Recent media coverage of the Collaborative and our work.
Richmond Welcomes Stephanie Stevens
Richmond Pulse, Sept. 2012
Richmond Pulse interviews Stephanie Stevens, the Collaborative’s new Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy. Read more (PDF) >>
Bay Area African-Americans Examine ‘State of the Race’
KQED Radio 88.5FM, Oct. 2011
Collaborative Chief of Operations, Jennifer B. Lyle speaks on a guest panel on the KQED radio program, Forum, to discuss the current state of affairs for African-Americans in the Bay Area.
Collaborative Chief of Operations, Jennifer B. Lyle, talks about changes in Richmond as the community welcomes the new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus.
Richmond organizations whip up bicycle fever with two-day event
Article by Christopher Connelly, Richmond Confidential, Posted May 16, 2011
Richmond’s Lincoln Elementary School playground and parking lot were turned into a Bike Fiesta Saturday, with scores of neighborhood bike riders and dozens of bicycling enthusiasts from throughout the city coming out to celebrate cycling. It was mild mayhem as bike-riding youngsters careened, sometimes on wobbly wheels, around the school grounds dodging bystanders and each other. Read more >>
Fixing the Cycle in Richmond
Richmond Pulse, May 5, 2011
Richmond, CA – On May 13th and 14th, 2011, Fix the Cycle: a collaboration between members of the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, the City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services, LEAP, Richmond Police Department, and Richmond Spokes, will sponsor two days of events dedicated to Major Taylor’s Legacy. Read more >>
Dental Day in the Iron Triangle
Group donates computers to families in Richmond
RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) — Internet access is spreading in one of the Bay Area’s toughest neighborhoods. A program is handing out computers to some families there to improve education and health and reduce violence.
Quietly over the past year, Wi-Fi antennas have been popping up on some rooftops in Richmond’s infamous Iron Triangle. Read more >>
Free Wi-Fi Internet connection to reach Iron Triangle residents
Article by Ashley Hopkinson, Richmond Confidential, Posted February 2, 2011
Residents living in Richmond’s Iron Triangle Neighborhood will have access to free Internet from four to five Wi-Fi locations within the next year.
The effort is part of a two-year $500,000 grant through the California Emerging Technology Fund, via Building Blocks for Kids (BBK), a cooperative of more than 30 organisations dedicated to the advancement of families in Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood. Read more >>
Iron Triangle parents get free computers
Article by Emily Bender, Richmond Confidential, September 29, 2010
Five middle-aged Latino adults are gathered in the modest computer lab at the Nevin Community Center in Richmond on a Monday morning. As they concentrate on their assignment, retyping an article from The New Yorker, the room is quiet save for the hesitant tapping of computer keys. One woman leans forward intently, her eyes moving between screen and keyboard as she focuses on finding the right key. Read more >>
Fighting generational poverty in Richmond’s Iron Triangle
Article by Rina Palta, Crosscurrents KALW News 7/29/10
A new federal program called Promise Neighborhoods has economically disadvantaged communities all over the Bay Area scrambling to be included. This year, the program is giving out $500,000 awards to organizations in neighborhoods around the country that struggle with low educational achievement, violence and other effects of poverty. The grant recipients will spend the next year figuring out a long-term plan for providing children in a small geographical zone a continuum of services, from birth through high school graduation. And next year, participants will become eligible for $5 million to implement their ideas. Read more >>