We Are REACH
The REACH Ashland Youth Center is operated by Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Alameda County staffs and Program Partner staffs are on-site to provide program electives and integrated support services.
The Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) in partnership with the Hayward Area Recreation & Parks District (HARD) serves as the Core Lead for Recreation Programming. Various recreation and fitness classes are offered that not only introduce youth to new and enjoyable methods for achieving physical health, but also support young people in developing healthy strategies to cope with various life issues and stresses that can otherwise interfere with becoming positive, safe and productive adults. Classes such as dance, martial arts, weight training, boxing, basketball, and soccer. The weight room, (“The Lift”), the dance studio (“The Groove”)
The San Lorenzo Unified School District serves as the Core Lead for Education Programming. The educational goals are: youth will gain the skills necessary to access educational and career paths, increase graduation rates and participate in continuing education for out of school youth, increase academic achievement, self-confidence, skill building, self-exploration, and increase attendance, reduce suspensions and discipline measures. Additionally, the youth’s caregivers are knowledgeable and supported about strengthening their child’s school success.
Arts and Creativity
The Arts and Creativity Programming provides opportunities for creative self-expression through projects and activities that are designed with themes that are relevant to youth and that develop life skills such as group collaboration, problem solving and positive decision making. Arts & Creativity programming is offered to youth in a variety of art forms in the visual arts studio, media center and recording studios. Visual Arts classes focus on: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Sculpture, Mixed-media, Bookmaking, Paper Arts and Textile Arts. Digital Arts classes focus on: Digital Compositing, Digital Painting, Digital Photography, Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, Digital Music, Recording Studio Projects, Video Editing and Independent Digital Arts Projects. Classes are taught by practicing, professional teaching artists. The Arts and Creativity programming is provided by the Alameda County Office of Education.
The youth employment program (YEP) provides employment and educational opportunities and support to youth by providing professional development, life skills training, job placement, and comprehensive support services. YEP helps youth to successfully receive and retain jobs, but also helps them to develop the skills needed to become successful in their future careers. Youth are given meaningful jobs that help them to grow personally and to improve their community. They learn problem-solving, confidence, conflict resolution, positive decision-making, and relationship building. Soulciety’s is the on-site provider of youth employment programming.
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness offers programs and services that promote healing, capacity building, and leadership development that is positive and life affirming. REACH Counselors support young people to address life goals, navigate challenges and crises, enter health career pathways, and build their own confidence and power.
FUENTE WELLNESS CENTER
Inside REACH, there is the Fuente Wellness Center, operated by La Clínica de la Raza., Fuente Wellness Center is a full service medical clinic offering medical care, dental, health education, counseling and insurance enrollment services to youth. All REACH Health & Wellness programs are free and confidential, as allowed by local, state and federal laws.
Alameda County Library brings library staff and materials, including books, magazines, databases & other online resources. Youth have access to books and magazines they enjoy, in addition to educational materials that encourage literacy and support academic and personal needs. The Library Program will also provide fun and informational library programs and resources that complement the services offered by the REACH partner agencies.
Early Childhood Development Center
The vision of the REACH Ashland Early Childhood Development Center (“The Nest”) is to serve 16 infants and toddlers in a state of the art center. Top priority for enrollment are children of REACH members. Operation of the center is provided by Kidango. The program utilizes the federal Early Head Start model providing evidence-based, comprehensive services including medical, dental, mental health and vision screening, inclusion of children with identified special needs, and extensive parent involvement.
The Bite is an independently owned and operated café.