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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Religion, Youth Development Programs

Mission: BCM, founded in 1984, has been providing services for inner-city youth of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park for 23 years. Our mission is to give youth in grades 1-12 an opportunity to live productive lives through academic tutoring, mentoring, leadership training, job skills, college preparation, community service and spiritual development. We have daily tutoring for youth of all ages, weekly spiritual programs and currently have a number of college scholarship recipients attending schools around the nation.

Target demographics: the youth of East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park

Programs: KidSmart and StreetWorkz, for grades 1-5 and 6-8 respectively, are BCM's school-year programs providing individualized daily academic enrichment, homework help, tutoring, and educational workshops. Create Academy is a 4 week summer STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math) program for 5th-8th graders. Teachers, interns, and local volunteers help us teach and inspire students in STEAM subjects. Bible Clubs are weekly gatherings of Bible teaching and activities, building relationships between kids and club leaders, and teaching life skills. StreetWorkz is a weekly gathering for middle school students to grow spiritually and to discuss relevant teen issues. Scholarships. BCM participants who graduate from high school are eligible to apply for an award towards their college education. Each following year, they can renew their award if they maintain their academic excellence.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I've been involved at Bayshore Christian Ministries for a little over a year, but I'm still a baby compared to everyone else (just see the rest of the reviews)! It's clear to me now that through BCM God opens your eyes and gives you a heart for the kids of East Palo Alto, making it difficult to turn away. Through BCM's weekly Bible studies, I've seen God work in real ways in these kid's lives. I've come to see the harshness of the environment they live in where other kids are in gangs, their parents are in prison, and they feel destined to follow the same path. It makes it painfully clear that BCM provides true hope by showing them that God has a bigger plan for their life. These kids struggle with the tough questions, and they challenge me in turn to provide answers. At the end of the day, I'm blessed to serve these kids and a God who strengthens my faith.


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Rating: 5

I have been involved with Bayshore Christian Ministries for the past 9 years in a variety of capacities. God is clearly at work in this organization. I have seen students grow both academically and spiritually: I have seen students discover God's love for the first time. I have been the first one to tell a student that he/she has the potential to go to college. I have witnessed students being the first person from their family to graduate from high school. I have seen students advance 2 grade levels in our summer program. I have seen college students transformed through our summer internship. I have seen the joy on students faces after recording their own music CD. I have seen high school students transformed through receiving their first paycheck. I have seen many of our alumni come back to serve with the organization. I have heard students pray passionately for their families and friends. Besides seeing the youth and the community impacted, I know that I have changed and grown significantly through my involvement with BCM. God has opened my eyes and my heart and allowed me to see more of his kingdowm through BCM.



Rating: 5

I have been involved with tutoring at BCM since I retired in 1992, and I have seen little kids grow up, go to college, get jobs and come back to tutor other kids. The students in East Palo Alto have many academic problems, and the BCM tutoring program provides great help to those kids. Many have little help at home, or from their peers at school, so having caring tutors is a big help to them.



Rating: 5

I have volunteered at BCM for the last 4 years with the elementary school kids. Working with the kids, getting to know them, and seeing them improve academically makes my time there worthwhile. I'm always smiling when I walk out of the building after tutoring. BCM has made a tremendous impact in the East Palo Alto community. The staff has a heart for the youth they serve.. This is an organization that is always looking to better serve the needs of their community. I wish we had more volunteers so we could serve more kids.



Rating: 4

I have volunteered with BCM for 2 years, I love being with the junior highers, they are the highlight of my week.