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Oakland Youth Advisory Commission

The Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC) empowers youth to enter the public arena and tackle important issues related to public safety, housing, civic engagement, and health. Formed in 1985, OYAC advises City Council and the Mayor on youth priorities. We currently have 17 youth between the ages of 13 and 18. We welcome transitional-aged youth between 18-25 to join us as Peer Advisors and Community Ambassadors.

OYAC's LoveOurPeople Trail of Knowledge and Liberation

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We are excited to announce a youth and adult-ally led community project to promote belonging and anti-racism in Oakland through knowledge and liberation.

Register to Complete the Trail!

We are recruiting for 2021-2022!

Flyer with 3 youth and criteria for joining the Commission.

The application deadline has been EXTENDED to July 9th 5 PM. Submissions will be reviewed on a continuous basis until all seats are filled

Apply today!

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2020-2021 Commissioners

Executive Committee Members

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  • Aniyah Story, D2, Co-Chair
  • Estefany Velasquez, D7. Co-Chair
  • Darby Hatfield, D1, Operations Officer
  • Benjamin Salop, D1, Government Affairs Officer
  • Alessandra Mohar, D3, Organizing Officer
  • Giselle Venegas, D7, Social Media Officer
  • Kai Medina-Safir, D3, Graphic Design Officer


  • Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Oakland Youth Vote and Civic Engagement
  • Transitional Aged Youth Homelessness
  • Citywide Youth Strategic Planning
  • Citywide Youth Engagement Training

Civic Engagement

Oakland Youth Vote

  • Read our letter of support for Oakland Youth Vote in April 2020 to City Council.
  • Measure QQ was passed by voters in November 2020 by 67% to lower the voting age of School Board elections to 16-years-old.
  • OYAC is now working with Council to pass an amendment to the Oakland Municipal Code to implement the results of Measure QQ.

"Fighting for Our Futures" Youth Candidates Forum in November 2020 Re-Cap

Co-Hosted by OYAC and OUSD's All City Council:

Public and Community Safety

OYAC is proud to have appointed two youth to the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force - Losaline Moa (D7) and Ivan Garcia (D4). They are the co-chairs of the Youth Advisory Board. Visit the RPSTF website for the list of appointees, advisory board members, agendas/minutes, and data sets. Also, check out our Report on Effective Policing from 2015!


Youth know what's best for us, and with the support of adult allies, we can influence positive lasting change in our community. We are committed to listening and providing opportunities to engage in local government.

Contact Us



Youth are invited to attend all Commission meetings.

Phone Numbers

Email Address

Business Hours

We meet as a full Commission from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month.

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