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      CYO not only helps save lives but empowers clients to lead healthier lives. Additionally we focus on serving as a re-entry employer and hire locally from the communities we serve. Currently over 75% of our staff are formerly incarcerated. CYO is consistently working on the front lines to prevent violence and help community members connect with the resources and support services they need to thrive. CYO's primary programs are street outreach, conflict mediation services, mentoring, intensive case management, emergency relocation services, and general support to high-risk youth and young adults throughout Oakland.


      At CYO, we believe that once you establish a trusting and caring relationship, even with highest risk youth and young adults, needs you can support them to overcome challenges and access the opportunities need to succeed. What we have learned in supporting our clients is that their needs and many of the issues they face stem from much larger issues, that often exceed the scope of our contracts thus only allowing us to provide minimal or temporary relief for many of our clients. We are aiming to raise funds to support clients while they are working to achieve their goals, case managers will identify financial barriers that may be blocking them from achieving their goal or moving in a positive direction. For example, a parent who wants to advance their education for a specific trade or career may not have extra money to pay for childcare or tuition, so CYO would be able to utilize these discretionary funds to cover the cost of childcare or tuition for this client.


      Often these circumstances can be a determining factor in whether a person will be able to successfully lead a more stable and positive lifestyle. CYO would monitor and disperse these funds to ensure they are spent to support the families through hardships and to remove barriers to social and economic success for these families. The cost of fulfilling these needs can vary depending on the circumstances our clients are facing.


      We are hoping to raise a $50,000 annually for our client discretionary fund for our clients. This success is only possible with your SUPPORT.  A donation of $25 provides one Healthy, Wealthy & Wise session for one CYO Participant, $50 provides one funds for one CYO participant to obtain their driver’s license, $100 provides one incentive stipend to a CYO participant who has consistently met with their life Coach, $250 provides the highest incentive stipend to a CYO participant who has completed a life Plan goal, such as securing employment, 

      $500 sponsors one CYO participant in a full 14-week Healthy, Wealthy & Wise session, $1,000 covers the cost of one week of Violence Reduction Coordination, and can help with rental deposits, $5,000 provides one month of intensive life coaching for one CYO participant, as well as can help a client with a car for safer and more reliable transportation to and from school and work or to relocate to a safer neighborhood when facing imminent danger. And your generous donation of $10,000 covers the cost of one full 14-week Healthy, Wealthy & Wise session for 20 CYO participants.


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