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Children and Youth Services

Berkeley is a great place to grow up, with good schools, good neighbors, award-winning parks and lots of places to play, swim, and learn new skills.

But becoming an adult is never easy, and the City and its community partners have many programs and services designed to help children grow up healthy and strong. The City also has a special focus on young people ages 14-25, to help ensure a healthy transition to adulthood.

The following listing is for programs and services that are operated by the City of Berkeley. Please also visit the Berkeley Public Library website for a list of library-based programs for children and teens.

School Partnerships

The City of Berkeley’s Public Health Department partners with the Berkeley Unified School District to provide health services directly to students, including:

If you child is enrolled in a Berkeley public school, you can also access their resources and services for students and families contacting the Office of Family and Community Partnerships. Visit this Berkeley Unified School District list or call Lisa Warhus at (510) 644-8991.

Birth Through Elementary School

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program: WIC is for pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants and children under 5 years of age. You must be a resident of Alameda County and meet the low income requirements.

Black Infant Health: The primary goal of the Berkeley Black Infant Health program is to reduce the number of low birth weight infants born to African American women in Berkeley, and increase their chances for a healthier start in life.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program offers educational, case management and advocacy services. 

Tot Lots are incorporated into many parks across the City. Visit the map of parks or the park list for more information.

The City of Berkeley's Recreation Brochure of Classes, Programs and Activities has detailed information about the City's recreation, aquatic, marina, sports, teen, and inclusion programs.

The Mental Health Division’s Family, Youth and Children’s Services programs include clinical and case management services for issues such as depression, suicide, substance abuse, homeless and transition-age youth program.  We service preschoolers, older children, adolescents and young adults and their families in Berkeley or Albany. Services provided in schools, community settings and clinics.

Teen Programs for Berkeley Residents in Middle and High School

The City of Berkeley's Recreation Brochure of Classes, Programs and Activities has detailed information about the City's recreation, aquatic, marina, sports, teen, and inclusion programs.

Youth Commission: Identifies the needs of youth, reviews and recommends youth services and programs. Members of the 18-member Youth Commission are chosen by the City Council and the School Board. Members must be residents of the city, between the ages of 12-25, and at least half must be junior or high school students.

The Young Adult Project is a resource center for at-risk youth serving Southwest Berkeley. This website will tell you about the features of the M.L.K. Center, classes and programs available, the Berkeley Youth Commission, and information about renting our facilities. 

Teen Programs  offered by Parks and Recreation include The After Spot, Twilight Basketball, and the Leadership Academy.

YouthWorks The City of Berkeley's Youth employment program provides career exploration and work experience for residents 14-25 years of age.

The Vera Casey Teen Parenting Program works to facilitate the well-being and self-sufficiency of teen parents by providing and coordinating comprehensive services supporting a healthy pregnancy, healthy children, and the well-being of the whole family. 

Brothers Supporting Brothas is an intergenerational program designed to provide young African American men with access to positive African American mentors/role models from the community. The six-month program focuses on leadership development skills, community service, "rites of passage," and building support within the African American community. For more information, please call Barbara Ann White at (510) 981-5218.

Youth Services Division – Police Department: The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring the safety, education and welfare of all young people throughout our City. BPD is committed to programs that encourage youth to avoid drugs, gangs, to stay in school and to contribute positively to the community.

The Mental Health Division’s Family, Youth and Children’s Services programs include clinical and case management services for issues such as depression, suicide, substance abuse, homeless and transition-age youth program.  We service preschoolers, older children, adolescents and young adults and their families in Berkeley or Albany. Services provided in schools, community settings and clinics.

Transition-Age Youth: 18-25 years old

YouthWorks The City of Berkeley's Youth employment program provides career exploration and work experience for residents 14-25 years of age.

The Transition to Independence Program provides comprehensive community-based support and clinical services to youth between the ages of 18 and 24. The program works with youth who may be at risk of homelessness, incarceration or institutionalization. Youth may be aging out of residential, treatment, foster care, the juvenile justice system and suffer from severe mental illness or emotional disorders.  This program involves mentor-coaches and focuses on working with youth towards indepenence through an individualized process. For further information, please call 981-5280.

Brothers Supporting Brothas is an intergenerational program designed to provide young African American men with access to positive African American mentors/role models from the community. The six-month program focuses on leadership development skills, community service, "rites of passage," and building support within the African American community. For more information, please call Barbara Ann White at (510) 981-5218.

The Mental Health Division’s Family, Youth and Children’s Services programs include clinical and case management services for issues such as depression, suicide, substance abuse, homeless and transition-age youth program.  We service preschoolers, older children, adolescents and young adults and their families in Berkeley or Albany. Services provided in schools, community settings and clinics.

For more information about the City's Youth Services, please email the City Manager's office at manager@CityofBerkeley.info, and put Youth Services in the subject line.  

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