Oakland is the 5th busiest port in the United States. The Serendipity, OYF's 32’ cabin cruiser, explores the Bay Area marine environment, estuaries and shorelines. Certified Coast Guard instructors and retired service personnel train OYF participants for marine related careers.

OYF's interwoven career alternatives allow our participants  opportunities to gain knowledge in STEM and life skills related areas of learning. Our Linked Learning approach ensure our young students are better prepared in life and are more positive contributors to their communities.



Oakland Youth First provides training through digital and media arts. Our State-of-the-Art production studios develop skills in music and streaming video broadcast. In addition, our OYF Land Program trains our participants to use renewable energy options as keys  self-sustaining futures. OYF partners with the East Bay Regional Parks OYF students engage conservation and park
research and services. Our teaches financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills through our Small Business Development Program.


OYF youth learn aviation skills and career opportunities in commercial and private  aviation  unmanned  aerial  vehicles  and  related  support  industries. The Tuskegee Airmen, and the Bay Area Black Pilots Association provide FAA certified Flight instructors that certify ground simulator and aircraft flight hours for our participants.