Welcome to the BACR After School Programs Blog!
For over three decades, Bay Area Community Resources After School Programs have had the privilege of serving the diverse communities of the Bay Area. They have done so by promoting the healthy development of individuals, families and communities through direct services, volunteerism, and partnering with the San Francisco Bay Area. The BACR family is a tight knit group, made up of passionate and creative individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of the lives of the children we serve. This blog was created to appreciate and showcase the achievements of our outstanding staff and their programs. Please join us on our journey of documenting the lives of the everyday heroes that serve in our programs.
San Francisco After School Programs have been sharing Best Practices to inspire and support each other to take their work to the next level. This year, we have focused our professional development on creating a strong and supportive culture and climate. We have shared ideas on building strong communities among staff and with students and families through regular community circles, creating comfortable and welcoming spaces, and creating opportunities for bonding off campus. We have thought creatively about how to use snack time as an opportunities to gather and deepen our relationships. And we have gone above and beyond to host special events that inspire the parents and local community to get excited about our programs!
Another focus of this year is STEM! With the amazing leadership of Colleen Johnston, we have implemented several incredible STEM initiatives into each one of our programs! One highlight is Math Hoops. Through a partnership with the WARRIORS, our students are falling in love with math by playing a board game where they learn about percentages, fractions, and more!
We also continue to build confidence, skills, and passion in our youth through enrichment and clubs. Some of us have partnered with First Tee to bring golf to our students while learning essential values that help us be part of a team! Many of our programs are cooking and learning about nutrition by creating new delicious recipes. We are making beautiful art, dancing, and acting and performing while showing off our work through showcases and talent shows. And our programs at SNBC are all participating in a film festival!