Our health-focused approach is intended to combat high rates of preventable diseases such as diabetes, asthma, cancer and obesity. Through our work, we improve access to health-promoting resources such as healthy food and green space, while empowering youth to develop as skilled leaders and change agents capable of creating healthy environments for their communities.
To help youth draw connections between personal and community health, OFC provides programs that develop the leadership capacities of Oakland youth. These include outdoor garden-based education, micro-enterprise skills training, catering, food preparation and urban gardening. We seek to thread together themes of integrating agriculture with the environment through agro-ecological restoration within the urban streetscape, all based within a model of youth leadership development.