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Berkeley Youth Alternatives

Who We Are

For 40 years, Berkeley Youth Alternatives has served the children and families of Berkeley by providing comprehensive services in a supportive and bias-free haven. During a period of soaring dropout rates, juvenile crime, drug abuse and family breakdown, Berkeley Youth Alternatives has successfully helped thousands of young people sustain themselves on the difficult journey toward becoming productive and contributing adults.

Berkeley Youth Alternatives has long realized that patterns of delinquency, truancy and school failure often start early. Berkeley Youth Alternatives' strategy is to help young people develop positive habits that will help them succeed in life.

Kevin Williams JD, MPH
Associate Director

What We Do

Berkeley Youth Alternatives is a community based organization. Our vision is to provide a secure and nurturing environment for all the children, youth, and families of our community. We desire to promote, to their fullest potential, the freedom to develop individual skills and visions of the world.

Our mission is to help children, youth, and their families address issues and problems via Prevention by reaching youth before their problems become crises, and via Intervention through the provision of support services to youth entangled in the juvenile justice system. BYA helps to build capacity within individuals to reach their innate potential.

Niculia "Nikki" Williams
Executive Director

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