January 10, 2004

"The first thing that was clear was that young people wanted to feel safe here in their home, in their neighborhoods, in their schools and feel like they didnai??i??t have to grow up too fast. And the other thing that iai??i??ve heard sort of consistently through the years is that young people wanted to have the opportunity to be kids..." -Seth Kaplan, Fund Development Director, REACH Ashland Youth Center / Chief of Staff to Supervisor Miley, 2005 ai??i?? 2012


ai???There is a sizable, sort of Norteno Soreno gang issue in Ashland Cherryland and in Hayward extending up into San Leandro. There are in that East 14th corridor thereai??i??s a fair amount of robberies and youth robberies occurring in that area. So yeah, thereai??i??s a significant amount of youth crime that occurs and often times that occurs between three and six in the afternoon when kids are leaving school and kids are walking home so thereai??i??s not only kids who might victimize other kids, but the victims." - Marty Neideffer, Lieutenant, Alameda County Sherriffai??i??s Office


"The Ashland and neighboring communities are being affected by some very pressing health and social issues. For example, we have some of the highest diabetes mortality rates, the highest teen birth rates, the highest unemployment rates in the whole county." - Pedro Naranjo, Executive Director, REACH Ashland Youth Center


ai???Some of the biggest complaints and concerns that I heard from the young people was, ai???Thereai??i??s nothing to do, thereai??i??s nowhere to escape the gangs and the violence and the drugs and we need this.ai??i??' - Eileen DaltonAi??Director, Alameda County Redevelopment Agency


"People not having a place to go. Families just not having enough resources. Girls being slightly confused and men just not knowing how to be men. I see that everywhere. We have a lot of juvenile hall kids. We have a lot of kids that want to go to school but donai??i??t know how to." - Janee Smith, Original Youth Advocate