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.

Chavez Elementary

 

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  "The BACR After School Program at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Richmond, California is filled with enriching and fun activities! The East Bay Performing Arts has provided us with a Capoeira class that resulted in an exciting performance in our campus' amphitheater. Chavez students couldn't be more excited for their Wednesday Capoeira sessions, and singing the traditional Brazilian folk songs, doing Capoeira, playing the drums and simply spending time with Mr. Silver, a seasoned youth worker and Capoeira instructor."

Jon Lawrence, Site Coordinator at Hugo Chavez Elementary

 

Grant

 

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"We are very proud of the students in the program at Grant. Every day,they come to the after school program with big smiles and high energy. Our students are smart, caring, and resilient. The community that we serve is hard-working, loving, and passionate about their child's education. The staff is committed to building a program in which our students see us as their mentors and advocates. Thank you Jennifer, Brittney, Jessica, and Madhuri! We invite you to visit us and learn more about our program. We may teach you our secret handshake…."

 Andy Castro, Site Coordinator at Grant Elementry

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King Elementary

 

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"John F Kennedy park Revitalization is now in its third year. The City of Richmond's successful community park build program will focus on the revitalization of John F. Kennedy Park and will provide multiple benefits to the surrounding central core neighborhood. The King after school 5th and 6th grade class was invited to be part of designing this restoration." 

Juanita Towns, Site Coordinator at King Elementary

 

Nystrom

 

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"The BACR After School Program at Nystrom Elementary prides itself on promoting not only a safe space for students to grow academically but also to find and celebrate their Individuality.  We believe that giving students the space and opportunities to celebrate and explore avenues of self-expression helps build confidence that they will carry for a life time."

Alison Santos, Site Coordinator at Nystrom Elementary

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Washington

 

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"At Washington Elementary one of the greatest highlights the students have is our famous international cooking class led by Ms. Gwen. It is favored because they experience a variety of flavors, textures, and ingredients. Parents participate by enjoying the meals and the students are delighted to share what they have created. Each person keeps the receipts in a ever growing notebook. We look forward to having a culminating event in which meals from various parts of the world shall be served." 

Erika Cardona, Site Coordinator at Washington Elementary

 

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Wilson 

 

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"The BACR After School Program students Wilson Elementary had some fun on Easter with Richmond Fire
Department and Richmond Police Department. Students were able to learn
the steps and hard work to becoming a firefighter or police officer.
They were very thankful to have gotten the opportunity to look inside
the fire truck and the police car.

On a regular basis, we also have Choice Fridays which
consist of upper grade students running activities for all the
students. Leadership skills and planning are taught to them. They
leave knowing what they can do better next time and the smiles on
their faces are priceless."

Claudia Chan, Site Coordinator at Wilson Elementary

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