Alameda, California

 

Overview

A second-time 100 Best Communities for Young People winner, Alameda has shown its commitment to enhancing youth education by increasing its investment and resources in education, programs and facilities for young people. Among its many programs are Let’s Move Alameda, which helps combat childhood obesity by encouraging young people to participate in six weeks of exercise throughout the summer. Another program, the Alameda Science and Technology Institute, helps prepare students to enter college ready for an advanced curriculum. Additionally, Alameda promotes open dialogue sessions between youth and the police chief through Youth Speaks! Residents also joined together to build a youth clubhouse in an underserved area, which will offer music classes, multimedia arts, and dental and medical clinics to local youth and their families.

Community Programs

  • Let’s Move Alameda helps combat childhood obesity by encouraging young people to participate in six weeks of exercise throughout the 2011 summer.
  • The Alameda Science and Technology Institute helps prepare students enter college ready for the advanced curriculum. The high school, which is located on the campus of College of Alameda, offers students the academic comprehension and maturity that they need to enroll in college while in high school.
  • Teen ‘Zine: Out Loud - Thoughts of a Teenage Mind is a literary magazine written, promoted, produced and distributed by young people who distribute 2,500 copies annually. The program was expended this year to include a blog.
  • Youth Speaks! offers open dialogue sessions between Alameda youth and the police chief  that are held quarterly to foster increased responsiveness to youth needs.
  • A new Alameda Boys and Girls Club opened this year to promote Alameda’s educational initiative.
  • Residents joined together to build a youth clubhouse in a needy area, which will offer music classes, multimedia arts, and dental and medical clinics as well as serving as sports teams’ offices.

Youth Voices

After moving to Alameda, we felt a sense of camaraderie and community, even though we did not know much English.

—Joan and Jill 

A source of leadership training for me has been the Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts has given me direction, allowed me to pursue high adventure in California’s wilderness and built lifelong relationships.

—Anonymous