REACH Ashland Youth Center brings no-cost Recreation, Education, Arts, Career, and Health programs to empower youth ages 11 to 24 and no-cost child-care and food distribution services to support the Ashland community. REACH is sponsored by the Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Alameda Health Care Services Agency.
Programs & Services
2022 Winter Sessions are Open!
Each session is a 4-week daytime set of FREE programs for middle and high school REACH Members, and includes an enrichment focus, health and wellness support, and field trips. Meals and transportation included.
REACH Members can register for classes on our Schedule page.
All youth 11-24 are welcome once they become REACH Members. Click the red Join REACH button to apply!
Programs run M/T/Th/F between 2:30pm-6:30pm and Wed between 1pm-5pm depending on class. Details below.
For details on becoming a Member, session registration, and exploring other services, please contact us at (510) 481-4551 or see our FAQs page.
The Creativity Experience: Visual Arts – Express yourself while learning new art making techniques in visual arts! The Creativity Experience will use paint, drawing, sculpture and crafts to unleash your creative potential! Integrated homework help and emotional support will ensure you’re getting all REACH has to offer!
M/T 3:30pm-5:30pm, Wed 1:30pm-4:30pm
The Creativity Experience: Media Arts – Explore the possibilities of your own imagination, and express yourself with electronic tools! The Creativity Experience will use software and cameras to explore making music, art, memes, animation and more! Unleash your creative potential! Integrated homework help and emotional support will ensure you’re getting all REACH has to offer!!
T/Th/F 3:30pm-5:30pm, Wed 1:30pm-4:30pm
Step Into It (SII) – Join us in Step Into It to learn about and gain job readiness and life skills. Through our newly developed curriculum, you’ll learn how to become an asset rather than a liability in the workforce. You learn about your self-concept, your image of who you are, and skills/strategies on how to become a competent communicator. Overall, you work on developing a strong and positive you!
T/Th 4pm-6pm, Wed 2:30pm-4:30pm
Recreation – Please join us in the LIFT Fitness Center as we participate in fun recreational activities both indoors and out from table tennis to pickleball. Improve your fitness through guided exercise and various sports activities. Make new friends, learn new skills and get healthier doing it!
M/T/Th 3:15pm-5:15pm, W 2:15pm-5pm (Members in afterschool program only) and M/Th 1pm-3pm (Members 16+ only)
Boxing – The Deputy Sheriff’s Activities League (DSAL) provides REACH Members a chance to increase their fitness levels, learn boxing basics, and work their way up to advanced training if desired.
Coaches, mentors, and trainers focus on the fitness and discipline aspects of the sport, and encourage participants that the lessons in the gym and the ring carry over into daily life.
Movement Arts – What’s the Difference between Martial Arts and Dance? In many cultures around the world, the greatest Warriors are also the greatest dancers. Together we will explore fundamental movement styles, including Shaolin Kung Fu, African/Kemetic Martial Science, Tai’Chi, Breathwork, & maybe some TikTok Dances.
How do YOU like to MOVE?!
Come Change your world, by exploring the fundamentals of Self-Defense, Health & Self Care, Affirmations, Goal Setting and Self Transformation. Master your peace and be a “Peace Maker” in the world around you with Sifu Santos and DESTINY ARTS at REACH!
M/T/Th 3:15pm-5:15pm, Wed 1:30pm-3:30pm
Coding Arts – Learn how to code in virtual reality! In this class, you’ll learn how to create objects in a virtual reality world with code. You’ll get to play with Oculus headsets, navigate virtual worlds, and code objects to build your own world.
Alameda County Library at REACH: Drop In Hours – This second space for young people who choose to use it will have board games, a puzzle, an art project, and a person to chat with about books and fake news. Even if someone just needs ten minutes to decompress before going back to their workshop, the Library is here in the Eden Room! Limited to 8 Members at a time. First come, first to chill!
M/T 3:30pm-6:30pm, Wed 1:30pm-4:30pm
Food Labs – Join us in The Bite as we explore new recipes and familiar ones too, sharpening our cooking skills and trying new flavors. Along with training and gaining experience in the kitchen, this paid internship asks that you conduct a group research project aimed at improving the quality of life in our community. Together, we will research what changes can be made to The Bite to create and increase healthy communication and healthy eating in Ashland.
Registration currently closed. Please call to learn more.