Berkeley Youth Alternatives

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Sports & Recreation


1255 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94702 United States

Organization Information

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."


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by Amber E. from Berkeley, CA (January 20, 2009)
BYA is a beautiful model of sustainable food, sustaining kids. Their garden is a place of inspiration .They are the organization I would want to give land to if I could.

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