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Advocacy for Change

We use Youth Alive’s 30 years of experience and expertise in addressing violence and serving victims and survivors of crime to develop policy solutions at the local, statewide, and national level that are designed to save lives in Oakland and beyond.

About Advocacy for Change

To push for permanent, systemic solutions to the daily violence terrorizing our community and city, Youth Alive’s Advocacy for Change (A4C) program raises the voices of those most affected by violence. Through A4C the Youth Alive family–including clients, survivors, program staff, and our Teens on Target youth leaders–address city, state and federal leaders to advocate for sensible policies that reduce community violence and promote a public health approach to violence prevention. A4C works with violence prevention coalitions, proposes and analyzes policy, gives testimony to legislators, and conducts community outreach.

Advocacy for Change Impact

$209 Million
in California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program funding
$28 Million
in funding for Oakland's Department of Violence Prevention Violence Prevention services now eligible for Medi-Cal (Medicaid) Reimbursement
“Tell those students that I hear them, I am with them, and I love them. We’re from the same place (Oakland) and now I’m in the White House. Anything is possible.”
Vice President Kamala Harris