Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

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.

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and it has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. - and the holiday dedicated to his legacy - over 100 BAYAC Corps members and 5 VISTA members joined other volunteers from the Oakland area to plant trees and native plants, and to pick up trash in a neglected & blighted neighborhood near the Oakland Coliseum. The project was organized by Urban Releaf.

BACR is extremely proud to announce the appointment of Ruth Barajas-Cardona to Co-chair of San Francisco's Youth Employment Coalition - effective January 1, 2015.  Ruth is  director of BACR's Youth Leadership Industry, and has dedicated herself to  empowering youth, providing pathways to their employment and education, and tapping into youth-led leadership potential of youth in our communities.  

On October 30th over 250 BACR staff gathered for BACR’s Annual Fall Kickoff at the Albert Coro Community Center in San Rafael.  The Kickoff, hosted by Marty Weinstein and Mary Jo Williams, brings everyone  together to celebrate BACR’s past accomplishments, preview the upcoming year, and celebrate our valued employees.   The focus for this year’s event was BACR’s Best Practice of “building healthy relationships, guided by a caring heart.”   We were pleased to have as guest speaker, Pam Weiss, an executive coach, meditation teacher and Founder of Appropriate Response, an organization dedicated to bringing wisdom and compassion to the workplace.