Community Partners

We believe it takes a community of people to care for and raise healthy children.
All of our program collaborate with community agencies to augment the development and education of the children and parents we work with.

The following are some of the organizations that collaborate with us to enhance the services we provide children and their families.

Berkeley Mental Health.Berkeley Mental Health Department:offers family workshops in Spanish on topics like stress, communication and raising young children.

Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD):provides our students with tutors to support children's literacy. Additionally, this program provides guidance and shares best practices with our teachers on the latest techniques to strenghten children's reading skills in line with the 2020 VISION of the Berkeley Unified School District and City of Berkeley, that all children by 3rd grade will be at reading level.

Farmer's Market.Farmer's Market: A Farmer's Market is held weekly outside Bahia School Age Program by Farm Fresh Choice, a project of the Ecology Center in Berkeley, which offers fresh produce and nutritional workshops for parents and the community.

TeamUp for Youth.Team Up for Youth: Tennis & Basketball Plus/Bahia School Age Program participates in this sports program established to help which helps school-age children develop key life skills including concentration, cooperation, imagination, relaxation, and self-esteem, while learning basic tennis strokes and basketball skills.


First Five of Alameda County: With funds from California's Proposition 10 tobacco tax First Five supports health, development and well-being of children through their first five years. A nine member volunteer Commission oversees First 5 Alameda County and programs
funded through F5. La Academia de Centro VIDA in Fremont is a F5 funded program. Thank youFirst Five of Alameda County! In 2011-12 over 40 children are annually served throughourSaturday Bilingualprogram. Academia de Centro VIDA is the onlySpanish bilingual program in Southern Alameda County.  And through FirstFive child care facilities fund and the Low Income Investment Fund, BAHIA was able tosecure funding for the repairs and renovations of Centro VIDA in 2011-2013 for $100,000.

Latino Community Foundation.The Latino Community Foundation: To support parent education and training through bilingual parenting workshops to BAHIA Inc. programs. Over 100 parent workshops were planned and provided in Fiscal Year 2011-12 in which over 100 families will participate.

Verizon Foundation.Verizon Foundation: Verizon funded the School Agers Learning through Tutoring and Dramatic Arts (SALTDA), a special project to promote the dramatic arts through afternoon workshops. Funding will support school age children having access to discover their inner selves, gain and sustain focus and develop self-esteem as they see their collective work turn into creative accomplishments.

EnergizeEnergize for the Prize: BAHIA Inc. fundraiser that raises money for Alameda County schools and programs like BAHIA through promotion of Energy Upgrade California, a statewide rebate program for home energy efficiency projects. Last year, Energize for the Prize raised $5,700 with BAHIA and $18,000 total. This year, Energize wants to raise $50,000 for local schools and programs like BAHIA! Help us raise another $5,700 or more!!

Bahia Energize.

First Prize - $5,700
EnergyWinnerBay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement

"We are excited about being this year's Energize for the Prize winner because it encourages us to keep on saving energy, recycling, composting, and taking important actions to reduce our school's carbon footprint. BAHIA is truly energized by this award and we will use the funds to provide educational materials and supplies for all of our 11 classrooms." – Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, BAHIA Executive Director

Pictured left to right: Berkeley City Councilmember and Stopwaste.Org Board Member Gordon Wozniak, City of Berkeley Office of Energy and Sustainable Development Outreach Specialist Marna Schwartz, BAHIA Executive Director Beatriz Leyva-Cutler

1000 Camelia Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 525-1463 (main)
(510) 524-1317 (fax)

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Executive Director

You can make a difference…click here

Donate and make a difference:

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.

And don't forget to be our friend on FACEBOOK! Type in Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement


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.