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Supporting Our Youth

2007-0313-078 DEAR Day Mayor Bates is a firm believer that education is not a job for just the School District - it is the responsibility of the community as a whole. Success in schools is directly correlated to child and family health and overall well-being.

The City of Berkeley spends more than $8 million dollars a year for youth services, of which nearly $2 million goes to community-based agencies.


Youth Employment 


Teen Programs

Berkeley High Jacket Wins Prestigious Honor

April 2010

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has awarded the Berkeley High Jacket Online its highest honor in high school journalism - The Gold Crown Award.
Along with the websites of ten other high school publications from across the country, the Jacket received a High School Online Gold Crown. Entries were evaluated at Columbia University this February by a panel of judges. Gold Crowns have been awarded to middle and high school newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks since 1982. This year's competition drew applications from more than 1,558 publications.


YMCA Teen Center Breaks Ground

Teen Center

February 2010

Congrats to the new YMCA Teen Center at 2111 MLK Jr Way. Once completed, this LEED certified (proposed) center will be fantastic for our Berkeley youth. Read more here:

Another Success for Project BUILD

Project Build 2009

June 28, 2009

We created this program in 2004 to provide low-income children with the opportunity to read, learn, and be active over the summer.  Here I am this summer at James Kenney Park where we handed out over 300 books.

Mayor Bates Kicks-Off 5th Annual Reading and Health Program for 1,000 Low-Income Berkeley Kids
June 26, 2008

Project Build 2008

“Project BUILD is a wonderful program that provides nearly 1,000 low-income children with the opportunity to read, learn, and be active over the summer,” said Mayor Tom Bates, who created the program in 2004. “We are helping these kids maintain their literacy skills at a time when they are most at risk, while also promoting healthy eating and exercise habits.” 

More about Project BUILD

City of Berkeley and Berkeley Unified School District Join Forces to Eliminate the Achievement Gap

June 25, 2008

“Success in school is not the sole responsibility of the School District – it is all of our responsibility. Kids are in their homes and the community
more hours a day than they are in school”, said Mayor Tom Bates. “The disparity in educational outcomes between African American and Latino Students and their White and Asian peers cannot be tolerated in our community. We want all of our youth to graduate high school with a high quality education and clear pathways to college and/or careers.” 

 Mayor Tom Bates speaks to Business Boot Camp at BCC, June 14, 2008
Mayor Tom Bates speaks to Business Boot Camp at Berkeley City College, June 14, 2008.

Camp Listings

Summer Camps  - The City of Berkeley Camps are located in some of California’s most beautiful locations. Our programs reflect the richness of the people in our communities and a sense of history and traditions. Over the years, our camps have woven a tapestry than reflects our strong commitment to providing youth and families with life-long memories. [more...]

Summer Camp Registration - Camps programs registration information [more...]

Berkeley Day Camp and Teen Camp - We are committed to the concept that two of the most important developmental advantages we can provide for our campers are "roots" and "wings". "Roots" connect campers to our rich camp history, tradition provides stability, and friendship connects us to each other. "Wings" are for seeking the horizons and challenges that become the landscapes for happy and healthy children.  Berkeley Day Camp encourages children to explore their roots and spread their wings! [more...]

Echo Lake Camp - The sunrise over Freel Peak, the valley below, rugged red firs and starry nights form the backdrop of this Sierra getaway. The alpine air is crisp and pure.  The Red Firs, Whitebark Pines, Alders and Wildflowers form a colorful background. Wake up to the sounds of birds and fall asleep to the hooting of owls and chirping of crickets. Take a walk down to Echo Lake and feel the rejuvenation of the cool Sierra water. [more...]

Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp - undefined undefined undefined [more...]

Counselor in Training Program - [more...]

Employment - Employment opprotunities and information [more...]

Camperships - Campership Application (pdf) [more...]

Facility Rental  - Information regarding facilities available for rent. [more...]


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