Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

BACR Clinical Director Carin Grove was recently interviewed for a documentary video for Beyond Differences. The video highlights the work Beyond Differences is doing for social isolation in middle school kids and how it impacts their mental health. Carin spoke to the impact of social isolation and bullying is to our children and teens.

Please see this 9-minute film that was produced in 2014 by Elizabeth Emerson, a frequent contributor to BACR's goal of building healthy communities. This film addresses the issue of second hand smoke in apartments and condos as well as the risks of smoking related fires.

The Latino Council is a community-based organization helping nonprofits, government agencies, community organizations, businesses and professionals increase their cultural and organizational capacity to create effective outcomes with the Latino community. Our mission is “to recognize and develop leadership that empowers Latinos and to coordinate, improve and advocate for services and opportunities for the Latino community”.

On behalf of the Corporation for National and Community Service, I want to recognize Marty Weinstein, the CEO of Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) for his demonstration of the true spirit of AmeriCorps—getting things done in bay area communities and developing thousands of AmeriCorps members for the past 20 years. 

As we approach the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, it is with great pleasure to acknowledge Marty’s success in leading and sustaining Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC), one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the state of California since our inception in 1994.

Lissa Franklin, President of BACR’s Board of Directors and CEO, Marty Weinstein recently returned from the “Summit at Gettysburg: Our Unfinished Work”, held June 4th-6th. This event was sponsored by The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, and supported by the National Conference on Citizenship, ServiceNation, and Voices for National Service. BACR operates one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in California and we were proud to be in attendance.

In a pilot program, Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI), high school students from Samuel L. Gompers Continuation School have been working diligently to create social change in the community. UNI’s mission is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among residents of West Contra Costa County.

Ranging from sophomores to seniors, the youth represent Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) as Youth Leaders, meet weekly to increase leadership and facilitation skills and use these skills to develop and implement a community assessment around food and nutrition.