The Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC) launched a Youth-to-Youth Mini-Grant program with a focus on funding creative and dynamic projects to support and increase community resiliency and healing for Oakland’s most marginalized communities in East and West Oakland. Our advocacy program (ACT) won two of the twelve youth activism grants awarded by OYAC! High school girls wrote the grants with guidance from Girls Inc.’s Development team and their Program Coordinator, Sade Powell and they are very excited that they will have funds to engage the community and spread awareness about the issues they have prioritized this year: 1) Health Inequity & Food Justice and 2) Communal harm of rape culture and sexual violence.
Award #1: for Girls’ Resource Center ACT “Field Day of Resilience,” an event to take place in Concordia Park, Oakland on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12- 4:00 pm, to inspire and help others become more aware on health inequity & food justice in East Oakland.
Award #2: for CONCORDIA ACT “Change The Norm,” a youth community forum happening on Tuesday, May 22nd from 4-8 pm, which aims to address the communal harm of rape culture and sexual violence, and its impact on Oakland’s youth community.