Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

Mark Parker is trying to kick a bad habit.

Parker, a 28-year-old San Rafael resident, has smoked for nine years, but the past two months he has done his best to quit. Recently, he created a motivational art piece made of cut up cigarette cartons that he pasted to a sheet of paper, forming the phrase, “You can do it.”

The piece is featured in the tobacco cessation art exhibit that opened last week at the 1108 Gallery at 1108 Tamalpais Ave. in San Rafael. Parker is a peer director at the Enterprise Resource Center, whose members produced the work for the exhibit.

On Tuesday, December 15, the Warriors hosted Math Hoops Live in partnership with Learn Fresh, the Warriors Community Foundation and Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) at Sunset Elementary School in San Francisco.

Exposure to tobacco smoke — even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke — causes immediate damage to your body that can lead to serious illness or death, according to a recently released report by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin.

As the wind chills and the leaves fall from the trees, we are reminded of the inevitable cycle of life. For many cultures, death is simply a part of the life cycle - a continuation. The annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition comes from Mexico and celebrations occur in November. "This all stems from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico (Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomi) who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry. Just like they did when they were living (http://www.mexonline.com/daydead.htm)."

Here at YFYI, we are taking a cue from this tradition by remembering that we are all links to the past and the future. The work we do today grows from the lessons of yesterday. So as the leaves fall from our branches, and our seeds scatter, we continue to nourish our roots, because the trees understand that the end is just another beginning.

With a lot of planning and one hard day's work, a team from Public Allies joined forces with members of the Trust for Richmond's Land, and Mayor Tom Butt to restore Kennedy Park in South Richmond. The long neglected park was brought back to life with new landscaping and artistic touches.  The pride and excitement from residents over the reclamation of this community asset is evident in NBC’s coverage of JFK Park Build.

On October 8th nearly 250 BACR staff met at the Albert Coro Community Center in San Rafael to kick off the FY15-16 year.  The theme for this event was “Leadership” and our hosts were Marty Weinstein, CEO and Mary Jo Williams, COO. In addition to celebrating the past year’s accomplishments Mary Jo presented a “Then & Now” retrospective of the trajectory of agency growth over the past 10 years, fueled by a “flywheel” “ momentum of solid relationships and programming that has allowed BACR to thrive and deliver on its mission.