ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
When young people thrive, communities thrive.
Youth development is a critical strategy for supporting adolescent health and academic success. We support youth development programs that create places of safety, belonging, and possibility for young people in school-based and school-linked settings.
REACH Ashland Youth Center
We directly operate the REACH Ashland Youth Center, which serves youth ages 11 to 24 who live in Alameda County, with a focus on youth in the Ashland/Cherryland unincorporated area. REACH services include a health and dental clinic, child development center, library, dance studio, digital media arts center, computer lab, gym, and a career development and employment center. Youth leadership and advocacy was critical to REACH’s development. Learn more...
Youth and Family Opportunity Initiative
We support a network of community-based organizations and school districts, as part of a Youth and Family Opportunity (YFO) Initiative. The countywide YFO Initiative strengthens the capacity of “anchor” community-based organizations to provide a continuum of integrated, high quality, and accessible school-linked health and wellness supports to youth and families experiencing poor health and educational outcomes. Over 15,000 youth and adults are served annually through our YFO Initiative. Our current partners include:
Health Careers Pipeline Project
The Center is expanding its role to prepare students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to enter higher education and/or careers in the health field. This exciting effort includes work-based learning opportunities, curriculum design, and systems change within the schools and government. Project partners include OUSD, Alameda Health System, #YesWeCode, and four Alameda County Health Care Services Agency departments: Emergency Medical Services, Human Resources, the Center, and the Fund Development Office. Learn more...
Latino Men and Boys Program
Statistics show that Alameda County’s young Latino men and boys are lacking male mentorship and role models at home and in the classroom. In 2011, the Center supported the Unity Council’s Latino Men and Boys Program by investing its service model on male mentorship to improve health and academic achievement results for Latino boys at three schools in Oakland. The program has since expanded, and its goal is to increase high school graduation for Latino boys by connecting them to positive male role models and culturally relevant activities. Learn more...