.

cmd jose moses

Cement Masons Local 300 SF.Construction job readiness instructor, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and cement work.

General History

I started Oakland Youth First to provide access to careers that may not been examined that provide a sustainable living wage for the Bay Area.

Elder Matthew A. Graves, Jr.

Executive Director

our leadership team

CAPT Matthew graves jr

Electronic Engineer, Trauma, Life Stress, Anger Management Specialist-II, and Mental Health First Aid


Create environments where concepts can be physically applied during the discovery process͘. Start with a “buy-in” where participants recognize a need for financial and social stability͘.

cmd morris larry

CFO, Mental Health First Aid, and Traumatic Incident Reduction.

Our founder

  • 2013 - Oakland Youth First founded
  • 2013 -Summer Jobs Internships
  • 2014 - Received Jefferson Award for Public Service
  • 2015 -  Aviation & Maritime field trips K-12
  • 2016 - 32 foot Bayliner - Ciera Bay Cabin Cruiser donated
  • 2017 -  First Aid Mental Health, TIR Certification for volunteers and new training facility at 519 Uptown bldg. completed


In each child lives a greatness. It is vital that every one of our children come to know this truth; and to have the guidance and opportunity to achieve their true

cmd dave chamberlain

U.S. Coast Guard Ret., Coast Guard Auxiliary Certified Instructor