Firefighter Youth Academy in Honor of Chief Samuel Golden
The Oakland Firefighter Youth Academy
The Oakland Firefighter Youth Academy is located in the San Antonio district, a large district in Oakland, California. It is one of the most diverse areas and also encompasses some of the most distressed neighborhoods in the city.
This Academy is in honor of Chief Samuel Golden, Oaklands first black fire Chief. Despite the barriers, Chief Golden quickly rose through the ranks. By 1958 he was an engineer, three years later he was a lieutenant, and by 1981 he was named chief, a position he held until retiring in 1987.
Partnering with Youth Employment Partnership
The Oakland Firefighter Youth Academy is proud to be partnered with Oakland's Youth Employment Partnership (YEP). Yep's mission is to enhance the employment and educational opportunities of Oakland youth and young adults impacted by poverty, the criminal justice system, the foster care system, school underachievement, and lack of work experience.
Through this community partnership, cadets are assisted in setting and achieving short term personal and academic goals that will better prepare them to successfully complete high school, continue their education and become gainfully employed. Cadets will be empowered to take control of their lives and care for their community.