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Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the Oakland
Youth-Friendly Business Awards!


The Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards (OYFBA) honor businesses and individuals who provide workplace mentoring and essential career skills to Oakland youth.

Francisco Gomez, Workplace Mentor of the Year

He supported me as I was making a big change from the gang life…Now I’m on my own working to be a chef, traveling to Spain, and working at his restaurant.” – Adrian

Cook!, Small Business of the Year

(Cook!) is committed to providing relevant learning experiences for middle school youth, including…healthy eating, business development, menu planning, marketing, blogging, and much more.” – Rebecca

Urban University / Urban Furniture, Nonprofit of the Year

“(Urban University) gives interns skills for working in the local community. High school youth gain retail experience and math, reading, and communication skills.” – Erica

Oakland Public Library, Government Agency of the Year

“From providing books…to providing a binder full of internship opportunities, the Oakland Public Library excels in preparation for careers.”– Caleb

Charles Schwab Bank, Big Business of the Year

“Charles Schwab has donated staff time and resources to implement our financial literacy course, which has reached over 200 students.”– Rachel