Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

The San Francisco-based organization, Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids — CHALK — was founded in March 1996 by David Glickman and Jason Singer.

CHALK transforms and enriches the lives of disconnected and at-risk youth by providing them with a sense of identity and purpose and helping them to gain skills and be productive.

CHALK, located at 965 Mission St. Suite 520, provides these youths — who are between the ages of 14 and 24 — with an opportunity to be community organizers, grantmakers, outreach workers, after-school outreach program leaders, media producers and counselors.

As CEO of BACR  I am deeply gratified that Mayors Jean Quan of Oakland and Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond were among dozens of mayors nationwide who,  on April 1, 2014, took time out to honor the contributions that AmeriCorps and VISTA members have made to their cities.

Nationwide, city mayors have come to recognize National Service as a powerful strategy in addressing local challenges.  The Corporation for National & Community Service can quantify that AmeriCorps volunteers “help bolster the capacity of the social and public sectors, deliver critical services, increase job opportunities, and save taxpayers money. 

BACR received recognition for their AmeriCorps VISTA and BAYAC programs from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, City of Richmond and Mayor Jean Quan, City of Oakland.

The nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address city challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve,mayors across the countryparticipated in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1, 2014.

BAYAC AmeriCorps Members spend every day in service. Placed at schools and non-profits throughout the Bay Area, Members commit to a full time volunteer position serving youth in multiple capacities.

On Friday, March 28th, our Members came together to hold service projects in honor of Cesar Chavez. One service project had over 60 Members participate in a clean up with the city of Oakland. Two other groups partnered with Sherman Elementary and Balboa High School to do beautification and gardening projects that would directly benefit the students. 

OCASA AmeriCorps Member Elizabeth Beltran-Larios is an Oakland native and has joined BAYAC/OCASA after completing undergrad at Cal to give back as part of the Alternatives in Action community at Life Academy High School.  She attended Life Academy herself and was highly recommended for the term by current teachers and administrators of Life Academy.

Since the start of the term, Elizabeth has worked selflessly to embody a role model and be a supportive advocate and friend to the students she serves. 

The physical improvements project at Taraval and 32ND Avenue began in November 2012 with funding from former Supervisor Carmen Chu. 

With coordination provided by Supervisor, Katy Tang, Supervisor Tang’s Legislative Aide Ashley Summers, and Phillip Wong from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, two small businesses received physical improvements at a blighted intersection in San Francisco’s Sunset District.