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We call on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to forego action on the possible transfer of operations lead for the REACH Ashland Youth Center at this time, and respectfully request that a robust (6 months +) and inclusive decision-making process be completed that involves input and consideration of REACH’s key stakeholders, particularly youth, young adults, and families who are resident in Ashland and Cherryland and served by REACH.
In December 2017, Alameda County District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley sent an email to some constituents stating: “Effective July 2018, Alameda County will change the lead operator for REACH from HCSA to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.”
Community stakeholders input to the decision-making process is slated to begin at the Unincorporated Services Meeting, March 28, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the San Lorenzo Public Library and commence for approximately 1 month.
The youth and young adults (ages 11-24) living in the Ashland and Cherryland areas served by REACH have not yet been consulted about the proposed transfer. Some are adamantly opposed to it. Several key stakeholder groups have several questions about the proposal. Some of the reasons for the proposed change in lead operators have yet to be disclosed to the public. If an effort has been made to invite and consider other managers, the public is unaware.
Unless time is allotted for a robust decision-making process to be designed and conducted, REACH could suffer a reduction in membership and program participation, alienate current and potential institutional partners and vendors, and damage the neighborly relationships that residents and partners have worked long and hard to create.
The REACH Ashland Youth Center was built with public funds and opened in 2013 with the mission of creating a culture of safety, belonging, equity and happiness for youth and young adults, particularly those resident in the Ashland and Cherryland neighborhoods of Unincorporated South Alameda County, California.
The AC Health Care Services Agency has served as the operations lead since REACH opened. County and Program Partner staffs are on-site to provide program electives and integrated support services, including recreation (DSAL & HARD), Education (SLZUSD), Arts & Creativity (ACBOE), Youth Employment (YEP & Soulciety), Counseling (HCSA), Wellness Center (La Clinica de la Raza), Library Services (ACL), Early Childhood Development Center (Kidango), and Café (outside vendor).
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