Be the Change! Make a difference in the lives of youth.

"Service is a spark to rekindle the spirit of democracy in an age of uncertainty. When it is all said and done, it comes down to three simple questions: What is right? What is wrong? And what are we going to do about it?” --Bill Clinton, swearing in the first class of AmeriCorps Members in 1994.

Each year, BAYAC AmeriCorps Members commit to a full-time year of service in the San Francisco Bay Area's most high need communities, providing one-on-one academic support, leading workshops, teaching classes, or providing consistent support to youth in other ways.

People are drawn to BAYAC AmeriCorps for different reasons. Some Members grew up with youth development programs and want to share that experience with a new generation of youth. Some want to explore a career in youth services while receiving targeted professional development. Many are from the communities in which we serve, while others are looking to make a home in the Bay Area. All of them apply because they are dedicated to change.

BAYAC AmeriCorps Members are placed at partnering schools and community based organizations that provide youth with opportunities for meaningful engagement, skill building, and emotional and social development. (Positions vary based on placement site.) For some of our youth, our Members are the main adult and role model in their lives.


Many of the children and youth we work with are deeply impacted by the stressors and obstacles presented by poverty, disadvantaged neighborhoods and under-resourced schools.


BAYAC AmeriCorps Members are an essential component in expanding our partners' capacity to meet the critical needs of our youth and community. Collectively, our Members will reach over 3,000 youth by the end of their term.

Strong connections between adults and youth in youth development programs have a proven long-term impact in helping young people avoid risky behaviors, graduate from high school, and stay out of contact with the justice system.

85% of our high-risk kids improve in the youth development skills shown to increase school success— i.e., the ability to connect with positive peers and adults, to be productive, and to navigate their environment effectively (statistic from BAYAC progress report data).