Oakland Unite Professional Development Training

Oakland Unite hosted a professional development training on March 27, 2014 for funded agencies titled Youth Benefits 101.

The training was facilitated by Brian Blalock, Youth Justice Project Director at Bay Area Legal Aid.

Training topics included: General Assistance Program, CalWORKS, Food Stamps, brief overview of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits, Foster Benefits and Medicaid/Medi-Cal.

Professional development trainings is one way to ensure that our funded agencies have current data and up-to-date information on best practices for the participants they serve.


*Jacqueline Espana & Bes Woldeyesus from MISSSEY


*Benito Sierra from Oakland Street Outreach & Tom Rudderow from Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth


*Melecia Navarro from the Unity Council & Shirley Yee from Oakland Unified School District


*Natasha Vinakor of Civicorps with trainer Brian Blalock from Bay Area Legal Aid

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