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ORGANIZATION: Berkeley Youth Alternatives


Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) is a non-profit organization and its M.A.T.C.H. (Mentoring, Academic Support, Trainings, College Prep, & Health) Program works to divert youth from negative activities, while providing them with positive, enriching, and educational activities in which they can enjoy and learn.

Mentoring can be defined as a relationship over a prolonged period of time between two or more people where older, wiser, more experienced individuals provide support, guidance, and concrete help to a younger at-risk person as they go through life. We are currently looking for mentors for middle school and high school students, who all come from different backgrounds with different needs. We're looking for energetic individuals who can commit to improving the experience of youth. We are offering in-person group mentoring opportunities. M.A.T.C.H plans to expand the views of middle school and high school students through conversations, exposure, field trips, documentaries, music, & academic help. Focusing specifically on Education, Health/ mental well-being, and economic self sufficiency.

MATCH Mentors volunteer once to preferable two times a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:30-6:00pm at Berkeley Youth Alternatives

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About Berkeley Youth Alternatives


1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702, US

Mission Statement

Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) uses two strategies to help young people and their families to address problems: Prevention--reach young people before their problems become crises, and Intervention--provide support services to those who are entangled in the juvenile justice system.


BYA-Has several different programs: Afterschool/Summer Jam Program k-6, Teen Center, Computer lab, Garden Patch, Crisis Counseling Program, Girls Twilite Basketball- Sports Program, RAVE(Rising Against Violent Element), Mentoring Program, Nutrition Education Program, and Career Development. These programs are provided to enrich the lives of the participants.

Volunteer testimonies:

"Tutoring at BYA has been a more fulfilling experience than I could have ever imagined. It was solidified my desire to work with youth in my future career and has taught me what a quality program can do for young people and their families."

"I enjoy working with the kids A LOT. Playing games with them is just as fun as helping them with their academics. I love getting the kids engaged in the work."

"(Volunteering has) helped me become more efficient with managing time between students and coming up with different and creative lesson plans."


Children & Youth
Children & Youth, Community, Faith-Based


Tue Nov 07, 2023 - Fri Dec 22, 2023
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM


1255 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94702


  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Gardening
  • Music Therapy
  • Acting
  • Electronics


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least once per week for up to early June
  • College experience/Life experience.

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