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In this video, George Henderson, Community School Manager at Martin Luther King, Jr. in Oakland shares his pride in the changes  at his school thru a partnership with HandsOn Bay Area.  MLK Jr.'s collaboration with the HandsOn stellar team exemplifies BACR's mission of building community and encouraging volunteerism.

May 8, 2015…Congratulations!!! to the BACR Youth Workforce Development team– for being one of only 7  organizations nationwide that have been awarded Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants to improve outcomes for opportunity youth.   The 3-year funding arrived through a pipeline of like-minded organizational efforts - including the Corporation for National Service, the Aspen Institute Forum, Social Innovation Fund, and Jobs for the Future (JFF).  The JFF/SIF award to BACR will be put to use for the San Francisco's Roadmap to Peace initiative, a multi-partner, community-driven collaborative working to improve school completion rates and job placement for disconnected young men in the City.  Ruth Barajas-Cardona, BACR’s Director of BACR’s Workforce Programs will lead the effort.   The following is the full press release.

This is the first post in a three-part series showcasing youth-led philanthropy programs in the Bay Area. For more information on how young people are engaging in support of the social sector, see Foundation Center'r report, Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy

When I was offered the opportunity to develop a youth-led grants program in San Francisco, I jumped at the chance. It was an opportunity to create a community-oriented youth-led model that set a new standard in public funding and philanthropy.  I didn’t know the first thing about philanthropy but I knew exactly what successful youth leadership looked like.  I returned toCommunities in Harmony for Learning and Kids (CHALK), the organization that spearheaded the effort, and in 2003, Youth Funding Youth Ideas (YFYI) was born. Today, we are a group of youth from San Francisco, funding up to $100k per year in small grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000. Our funding supports youth-led projects aimed at tackling social justice issues. But that’s not what makes us unique.

Officials participating in Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service represent 149 million Americans, nearly half of U.S. population

March 7, 2015 marked the 3rd annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, and locally both San Francisco & Richmond BACR AmeriCorps and VISTA were honored.  Shown here from the City of Richmond event are our Richmond service leaders who received recognition from Mayor Tom Butts for their contributions to the Richmond community.  City Community Specialist, Rochelle Monk, combined honoring all volunteers in Richmond - who are traditionally honored with a luncheon during Volunteer Week - with the Mayor for Recognition of National Service.

BACR’s Youth Funding Youth Ideas (YFYI) is a youth-led program of Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids (CHALK) that grants funding to youth-led projects in San Francisco that benefit the community. YFYI grant makers are composed of youth from various backgrounds between the ages of 14-18.  The YFYI staff grant funds to proposed projects in San Francisco that meet the criteria of a focus on community improvement,  development, and change -   all from a youth perspective!  This unique grant-making model fosters youth leadership and civic engagement and benefits innovative youth-led projects to better our communities.  

Please see YFYI’s latest newsletter!

Family Science Night is an evening of hands-on science activities for students and their families to do together. Tonight’s event focused on engineering based activities. We recruited teachers and parents to set up activities. Each parent/teacher organized just one activity and agreed to staff it the night of the event, making preparation much easier. We provided activity ideas, so getting them ready was just a straightforward task of gathering supplies. We worked with our PTO to find interested parents. We chose our activities in advance so that we could publicize them and have time to get them ready. We offered eleven hands-on activities.