individuals. families. communities
BACR believes in providing a fun, nurturing environment where students can improve and develop academic and social skills, new interests, and personal growth. Each day of the school year in five Bay Area counties, more than 15,000 students from kindergarten to high school participate in BACR expanded learning programs during out-of-school time where they learn to be productive, navigate challenges successfully, and build positive relationships with their peers and adults.
One of the landmark enrichment activities offered at our expanded learning programs is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. Each year, thousands of young people engage in hands-on STEM projects from coding, exploring the solar system to measuring ingredients in a cooking class. Computer learning and board games challenge students to apply their math skills. Every STEM activity offers an opportunity to provide equity in education by exposing students to new experiences that help them increase their vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
Additionally, BACR programs promote socio-emotional development following best practices in youth development such as youth voice and restorative circles. Our programs are customized to each school community to ensure a culturally relevant program design. As we serve the most vulnerable students from our schools, we put special attention on professional development and proven observation tools to guide our continuous improvement and high-quality services.
PROVIDING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT SO THAT EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED WHERE IT MATTERS MOST
Academic assistance including homework support, academic interventions, and credit-recovery for high school students
TELL ME AND I FORGET, TEACH ME AND I MAY REMEMBER, INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN.
- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN -
EAST BAY EXPANDED LEARNING
Serving eight school districts and more than 80 schools in the East Bay, BACR delivers expanded learning opportunities to more than 12,000 students a year. Using social-emotional strategies and always with a focus on equity and inclusion, our programs serve predominantly underserved neighborhoods in Alameda, Antioch, Berkeley, Mt. Diablo, Oakland, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, and Vallejo. We offer structured academic support and enrichment activities for at least 150 days (three hours a day) throughout the school year.
BACR/East Bay is particularly proud of its strong partnerships with our schools and school districts. We personalize services to the unique school environments and are very responsive to the needs of the schools and community.
MARISA RAMIREZ | MESSAGE ADMINISTRATION
In San Francisco, BACR delivers expanded learning activities and services to more than 3,600 students a year at 14 schools. These services are made possible thanks to long-standing partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF). Serving a wide range of neighborhoods from the Bayview to the Sunset and Marina, BACR makes every effort to hire staff who are reflective of the communities we serve. Each summer we operate programs at at least 10 sites to help prevent summer slide and keep our youth engaged in fun and enriching activities.
KRISTY KENNADY | MESSAGE KRISTY
PROGRAM MANAGER - BEACON CENTERS
MATT PEMBERTON | MESSAGE MATT
HOME AWAY FROM HOMELESSNESS
A Home Away From Homelessness seeks to radically alter the trajectory of children's lives by providing safe and supportive environments that foster their strengths, creativity and abilities. By bringing together homeless and previously homeless children in the Marin and San Francisco counties to offer them new experiences, opportunities, and guidance, these children become part of a welcoming community that encourages their personal growth while providing a sense of inclusivity and family. And most importantly, they build lasting relationships with caring adults who guide and mentor them through the unique challenges they face in our community.
DIALLO GRANT | MESSAGE DIALLO
Our BACR program works to deliver expanded learning services to over 700 students at 6 school sites in San Rafael. These programs are rooted in equity, promote academic access, and are always implemented with a social-emotional focus. We are fully integrated into the school community and coordinate continually with the administration and site-based family resource centers to ensure that our shared vision is being realized. In the summer BACR runs a huge middle school and elementary school program that serves over 500 students at two central locations. In Novato, BACR provides a small but impactful summer program for elementary students in which middle school students serve as mentors. In both summer programs students engage in dynamic project-based learning activities that promote academic skill to beat the odds of potential summer slide in learning.
MARIANA LOPEZ QUINTANILLA | MESSAGE MARIANA
GET INVOLVED - VOLUNTEER or JOIN OUR TEAM
You can make a difference in the lives of children and youth and their families who experience poverty, homelessness, community violence and additional risk factors that could lead to school failure and challenging family functioning.
Your donation to BACR will go towards services that directly benefit and uplift the communities we serve. Your gift can be made to support general operation of BACR or earmarked for a specific program.
A career with BACR is a commitment to giving back to your community. We are seeking dedicated individuals to join our diverse team of more than 1,000 professionals in carrying out the BACR mission.