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Fred Finch Youth Center Overview

Oakland, CA
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Based in Oakland, California, Fred Finch Youth Center works with young people facing multiple challenges, including
homelessness, economic disadvantage, mental health and cognitive disabilities, and histories of significant trauma and loss.
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Mission: Fred Finch Youth Center seeks to provide innovative, effective services supporting children, youth, young adults, and families to heal from trauma and lead healthier, productive lives.

Fred Finch Youth Center – Why Work For Us?

Established as an orphanage in 1891 by Duncan and Eunice C. Finch, Fred Finch Youth Center was founded on the principle that no one–regardless of their background, financial status, or personal challenges–should be neglected or forgotten.  Little did they know how timeless their principles were.

From 1891 to the 1950s, the needs of the community had changed. Fred Finch Youth Center changed its focus and began serving adolescents who were, at the time, considered “incorrigible.” Mental health treatment services were added to meet the needs of these young people. Foster youth were experiencing higher rates of poverty, joblessness, substance use, addiction, developmental disabilities, and emotional impairments than the general population. In the late 1960s, Fred Finch Youth Center opened a residential treatment facility for youngsters who required more intensive services including behavioral interventions, healing from childhood trauma, and care for those with both mental and developmental disorders. Since the 1970s, we have specialized in serving the youth who require unique services not available from other agencies.

The 1970s also brought many advancements in the field of child welfare. Long-term studies clearly point to the family and social-emotional environment as the single most important factor in the development of young people and, consequently, of our society. Today, FFYC offers a culturally competent, evidence-based approach to services founded in modern best practices, with a commitment to positive outcomes.

Fred Finch Youth Center seeks to provide innovative, effective services supporting children, youth, young adults, and families to heal from trauma and lead healthier, productive lives.

For a legacy to stand the test of time, it is essential to define one’s values.  At FFYC, our work is driven by these core values:

Respect  To create trust

Family – To sustain throughout life

Compassion – To connect one life to another

Persistence – To stay the course, no matter what

Safety – To build a secure foundation

Hope – To invent a brighter future

At Fred Finch Youth Center, these values are not just what we say, but what we do. You can see it in every program. Our staff is compassionate and committed, resourceful with your donations, innovative in our solutions. We work with young people to overcome multiple and simultaneous challenges, including homelessness, economic disadvantage, mental health and cognitive disabilities, and histories of significant trauma and loss.

According to the US Department of Health and Human services, about 422,000 children currently living in California suffer from a serious mental health condition.

Additionally, the Public Policy Institute of California estimates that, in 2007, child poverty rates among Latinos was 23.6% and 28.5% among African Americans.  There are currently over 56,000 California children in the foster care system, and, between 2009 and 2011, infants entered foster care at a rate three times that of any other age group. While we serve children from all over California, during 2011 alone, and in just the six counties in which we have service facilities, there were nearly 10,000 reported and substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect.

Each day we work with young people that have endured nightmares most of us can’t even imagine.  Where some agencies find it nearly impossible to make a difference with this population, we go boldly forward. At FFYC, we are committed to the notion that no one is without hope, no matter how desperate their circumstances may appear.  We offer hope, provide relief, and develop a pathway to a new and brighter future.

…And still, we must do more.

Fred Finch Youth Center is like a family for many people. A cohesive team is necessary to deliver the very best in quality, participant-focused services. Qualified and passionate people are essential for to us achieve our mission.

We accept applications for all our of current job opportunities via our on-line applications system. The
online application system walks you through the standard application process. We do not accept applications via fax or email.

If you require additional assistance in completing our online application process, please contact one of the following offices:

Bay Area Main Office (Oakland):  510-482-2244
Southern California Main Office (Lemon Grove):  619-281-3706

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package for employees working at least 20 hours per week, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage, along with options for covering your spouse and/or dependent(s)
  • Up to 21 paid time off days per year–start accruing from date of hire
  • Long Term Savings Plan (401K) including company match of up to 6% with a 2-year 100% vesting period
  • Company-sponsored life insurance plan, with supplemental insurance available
  • Voluntary Section 125 deductions to help employees pay for healthcare costs
  • Direct deposit and credit union membership options

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    Wonderful mission and work with populations who have a high need for support.


    Self care is needed or else burn out can be high.

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    Continue to involve staff in decisions as much as possible.

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Fred Finch Youth Center Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Fred Finch Youth Center (Lemon Grove, CA) in April 2015.


    Mostly scenario questions, the interviewer will be reading off a sheet of questions. He will also give you a sheet to fill out with scenarios. It's about 30min long and if he shows you around the school and ask you to see the cottages, then you pretty much landed the job.

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