From the Executive Director: Remembering youth leader Raymen Justice.

To donate to the Oakland Kids First Raymen Justice Fellowship Fund, please click here.


Kids First in Statewide and National Media

“What has drawn us to the story is the initiative shown by these young people at Kids First - their efforts to improve their own education and that of subsequent students are inspirational. The youth leaders demonstrate that students can make a difference in their own education." – CBS News Producer.

To watch the CBS Evening News segment, click Play on the video to the right.


Click here to read the Los Angeles Times story about the efforts of Kids First organizers to win Peer Counselors in Oakland.



At Oakland Kids First, we create leadership opportunities for young people to transform their schools so all youth graduate with the skills and motivation to reach their dreams.


We believe that as a critical mass of young people take responsibility for themselves, for each other, and for their education – they have the power to immediately improve student culture and school climate and organize more effectively with their peers to win long-term systemic changes. Our innovative Culture Change strategies result in higher graduation, college attendance and retention rates, more class participation, the creation of more meaningful youth leadership opportunities, and a greater sense of connection and responsibility students have towards their peers and their education.


See a video of Kids First's Successful Three-Year Campaign to win Academic Peer Mentors featured on CBS National News!