Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service – April 1, 2014
2014-04-09
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
2014-04-04
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
2014-04-04
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
2014-04-04
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...
San Francisco Sunset District Gets a Fresh Look
2014-03-25
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...
DJ music program a new spin on creative outlet for kids
2014-03-17
Elliot Gann, CEO of Today's Future Sound, explains how the grooves on a vinyl record work to students at Grass Valley Elementary School in Oakland on Feb. 3, 2014. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff) OAKLAND -- On a recent school day at Grass Valley Elementary, a classroom was quickly transforming into a...
Happy 20th Anniversary Willard YSP!
2014-02-27
I am very proud to tell the community about the Youth Support Program at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, and the positive impact this program continues to make in peoples lives. I haven’t been around long, but I can definitely feel and hear the love that past and returning mentor/mentees...
Proceed With Caution
2013-12-03
The first electronic cigarettes from China reached the US market in 2007, and the Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) market has been exploding ever since.  They are currently not FDA regulated or approved for tobacco (nicotine) cessation.  WHAT ARE ENDS? These are devices that...
Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco
2013-12-03
An Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers Just published in September 2013, "Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco: An Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers" is a new, free guide to integrating tobacco cessation support in health care settings. Some of the topics covered in the...
The Great American Smokeout and New Year’s Resolutions: Extra Motivation for Becoming Tobacco Free
2013-12-03
Many former smokers have been successful using either the Great American Smokeout (GAS) or New Year’s resolutions – or both – as added motivation for making quit attempts. One of the principles of GAS is non-judgmental, open experimentation with tobacco cessation or reduction, even if it means...