Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

10.22.15 - BACR is extremely proud of Verna Springer, Site Coordinator at Emerson Elementary, who today received a well-deserved honor in the award of “After School Visionary Leadership” from California Department of Education, After School Division. Each October during the Lights On Afterschool celebrations at the State Capitol, this accolade is bestowed on “one or more individuals who have worked several years in the field of after school and have demonstrated leadership, innovation, compassion, creativity, resourcefulness, and dedication in operating stellar after school programs.” This award was presented to Verna by Superintendent of Instruction,Tom Torlakson.  Our congratulations and thanks to Verna for her leadership!

What does BACR after school look like at REACH Academy Elementary School in Oakland? Watch the video to find out!


STEM (Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Math) education made accessible to students lacking applied math & science education in the alternative school settings.

The Wheelie Car program is a hands-on way to introduce students to careers in technical education. The course introduces a broad range of subjects including: welding, machining, CNC and CAD (computer aided manufacturing) operation and setup, and 3D solid modeling. The curriculum focuses on contextualized math, fraction and decimal conversions, and algebraic formulas needed to calculate speeds and feeds in cutting metal. Students learn technical language and worker safety. Furthermore, the students get to visit companies (EBMUD, the Port of Oakland, and the Crucible) to speak with professionals in the field expanding the knowledge.