Children, Youth and Families
In 2018, ALL IN welcomed the Interagency Children’s Policy Council (ICPC) under its umbrella. In this newly formed alliance, ALL IN continues to carry on ICPC’s core mission of working across County systems to improve outcomes in the health, safety, and success of our children. ALL IN collaborates with County agencies and stakeholders to improve outcomes for Alameda County’s low-income and vulnerable children, youth, and their families by:
- Promoting and providing a venue for communication and coordination between key partners and
- Making recommendations on children and youth policy issues that span multiple systems and prioritize preventative and front-end investments.
In addition, ALL IN workgroups serve as a platform and incubator inclusive of multiple perspectives that ensure for a deliberate and broadly represented vetting process on complex, interagency issues that affect children, youth, and families.
Primary Contact: Julie Hadnot
Ending Youth Homelessness
ffective July 1, 2022, Ending Youth Homelessness work was successfully transitioned to the Health Care Services Agency, Office Homeless Care and Coordination. Transitioning the work is a key hallmark of ALL IN’s success to launch innovative strategies and transitioned them into organizations that allow the work to be sustained.
Under ALL IN, staff worked with County, City, and Community partners to identify and implement strategies and approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Alameda County. To do so, we aim to build the capacity of our systems to:
- Focus explicitly on addressing racial inequities as a driver of youth homelessness
- Center young people as leaders
- Increase alignment and coordination between multiple youth-serving systems
- Increase resources dedicated to youth
- Implement innovative, relevant, and youth-specific programs
Youth Action Board. ALL IN led a collaborative effort to develop and sustain a Youth Action Board (YAB) with the goal of cultivating youth voice and infusing that voice into policy and program planning in Alameda County to prevent and end youth homelessness. Through participation on the YAB, youth were empowered to take the lead in voicing their support, concerns, ideas, and more. YAB members are youth with lived experience of homelessness or housing insecurity. The YAB has been named a subcommittee of the County’s Continuum of Care Committee, and YAB members have provided recommendations on key funding allocations for youth homelessness. The YAB co-developed a proposal for preventing and ending youth homelessness in Alameda County which led to securing a $6.5 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Under OHCC, the YAB will continue to uplift the voices of and empower youth, a constituency that is often excluded from decision-making on policies, programs, and services that shape their lives.
For more information on the Ending Youth Homelessness work or the Youth Action Board, please contact Hannah Moore at HMoore@acgov.org.
Youth Collaborative Internship. With support from the Hellman Foundation, ALL IN is partnering with two community organizations, Project EAT (Alameda County Office of Education) and HHREC, to provide youth engagement and development programming in summer 2021. This programming will support transition age youth in the Unincorporated County to (1) participate in meaningful summer programming, and (2) develop and increase life skills, school performance, and job readiness in the areas of agriculture, financial literacy, health and wellness, job training, and advocacy.
The programs will provide stipends for youth participants, ensure youth have access to a continuum of culturally responsive and integrated health and wellness services, and connect youth to resources to support their health and socio-emotional needs.
Youth Urban Agriculture Internship. With support from Sutter Bay Hospital, ALL IN launched the Youth Urban Agriculture Internship (YUAI) is a six-week paid summer internship aimed at providing opportunities for youth living in central Alameda County to develop an understanding of the food system to increase healthy behaviors, generate interest and skills in the local food economy, and improve financial literacy.
The YUAI program was held in 2020 and 2021. YUAI engaged youth ages 16-24 years old from the Unincorporated County. The urban farming internship is not only possible in a pandemic but eagerly appreciated by young people. The program is a partnership between ALL IN, Dig Deep Farms, and the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE).
San Antonio Family Resource Center
The San Antonio Family Resource Center (SAFRC) is a community-led, multi-generational approach to increasing school readiness and empowering parents and is a key element of ALL IN’s work to support community-led neighborhood transformation in the San Antonio neighborhood. The project is a partnership between ALL IN Alameda County, Lotus Bloom, Trybe, and EBAYC and is supported through First 5 Alameda County‘s Neighborhoods Ready for School grant initiative.
The Neighborhoods Ready for School (NRFS) initiative aims to strengthen the coordination of existing services and programs; increase access to early childhood programs, opportunities for economic development, and family strengthening; and support infrastructure investments to enhance and create community assets like Family Resource Centers. The SARFRC aims to ensure families with children aged 0-5 years in the San Antonio community have access to these essential experiences and resources and that they are drivers of change in the community and key leaders in the development and implementation of the programs and services offered. To achieve this aim, we are designing and implementing a number of key strategies, including:
- Early childhood and family strengthening programs and services at locations throughout the community
- On-the-ground presence in the community to identify and support disconnected families with youth children (SAFRC parent outreach team)
- Parent leadership opportunities (Parent Action Research Team, Parent Outreach Leaders, and Parent-Led Projects)
- Employment and skill building for San Antonio parents as outreach team leaders
Through the SAFRC, families have access to early childhood programs, parent education and training programming, case management and family navigation services, and related resources such as food and emergency supply distribution.
Please contact Julie Hadnot for more information.
Interagency Fatherhood Workgroup
The Interagency Fatherhood Work Group helps to monitor, guide, and institutionalize the work outlined in the Alameda County Fathers Corps (ACFC) expansion plan. This cross-agency work group provides guidance and ensures that the ACFC is meeting the needs of member agencies. The work group strives to institutionalize father-friendly policies and practices throughout Alameda County Public systems and community-based organizations.