BACR Staying Safe While Helping Others During COVID-19LEARN MORE

We are all in this together

BACR programs responding to the COVID 19 crisis

Our programs are responding to the coronavirus emergency on multiple fronts—caring for families, offering health care resources and mental health support, as well as providing online distance learning for children throughout the Bay Area. A key priority is to keep our regular programs running for the tens of thousands of families and extremely vulnerable communities we help support.

Staying safe

Mental Health

Mental health

Staff are providing mental health and supportive counseling to youth and their families through phone and video platforms. Support includes case management activities, including helping families to navigate this crisis, connecting them to various community resources depending on their needs, such as unemployment insurance, food banks, and health care, free and low-cost wi-fi providers. The work has also included supporting academic progress by helping youth and families to navigate the online teaching platforms, and creating space at home for school work to be completed. Staff are also supporting teachers by disseminating Social Emotional tools that they can use in their virtual classrooms and providing them with resources to share with families as they may be the first contact with families who are not on our case load.

Stephanie Hochman, LCSW

East Bay Program Director

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities

Community school managers are busy designing methods to assess the needs of the school population, supporting the connection to home-schooling by supporting teachers and families with tips for home-schooling survival. They are helping out in other school initiatives, like distributing school lunches, wi-fi hot spots and chrome books for home education. FSCS Managers are also meeting regularly with their principals and CARE teams to organize the school’s response to the closures, to assess and refer students and families who are emerging as having various needs and to begin planning for next year. Finally, they are assessing all families for current needs and linking them to community resources and emergency relief funds.

Stephanie Hochman, LCSW

East Bay Program Director

Limit the spread of germs and prevent infection

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a mask when in public at all times.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

First 5

First 5 staff in both counties are spending time doing some professional development as well as providing support to families remotely. They are posting tips and activities on Facebook to support families’ interacting productively with their children during the shut-in.

They are also working on lesson planning and class design for future classes. Most of the First 5 staff have young children themselves at home, which understandably challenges their ability to be as productive as they might.

First 5

ECAP: Engaging Community in Advocacy & Policy

ECAP staff are checking in with their program youth, providing resource connections where indicated and doing on-line training with them. They are also continuing to work on advocacy projects as they can remotely, such as engaging with community on policy issues, researching information needed for advocacy campaigns, and developing materials for outreach and issue organizing.

BACR Afterschool

Starting March 16, 2020 we have had multiple staff members supporting the distribution of food, technology and other materials and supplies students and families need. We have also launched a BACR distance learning resource website for our staff and students and families to access enrichment videos, self-care videos, hotlines, 20/21 registration forms, inspiring quotes and testimonies and so much more.

We continue to be in conversations with both the state and local officials receiving guidelines and updates on how we can best support our staff and the communities in the most inclusive and equitable way.

Youth Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

The Youth Tobacco Coordinator Consultant, and Youth Tobacco Health Educator are working on the following

  • Supervising a youth substance-use prevention internship program with a focus on tobacco with 18 youth from 5 high schools in Marin County
    • Youth tobacco awareness video project
    • Filming a PSA on vaping risks amid Covid 19
    • Writing a parent education letter on vaping risks amid Covid 19
    • Posting substance/tobacco awareness messages on social media
    • Meeting monthly as a group and bi-monthly for specialized projects
  • Developing a "Tobacco Prevention Web Series Training" for all in the community
  • Collaborating with a youth restorative justice program to provide prevention and cessation support for students and their parents
    • Conduct bi-monthly substance use prevention presentations for youth and their parents
    • Develop and facilitate cessation-focused activities and group meetings for students looking to quit smoking or vaping

BAYAC AmeriCorps

Bay Area Community Resources has served as an intermediary for AmeriCorps programs since the inception of AmeriCorps in 1994. Currently we operate three AmeriCorps programs. All three place Members at partner agencies with a long history of service to their communities, and all three focus on economically disadvantaged communities.

  1. BAYAC AmeriCorps is our flagship program operating since 1994 that serves K-12 youth in order to improve school success.
  2. Climate Corps AmeriCorps provides services throughout California that will reduce water and energy use and increase public awareness about environmental practices.
  3. Listos AmeriCorps provides education and outreach in six high-need counties throughout California in order to increase public readiness for disasters, and it deploys members to disasters as needed.
All 3 of of our programs are supporting the Covid 19 response by providing distance learning and tutoring to students, providing healthcare access and resources to students and their families, Supporting Food banks and answering phone lines at the 211 assistance lines.