AmeriCorps Service on Cesar Chavez Day
2014-04-04
BAYAC AmeriCorps Members spend every day in service. Placed at schools and non-profits throughout the Bay Area, Members commit to a full time volunteer position serving youth in multiple capacities. On Friday, March 28th, our Members came together to hold service projects in honor of Cesar...
A Great Member Story
2014-04-04
OCASA AmeriCorps Member Elizabeth Beltran-Larios is an Oakland native and has joined BAYAC/OCASA after completing undergrad at Cal to give back as part of the Alternatives in Action community at Life Academy High School.  She attended Life Academy herself and was highly recommended for the...
San Francisco Sunset District Gets a Fresh Look
2014-03-25
The physical improvements project at Taraval and 32ND Avenue began in November 2012 with funding from former Supervisor Carmen Chu.  With coordination provided by Supervisor, Katy Tang, Supervisor Tang’s Legislative Aide Ashley Summers, and Phillip Wong from the Office of Economic and...
DJ music program a new spin on creative outlet for kids
2014-03-17
Elliot Gann, CEO of Today's Future Sound, explains how the grooves on a vinyl record work to students at Grass Valley Elementary School in Oakland on Feb. 3, 2014. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff) OAKLAND -- On a recent school day at Grass Valley Elementary, a classroom was quickly transforming into a...
Happy 20th Anniversary Willard YSP!
2014-02-27
I am very proud to tell the community about the Youth Support Program at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, and the positive impact this program continues to make in peoples lives. I haven’t been around long, but I can definitely feel and hear the love that past and returning mentor/mentees...
Gun Violence: Prediction , Prevention, and Policy
2014-02-06
I recently read a report by a panel of experts entitled, Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy, published by the American Psychological Association. This report includes a profile of Adam Lanza and the 2012 Sandy Hill school shootings, as well as established research data on mental...
Remembering Chuck Nelson
2013-12-10
To our Colleagues & Friends, The BACR family was dealt a heavy blow when our cherished Payroll Manager, Charles Nelson, passed away unexpectedly on November 27th. Chuck was greatly respected for his integrity, honesty and dedication to his work, working holidays and weekends to ensure that...
Proceed With Caution
2013-12-03
The first electronic cigarettes from China reached the US market in 2007, and the Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) market has been exploding ever since.  They are currently not FDA regulated or approved for tobacco (nicotine) cessation.  WHAT ARE ENDS? These are devices that...
Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco
2013-12-03
An Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers Just published in September 2013, "Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco: An Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers" is a new, free guide to integrating tobacco cessation support in health care settings. Some of the topics covered in the...
The Great American Smokeout and New Year’s Resolutions: Extra Motivation for Becoming Tobacco Free
2013-12-03
Many former smokers have been successful using either the Great American Smokeout (GAS) or New Year’s resolutions – or both – as added motivation for making quit attempts. One of the principles of GAS is non-judgmental, open experimentation with tobacco cessation or reduction, even if it means...