Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) was established in 1998 in a single elementary school in San Francisco. Over time we expanded our scope to multiple Bay Area schools throughout San Francisco, Oakland Berkeley and Redwood City. Our mission is to engage older adults as tutors and mentors in order to increase literacy skills of children in grades K-3. Through this generational exchange, children succeed, older adults thrive, and Bay Area communities are made stronger – a triple-win.
ECBA volunteers and staff have been recognized by numerous community groups for their track record of excellence in literacy intervention for children. The following are some of our commendations:
- June 2014, ECBA honored to be a finalist for the San Francisco Volunteer Center’s “Volunteer Choice Award”.
- May 2014, ECBA honored with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congresswoman Barbara Lee for inspiring and education students throughout Oakland and Berkeley.
- September 2013, ECBA honored as a “Top Rated Nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits for the second year in a row.
- June 2013, ECBA honored by the Oakland Unified School District with the “Partner Organization of the Year Award”.
- May 2013, ECBA honored to be a finalist for the San Francisco Volunteer Center’s “Volunteer Choice Award”.
- May 2013, ECBA awarded Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Supervisor London Breed for leading positive changes in our community.
- November 2012, Experience Corps Bay Area and AARP Experience Corps awarded Eisner Foundation Prize for Intergenerational Excellence – for uniting seniors and youth in bringing about positive, lasting changes in their communities.
- October 2012, ECBA volunteer, Bob Chan, recognized for his commitment to Bay Area youth with the Real Options for City Kids (ROCK) Do Good Challenge award.
- September 2012, ECBA honored as a “Top Rated Nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits.
- May 2012, ECBA honored for exemplary service and immeasurable contributions to the advancement of the community in a California State Assembly Resolution from Assembly Member Tom Ammiano.
- May 2012, ECBA awarded Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Assessor and Recorder Phil Ting – in recognition of its contribution to Bay Area schools.
- May 2012, ECBA commended for the effectiveness of its innovative intergenerational approach – in Certificate of Recognition from California State Senator, Mark Leno.
- August 2011, ECBA awarded Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Supervisor, Ross Mirkarimi – for its distinguished track record and impact, contributing to higher student test scores.
- May 2011, ECBA given official recognition and thanks from Barbara Lee, Congresswoman, CA 9th Congressional District for remarkable contributions to local students and the surrounding community.
- April 2010, ECBA honored by Volunteer Center of San Francisco and San Mateo with Excellence in Non-Profit Volunteer Management Award.
- February 2010, ECBA volunteer, Raul Castenada, honored as California Senior Leader, by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
- May 2008, ECBA praised in Proclamation from San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom – for leading the field in developing volunteer leadership roles that promote lifelong learning, maximize impact, and provide a deep sense of purpose.
- May 2008, ECBA awarded Certificate of Recognition from California Assemblymember, Fiona Ma, District 12 – for exemplary leadership, relationship building, and community involvement.
- May, 2006, ECBA volunteer, Virginia Ganzon Sturwold, presented national Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush – the highest honor given to citizens who have contributed their time and talents to those in need.
- March 2005, awarded Certificate of Recognition from California Assemblyman, Mark Leno, for commitment to providing youth with the opportunity to iteract with remarkable mentors.
- March 2005, ECBA volunteer, Tess Manalo-Ventresca, presented: California Woman of the Year Award, by the California State Assembly; National Older Volunteers Enrich America Silver Honoree Award, by MetLife Foundation & the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Asian Pacific American Local Hero Award, by KQED & Kaiser Permanente.
- August 2004, ECBA volunteers awarded Certificate of Recognition from CA Assemblyman, Leland Yee, District 12.
- August 2004 & 2003, ECBA presented Certificate of Recognition from California Assemblyman, Mark Leno, District 13 – for providing opportunities for youth and adults to form long-lasting relationships.
- August 2004 & 2003, ECBA awarded Certificate of Recognition from California State Senator, Jackie Speier, District 8.
- August 2002, ECBA celebrated for its service to San Francisco’s children and youth – in Certificate of Recognition from California State Senator, John Burton.
- August 2001, ECBA commended in a Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Mayor, Willie Brown – for its innovative volunteer program, and making San Francisco schools more personal for all students by providing students with meaningful relationships with caring adults.