Berkeley Youth Alternative (BYA)

Berkeley Youth Alternative (BYA)


Target Group: All ages.

Objectives: BYA’s vision is to provide a secure and nurturing environment for all the children, youth, and families of our community. BYA desires to promote, to their fullest potential, the freedom to develop individual skills and visions of the world. Their mission is to help children, youth, and their families address issues and problems via Prevention by reaching youth before their problems become crisis, and via Intervention through the provision of support services to youth entangled in the juvenile justice system. BYA helps to build capacity within individuals to reach their innate potential. The ultimate goal of the health program is to get more minority youth into health care professions, to give back to their communities. BYA tries to broaden their students understanding of health through introductions to the different dimensions of health beyond physical such as spiritual, emotional and mental dimensions.

Programs & Services:

Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA) focuses on three core areas:

  • Academic achievement
  • Health status
  • Economic self-sufficiency.

Ongoing programs include Afterschool Center, Career Development, Counseling Center, Health & Environment, Teen Center, Summer Jam, and Sports & Fitness

Duration: Year-round

Stipend: Varies based on internship

Contact: 510-845-9010



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