Promoting Healthy Development
Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors honored 15 years of First 5 Contra Costa on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013. First 5 invited contractors to attend as well. Supervisor John Gioia’s wrote on his Facebook page, “This morning,we celebrated the remarkable achievements of the group at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Martinez.”
John Gioia has been a great supporter of BACR’s First 5 Center in Richmond, attending both the Grand Opening in 2007 and the 5 Year Celebration in 2012.
Seven years ago, the Health Center at De Anza High School in Richmond started in a small room and offered limited services to students once a week. From there it expanded into three modular units and expanded services.
Last year, De Anza High School's Health Center provided:
- individual counseling to 118 students;
- medical services to 251 students;
- youth leadership opportunities to students through its seven peer-to-peer mentoring, youth development, and health education programs;
- and services to 613 individual students in one or more capacities averaging 13 visits per year.
Although I am a fan of trees, there is one tree and subsequent surrounding area that has been a royal pain for patrol, CCTV unit, regulatory unit and of course the citizens of Richmond. There is a tree near Nelson’s liquor that over the past two years that Detective Oliver and I have nicknamed “the warrant tree.” This tree is famous for its consistent delivery of people with warrants into our custody.
In June 2012, 18 teen parents have joined their peers and walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. Despite facing poverty, homelessness, and other hardships, these young mothers have beaten the odds and are graduating thanks to the counseling, parenting education, and support they received at Crossroads High School in Concord.
First 5 Contra Costa has funded the Crossroads program for over a decade. With its $75,000 grant, Crossroads provides teen mothers with one-on-one and group counseling as well as parent education and support to help them care for their newborns and finish high school.