• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.
Jorge Peraza, a college graduate who has been both a BCM participant and intern, expressed his appreciation for the organization.
“BCM opportunities allowed me to expand my social capital and cultivate in-demand skills,” he said. “I gained my first professional work experience at BCM and developed new skills like emceeing and public speaking. … (BCM’s) work is a true testament (to its) mission statement to ‘equip youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders.’”
• 2019 update: BCM celebrated its 35th anniversary this fall. The community may have changed over the past three-plus decades, but the vision for BCM has not. The nonprofit organization continues to build relationships with East Palo Alto youth and their families; recruit and train scores of volunteers to tutor and mentor students; and provide the space, curriculum and operational support for holistic growth to occur.
Licensed mental health experts trained BCM staff and volunteers this year, with a goal of incorporating additional mental health support in its teen programs. BCM also hosted a fourth Vacation Bible School site, offered a high school workshop aimed at seeding a future competitive robotics team, began a late-night study-space pilot program to support local college students and presented a Social Justice workshop series at four church partners.
In cooperation with the nonprofit Canopy, BCM undertook a tree-planting project that revitalized an empty lot adjacent to its headquarters. The end result was the transformation of the lot into a natural, tree-filled area leveled for future development.
• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: In the coming year, BCM will extend the mental health education offered to its staff and volunteers and expand its community Bible clubs and STEAM activities for grades 1-12. Leaders also hope to see the newly leveled and tree-planted field filled with grass, a basketball court, a barbecue area for youth events and new play areas.
Bayshore Christian Ministries
Location: 1001 Beech St., East Palo Alto
Annual budget: $1.225 million
Staff: 24 full- and part-time employees; 307 volunteers