CYO leads the City of Oakland’s hallmark violence interruption strategy, Street Outreach, in the East and Central sections of the City. CYO partners with Oakland Unite, a program of the City’s Human Services Department, funded by the voter approved ballot
initiative Measure Z.
Our skilled and trained Street Outreach Workers canvass the neighborhoods hardest hit by crime and violence and outreach to high risk individuals and provide counsel, support, and connection to needed services.
Street Outreach Workers interrupt impending acts of violence on the street, mediate brewing conflicts, and provide hope and direction to those most in need.
INTENSIVE ADULT CASE MANAGEMENT
CYO also partners with Oakland Unite to provide intensive case management to young adults determined to be of the very highest risk of being involved in gun violence. Individuals identified through Street Outreach or the City’s Ceasefire strategy are assigned to one of CYO’s professional case managers.
CYO staff establish a strong rapport and relationship with the individual, develop detailed Life Plans with them, connect them to services, supports and opportunities and help keep them safe, out of prison, and successful.
Case Management clients are eligible to receive incentive stipends as well as practice in weekly culturally relevant cognitive behavior training group sessions.
For those individuals facing the imminent threat of gun violence, CYO offers emergency temporary relocation. CYO’s Relocation Specialists works with individuals and their families, as well as partner agencies to either provide temporary housing out of the area where there is immediate danger or supports permanent relocation with family or friends in another region.
This live saving, intensive program is a pilot strategy that has proven effective and CYO is working to increase the capacity.
INTENSIVE YOUTH CASE MANAGEMENT
JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER /TRANSITION STRATEGY
In partnership with the Oakland Unified School District, Alameda County, and Oakland Unite, CYO participates in the Juvenile Justice Center/Youth Transition Strategy to assist youth being released from Alameda County’s juvenile hall to enroll and remain in school.
Youth being discharged from the detention center going home to Oakland are enrolled in school, have health plans, and are
connected to CYO’s community based case managers to support the youth in remaining in school and being successful.
CYO School Support Intervention Specialists are assigned to schools around the City to mentor, mediate disputes, teach life skills classes, train teachers and other school staff, and overall provide support to students at schools struggling with at risk youth.
School Support Intervention Specialists conduct life skills groups and provide case management at Oakland International High School, Community Day School, Bridge Academy and others.
Each year, CYO works with hundreds of high risk youth and young adults throughout the Bay Area to support them in refraining from violence, graduating from high school, and becoming productive and successful adults.
schools struggling with at risk youth.