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.
"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."