Alternatives in Action

Alternatives in Action
Founded: 1994

To inspire youth in the Bay Area to realize their leadership potential and prepare them for college, career, and an active community life.

About the Organization:
Imagining a world in which generations of young adults take action to transform their lives and communities, Alternatives in Action offers youth in the Bay Area and their families a broad range of afterschool programming and school-linked services. In 1996, together with eighteen high school students, the organization's founders launched the Home Project (now called Community Programs), which put youth at the center of activities — both during and after school — and helped prepare them for college, careers, and roles as community leaders. Over the years, the organization has engaged hundreds of youth and adult volunteers in annual youth conferences, started a youth employment agency and a drop-in childcare program, sponsored a violence- and drug-free nightclub event, and built an outdoor skate park. Since 2001, it also has operated a preschool and a charter high school.

Current Programs:
Alternatives in Action High School (formerly the Bay Area School of Enterprise), the first youth-initiated charter high school in the nation, offers small classes, project-based teaching, social-action projects and community engagement, a college prep curriculum as well as certificate training, and counseling. Home Sweet Home Preschool, which operates in partnership with students enrolled in an intensive, hands-on training program in child development, offers year-round early childhood care and education. The organization also partners with area schools through its Community Programs and is the lead agency for collaborative programming at Life Academy in Oakland, where it has helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy around academic intervention, enrichment, and parental involvement, as well as at McClymonds High School, a public high school in Oakland, and Fremont High School. In addition, the organization's Project YouthView showcases short films produced by young people at the annual Bay Area Youth Film Festival, giving young event coordinators and filmmakers an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership, share their creativity, and present their solutions to a range of social issues.

Web Site:
Visitors to the site can learn more about the organization's programs, including what student life is like at Alternatives in Action High School; the organization's preschool curriculum; and how to get involved. Supporters and potential supporters also can donate online to the organization's general fund.

Alternatives in Action receives support from foundations, corporations, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and state, local and federal government.

Contact: Ali Medina, Deputy Director
3666 Grand Avenue, Suite A
Oakland, CA 94610