Welcome to Pinkard Youth Institute.  Pinkard Youth Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and providing viable opportunities for our youth. Educating and  developing future leaders.

Our goal is to make our community a better place. Explore our website to learn more about all that we’re doing to make a change in  just have what we are doing to inspire youth in Ventura County.


Bedford L. Pinkard

1930 - 2018

In memory of Mr. Pinkard, the family request a donation be made to PYI.  

February 16, 2020

Pinkard Youth Institute “A Heart for Youth" Presents African American Youth Leadership Awards Supper and Memorial Tribute

Recognizing our youth who have excelled in community service, volunteerism, scholastic achievement and school involvement. Scholarships will be awarded to:

· 2 middle school students, 1 male and 1 female

· 2 high school students, 1 male and 1 female

Please plan to join us for this afternoon of Recognition and Tribute!

The Black College Tour was initiated in the  effort to inspire, encourage, and assist minority youth, specifically African American youth, to attain high educational goals. This educational endeavor introduces High School students to college campus life and provides them with firsthand curriculum information, entrance requirements, financial aid and scholarship resources by offering students the opportunity to speak directly with college admission officials and current college students. For more information visit www.blackcollegetour-pie.com

June 07, 2020

Student Internship Program

Available Now (see Career Counselor)
High School Students 10th and 11th Grade (African American Students)
June 9, 2019  (6-weeks)
Applications Due by May 29, 2019


The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to experience the work environment in various businesses and the requirements of the work environment. They learn how to get along with other employees and the importance of working as a team. Interns work in locations throughout the county such as the River Ridge Golf Course, government offices, PAL Club, recreation departments, and St. John’s Medical Center.

African American Enrichment Program

PYI, in partnership with California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) and Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD), sponsors an African American Enrichment Academy for 10th - 12th-grade students.  The Enrichment Academy is a week-long summer experience.  Please click on the button below to fill out the application and fax it back to 805 988 2426.  

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Pinkard Youth Institute

P.O. Box 52211

Oxnard, CA 93031


Tel Ph. 805 988 2426

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