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Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency headquartered in San Rafael, California that provides a range of services in seven counties around the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1976, BACR’s mission is to promote the healthy development of individuals and families, encourage service and volunteerism, and help build community. Toward these ends, BACR delivers services at more than 100 school- and community-based sites in the following program areas:

BACR In Focus

Youth Leadership In Focus


BACR youth leadership programs support young people to make positive decisions about their education, employment, and behavioral health. We'd like to highlight a few stories about what's happening in BACR's Youth Leadership programs.

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Staff Spotlights

Veronica Raya

Veronica Raya exhibits many of BACR’s Best Practices.  She is humble and guided by a caring heart.  She perseveres, is dependable, and acts with integrity.  And she is a continuous learner.  Veronica is an example of BACR homegrown talent.

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Kayla Lebo

Kayla has worked for CHALK programs in San Francisco for 9 years, since she was a teenager. She is now the coordinator of our digital media program and television show. Kayla is easily one of the sweetest people I have ever known.

On any given day you might see her bring snacks to the office for youth, she makes time on weekends to work directly with her youth staff, and says the most thoughtful and warm comments to everyone she comes across. 

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Meg Yardley

(BACR highly values and encourages people to try new ideas, to innovate, and to reach beyond “business as usual” in the service of improving people’s lives and the community as a whole.  It takes initiative, risk and commitment to forge new program areas or new ways to serve youth, family and communities.)

Meg Yardley, in birthing Restorative Justice practices at BACR, epitomizes BACR’s Best Practice of Continuously Growing, Stretching and Innovating.

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Colleen Johnston

Colleen Johnston is another great example of home grown leadership.  She started at YSP as a volunteer many years ago and, after graduating from Cal, it was my good fortune that she applied to become the coordinator of the Laurel Dell after school program in San Rafael.

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Katherine Bruce

Katherine started her career in our intern program, took the initiative to work at two challenging sites, with different expectations.  Her effort, commitment and dedication landed her a staff position at King Elementary as a MediCal counselor.

Katherine is system focused.  Her presence is visible, collaborative and warm.  She is the pied piper at her site.  She is fearless with her caseload, taking on intensive issues and has uncovered a sexual abuse ring. 

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Na'Dra Hennington

Na'Dra has been with BACR for over 5 years. She began her work in after school as a line staff then moved on to a program assistant then moved on to an after school coordinator and was then promoted to a program manager position.  Na'Dra is an inspirational member within the BACR family. 

She brings such a positive light to every situation; her sunshine smile brightens up our Richmond office.

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