Government and community working together for children and their families.
Thank you for your interest in the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority, and welcome to our new website.
We are at the beginning of a transformative period in our community. Oakland has become a focus for unprecedented levels of investment; our economy is participating in what experts describe as a multi-decade boom for the Bay Area. Further, and of critical importance, we have county, city and public school leaders who are forward-thinking, effective and unafraid to challenge the status quo.
The Youth Ventures JPA is leading a long-term, cross-sector campaign to ensure that Oakland’s renaissance will put every child on the path to good health, financial security, and educational opportunity. The JPA is employing a strategy – collective impact – that has proven extremely effective in other cities around the country. Collective impact involves bringing together community stakeholders to help this generation of children to grow up healthy, wealthy and wise.
Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority will convene and coordinate public systems and community partners to ensure that every child can benefit from coordinated network of services and supports to meet their needs. This is an ambitious undertaking. We know it will take consistent, focused effort, over time, yet there will also be many victories to celebrate along the way. Ultimately, we will come to know a community that safeguards the well-being of all children.
Youth Ventures invites creative and constructive ideas from residents – like yourself – who want to contribute to this transformative and exciting work. Please reach out to us if you want to participate or learn more.