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Partners of the Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative include:


Funders of the Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative include:

  • America’s Promise
  • California Emerging Technology Fund
  • California Foundation for Stronger Communities
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • City of Richmond
  • Connected Camps
  • Contra Costa County Mental Health Services Administration
  • Contra Costa Health Services
  • Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Fullerton Family Foundation
  • George Miller Fund for Youth
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Richmond Community Foundation
  • Sims Metal
  • Susan and Harvey Wittenberg
  • The California Endowment
  • The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • The Schroeder Family Fund
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • United Way of the Bay Area
  • West Contra Costa School District
  • Y&H Soda Foundation

Steering Committee

Richard Bell, Committee Chair

Richard has had a decades long career of both public service and activism.  The majority of his work life has been in the field of Child Welfare, promoting family engagement and support. Since the 1960s, he has been involved in the movement for social justice in it’s many iterations. Richard received his Bachelor of Science from Towson State University in Baltimore and his Master of Social Work from San Francisco State University.

Yas Ahmed

For seventeen years Yas Ahmed has worked as an organizer, trainer, program manager and grant-maker, supporting community change strategies ranging from harm reduction to youth development. Yas brings an intersectional analysis that centers the experiences of those most impacted by systemic inequities, i.e. nothing about us, without us. As a steering committee member with BBK Richmond Collaborative, Yas is honored to support work that embodies this principle, and that invests in the expertise and leadership of Black and Latinx mothers.

Currently, Yas manages the institutional giving for a national nonprofit dedicated to racial, economic and reproductive justice, and is active in LGBTQ and faith-based communities. Yas pursued sociology and gender studies at Antioch College as an undergraduate student, and holds a paralegal certificate from the City University of New York.

Nicole Valentino