Promoting Healthy Development
Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities
February, 2017: BACR is proud to announce that Helena Ortiz, Site Coordinator at Ruby Bridges Elementary School, received honorable recognition at Alameda County Office of Education's "Bridging the Bay" conference. This award was presented directly from Iqbal Badwalz, Education Programs Consultant at the California Department of Education, who was very impressed after his recent site visit to Ruby Bridges. Congratulations, Helena!
As part of their National Service commitment, Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows joined together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to perform an environmentally-themed Day of Service. The cohort partnered with Richmond nonprofit and Climate Corps partner, The Watershed Project, to pick up trash along the shoreline of Stege Marsh. Among hundreds of pieces of styrofoam and plastic, Fellows picked up some notable items including a pair of Nike's and a laptop bag. We appreciate these Fellows for improving the environment around them, both in their Fellowship roles and in their volunteer work.
Marty Weinstein, CEO, launched BACR's Employee Wellness Program at the Fall Kick-Off in October 2016. A Wellness Committee spearheaded by HR Director, Brenda Cain was formed to plan and organize a 3-year initiative. Since October, managers have been given an orientation and training, and a logo contest produced the winning entry. "Find your Balance" was submitted by Laura Cortez of BACR's DUI Program in Napa.
Just as BACR promotes the healthy development of individuals and families, we promote a culture of health and wellness for our employees. BACR encourages employees to engage in activities that will enhance their health and wellness as individuals. The Employee Wellness Program works to provide a variety of programs and offerings that address the various components of wellness: mental health, physical, financial, social, and spiritual. In addition, BACR offers an Employee Assistance Program that provides support in resolving personal issues through a variety of services including counseling services, financial consultations, weight management, stress management, and smoking cessation coaching. Various other wellness initiatives may be offered at different times, depending on interest level and activities scheduled throughout the Bay Area.
One might not think that basketball can help kids gain critical math skills. But for twin sisters Patricia and Angela Rodas, that’s exactly the case. The Rodas sisters have become rather like local celebrities in the San Francisco Bay Area through their success in NBA Math Hoops, a board game and curriculum that helps kids learn math through the lens of professional basketball.
To play NBA Math Hoops (and learn math at the same time) students divide into teams to analyze NBA and WNBA players’ stats, strategize, and solve increasingly complex math problems. On October 6, 2016, the Rodas twins showed off their math expertise gained through NBA Math Hoops by winning (for the second year in a row!) the Bay Area NBA Math Hoops championship, as part of the national kick-off for Lights On Afterschool 2016.
On October 24, 2016 over 200 of BACR’s staff gathered at the DoubleTree/Berkeley Marina to “kickoff” the 2016-2017 year. The theme for this year’s event included an overview of BACR’s Competitive Advantages - showcasing our expansion in our programs growth and diversity; the strength of our core relationships, and a new “wellness” initiative for our staff.
Our guest speaker was Laura Putnam, author of "Workplace Wellness that Works”. As always, Marty Weinstein, CEO and Mary Jo Williams, COO paid tribute to our dedicated staff with a presentation of “Best Practice Awards” to 6 deserving recipients.
It became apparent to me that there were a great number of individuals who, after leaving school were unprepared from the perspective of training and tools to make sustainable career decisions.
This lack of resources and education has left large numbers of folks essentially paralyzed by the daunting process of digging into their minds and psyches to make confident decisions about moving into the next segment of their lives…thus, The Fifth Quarter Project