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The Cubist Revolution: Minecraft For All
NPR Morning Edition, August 2017

Morning Edition aired a segment on how the Collaborative’s Minecraft camp is introducing Richmond kids to 21st Century computer skills. Read more >>


Report: state must adopt guidelines for parent engagement in schools
EdSource, February 2016

In this article, BBK’s Stephanie Sequeira shares her experiences as a parent seeking to meaningfully engage with her local school district. Read more >>


City and school district aim to provide free Wi-Fi to central Richmond
Richmond Confidential, February 2016

Richmond Confidential covers the successes to date, and remaining obstacles, in the Collaborative’s efforts to improve internet service in Richmond. Read more >>


City, school district racing the clock to set up Internet
Contra Costa Times, November 2015

The Times profiles the BBK Collaborative’s role in improving internet options for Richmond residents, including the challenges the Collaborative has faced in lining up internet service for low-income families Read more>>


A Bolder Form of Leadership
LeaderSpring, Summer 2015

Cynthia Chavez and Rebecca Bauen profile how the BBK Collaborative’s Executive Director, Jennifer Lyle, is putting the support and leadership skills she gained as a LeaderSpring fellow to work in serving Richmond families. Read more (PDF) >>


UC Berkeley Public Service Center
January 2015

UC Berkeley Public Service Center profiles BBK’s Chief of Operations, Jennifer B. Lyle, as a community partner with the Public Service Center’s American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program. Read more >>


African-American Baby Shower Supports and Inspires Young Families
May, 2014

Richmond Pulse profiles how the Collaborative’s annual African-American Baby Shower event serves an important population in Central Richmond Read more >>


UC Berkeley American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program
December 2013

In this short video, the UC Berkeley American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program profiles the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative as one of their partners for matching higher education students with community change work that they can support through their research.


Nonprofits Adapt to Demographic Shift
Richmond Pulse, November 2013

As Richmond’s demographics change, local nonprofits are having to change their outreach strategies. Read more>>


Mas fondos para las escuelas de California
Noticiero Univsión, Octubre 2013

Una nueva ley permitirá que las escuelas de bajos recursos en California reciban más fondos monetarios. Más>>


Richmond’s Belly Dance Class Combines Fitness and Culture
Richmond Confidential, September 2013

Sharon Sherman’s hips swayed and jingled, following the lead of her dance instructor. Sherman and fellow student Renee Parker began belly dancing nearly a month ago after Richmond Main Street Initiative launched the free fitness class downtown. Read more >>


Tercer Anual Major Taylor Bike Fiesta (en Español)
Richmond Pulse, June 2013

Cientos de miembros de la comunidad salieron a la tercera anual Major Taylor Bike Fiesta en la primaria Lincoln el 1˚ de junio. Más>>


West County YMCA Receives $150,000 Grant
The Post News Group, June, 2013

West County YMCA has been awarded a $150,000 grant to fund its work in Central Richmond addressing racial disparities in the treatment of chronic disease among African Americans and Latinos. Read more>>


Tap Water Campaign to Promote Health and Sustainability in Richmond
Richmond Confidential, May 2013

The 2009 documentary Tapped, screened at Bridge Art Space on May 2 as part of the Richmond Food Policy Council’s monthly film series, paints a picture of stark contrasts: bottled water is sold at 1,900 times the cost of tap water. Read more>>


Building Blocks for Kids Helps Build Healthy New Habits
Healthy and Active Before Five, April 2013

Building Blocks for Kids (BBK) is training young appetites towards healthy eating by adopting a new nutrition  policy for their Preschool Enrichment Program. Read more>>

Richmond struggles to provide public Internet access, but computers proliferate
Richmond Confidential, Oct. 2011

More than 750 families in the city’s low-income Iron Triangle neighborhood now have computers in their homes thanks to a two-year effort by a coalition of nonprofit agencies working to make broadband Internet access widely available there. Read more>>


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.


As bikes get repaired, Richmond rolls out fixes for city
Article by Julia Landau, HealthyCal.org, Posted June 2, 2011

Most outsiders, when they picture Richmond, do not imagine carousels, sound stages, and residents of the Iron Triangle and Coronado neighborhoods gathering with their kids by the hundreds around bicycles. Read more >>


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 >>