MEDIA ADVISORY: Online Directory of Youth-Friendly Businesses is Live

Contact: Patricia Johnson, Project Chair

Tel: (510) 858-5068



November 6, 2013—Oakland, California—The Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Network (OYFBN) announces the launch of the first-ever online directory of youth-friendly businesses today.

Located at the URL, the directory features businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area that support and provide opportunities to young adults for career exploration.

The OYFBN intends for the directory to promote businesses by directing conscientious consumers to patronize listed businesses, while simultaneously encouraging non-participating businesses to become youth-friendly.

Currently, the directory contains 103 listings of businesses ranging from small family-owned restaurants to large corporations, from auto shops to architects.

As new businesses become qualified, they will be added to the directory. OYFBN vets every business to ensure they meet the qualifications by supporting or providing opportunities to young adults in various ways, including mentoring, internships, mock interviews, scholarships, and more.

The OYFBN directory intends to increase visibility for youth-friendly businesses through promoting these businesses’ efforts. It hopes to foster a culture of endorsing youth-friendly services and creating an incentive for non-participating businesses to consider investing in youth. 

About the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Network

The OYFBN is a coalition of organizations and schools with a mission to promote business engagement in the lives of young adults in Oakland. Currently, the advisory  board consists of BUILD, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Game Theory Academy, Inner City Advisors, Met West High School, Jonas Family Fund, Oakland Unified School District’s College and Career Readiness Office, SPARK, Workforce Investment Board, Youth Employment Partnership, Youth SEED, and Youth Uprising. The annual Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards honor businesses and individuals who provide exceptional workplace mentorship and opportunities for the advancement of Oakland youth.

OYFBN Information:

OYFBN Directory:


Patricia Johnson, Project Chair
Oakland Youth Friendly Business Network
337 17th Street #214, Oakland, CA 94612


Tel: (510) 858-5068




Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Network