BAHIA Inc. was established in 1975 and has provided for over three decades quality bilingual care and education to many children in the Alameda County. BAHIA’s Mission is to provide families with high quality, nurturing, bilingual learning environments where children grow to become successful lifelong learners. Our Vision is that BAHIA will spread its promising practices in bilingual education, build deeper relationships with powerful partner organizations, attract a broader base of institutional funders, and improve systems on a programmatic and administrative level; this work could not be done without the support and help of our community, our families, and our volunteers.

Isabel Blanco Community Service Award
In the spirit of how our community supports and assists BAHIA in nurturing bilingual learning environment, the Isabel Blanco Community Service Award has been created by her parents and family, Maria Blanco, Daniel Ramirez and Amaya Blanco.  Isabel was a former student of BAHIA’s program and like many before and after her, found themselves returning to our programs a place that friends and memories were made. Isabel volunteered in the summer of 2009 and it was here that we saw how drawn she was to children, community, the culture and practicing her bilingual skills. Isabel was able to connect with our students through her creativeness, art and spoken word. Her family saw how the hours she spent at Bahia added to her creativity and her community service became something that she was proud of. In honor of her memory and to the many students, who like her would like to come back to BAHIA a special scholarship has been created to keep her spirit of mentorship alive and give our alumni the opportunity to serve as mentors for the younger generations.
This award is available thanks to the generosity of Blanco/Ramirez family and in memory of beloved Isabel, who unfortunately left this world sooner than we wanted. Isabel attended both Centro VIDA and Bahia School Age Program and later as a high school graduate volunteered her time at Bahia. We want to share and spread her enthusiasm for volunteering and for the arts through this award. This scholarship/stipend is to encourage our alumni to come back to Bahia and serve as role models for the younger generations.

Mentorship Program
Alumni will be able to interact with the students and serve as role models for them through activities, tutoring, and daily interactions and receive training on working with school age children.

Professional and Leadership Development
Alumni awarded this scholarship will be able to work in the classroom with the students during the summer, assisting the lead teacher, helping with classroom activities, going on field trips with the class, and get hands on experience of how to run and manage a classroom and conduct or assist in an arts workshop with school age children.
We hope that through this internship our alumni find an opportunity to give back to their community and to gain valuable experience in working with children.

Eligibility Requirements
-Must be BAHIA Inc. program Alumni (attended Centro VIDA, Bahia School Age Program, and/or La Academia de Bahia or Academia de Centro VIDA).
- Must commit to volunteering for 30 hours a week for 8 weeks during the summer
- Must be between the ages of 15-21

Essay and Application
To be considered for this scholarship please answer the essay questions and complete the attached application and submit via e-mail to

Essay Question (Maximum of 300 words each) in English or Spanish.

  • Why do you think you would like to work at Bahia School Age Program?
  • Why is community service important to you? Please explain?

Deadline for Applying:  April 30, 2013 
Applicants will be notified by May 24, 2013







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Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation 501(c)3. BAHIA primarily serves low-income Hispanic families in Northern Alameda County.

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BAHIA Inc. is funded by the California State Department of Education Child Development Division, City of Berkeley, First Five of Alameda County, Child and Adult Care Food Program, tuition and generous funding from local foundations.