Oakland Unite Hosts Oakland Street Outreach Spring Training
From Tuesday, May 24th to Friday, May 27th Oakland Unite hosted the Oakland Street Outreach Spring Training. The four day training was held at Oakland’s City Hall. The Oakland Street Outreach Workers from community-based organizations Youth ALIVE!, Oakland California Youth Outreach and Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (B.O.S.S.) attended this training that focused on team and capacity building.
The goal of Oakland Street Outreach is to reduce the impact of exposure to violence or re-victimization through individual and community support, and the Street Outreach Workers serve youth and young adults (ages 14-35) using violence interruption, conflict management, and connection to resources and referrals. During the training, Street Outreach Workers honed their conflict mediation skills, met with employment partners to strengthen the collaboration and coordination of resources, and heard presentations from criminal justice partners to contextualize street outreach work.
Street Outreach teams work with other agencies in the Oakland Unite network to create a coordinated citywide response to gun violence. The positive impact of past work done by Oakland’s Street Outreach Workers can be seen in the evaluation data as 85% of participants touched by Oakland Street Outreach programs did not get rearrested for violence. Previously funded by Measure Y, and now by Measure Z (the 2014 Public Safety and Services Act), Oakland Street Outreach aims to continue its work and have a positive impact amongst Oakland’s most marginalized communities at high risk of violence.