UNI - Youth Leadership's Newest Program in West Contra Costa Co.
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...
Youth Funding Youth Ideas - YFYI
With funding from San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, YFYI staff are able to “re-grant” dollars to youth-led projects in San Francisco. The criteria for selecting a project to fund include a focus on community improvement, development, and change - all from a...
Lafayette Elementary School Boosts Science Teaching
Eddie Scruggs-Smith still remembers the message her  drilled into her when she was young: “education means opportunity.” Although Scruggs-Smith sometimes doubted her academic abilities, the self-proclaimed product of the Oakland schools says it was a favorite Oakland Technical high...
Alameda after school students “Do Something” & make the news!
BACR’s after school students at 3 Alameda schools make headlines in The San Jose Mercury News: “Alameda students learn about the world of possibilities”.
An exciting opportunity to expand AmeriCorps in California
John A. Perez, Speaker of the California Assembly, recently introduced Assembly Bill 2328 which would establish a new California Service Corps (CSC).    I was proud to testify in support of this bill at the State Capitol on April 9th   The bill was unanimously approved by...
City support helps fund CHALK programs for employing SF youths
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...
Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service – April 1, 2014
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...
2nd Annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
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...
AmeriCorps Service on Cesar Chavez Day
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...
A Great Member Story
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...