The Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau was created in 1984, by a group of concerned citizens that formed a grassroots movement to address the systemic causes of violence plaguing West Contra Costa County communities. By 1985 that movement, along with $90,000 in initial funding, gave birth to the formerly known West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau (the Bureau): a family-centered nonprofit service agency providing quality programs to aid eligible children, youth, and families. The Bureau consolidated services independently offered by the West County Unified School District, the County Probation Department, municipal and county law enforcement agencies, and local community-based organizations.
By coordinating the efforts of these agencies, the Bureau developed an innovative Wraparound Process that has been widely acclaimed as the most effective way to address the needs of Medi-Cal eligible children and families in crisis. The process entails assessing community consensus, setting collective priorities, and addressing needs by integrating existing services. The Bureau also promotes a team-based Best Practices Model which urges participation from those important in the child and family’s life. Supported by the Bureau’s belief that clients are “asset laden” as opposed to “deficit burdened,” each client’s goal is to achieve success within their family, in school and in the larger community. In just over 35 years, the Bureau has leveraged its unique process, model ad client successes to grow into a 4.4 million organization with 45 staff members, 3 sites and more than 70 collaborative partners. Under the leadership of Kimberly Cantanzano, Executive Director and a dedicated 9-member Board of Directors, the Bureau fills an important leadership void by improving the coordination of services to children, youth, and families, who are grappling with a variety of disadvantages. The Bureau empowers families to overcome difficult challenges that many cannot handle themselves while cultivating inter-agency collaboration and providing a seamless range of services.
The Bureau works in collaboration with other agencies to provide the following services across a wide spectrum of needs from aiding children with mental health disabilities to helping youth who are transitioning out of probation and foster care:
Individual, Group, and family Counseling
Respite Services for Caregivers
Referrals to Other Agencies/Services
For more information on CCYSB programs go to: wccysb.org/programs
Across all services and programs, the Bureau’s staff is spearheaded by Mrs. Cantazano and a 12-member Management Team including administrative and program leaders that goes above and beyond the call of duty to build trust, treat clients with dignity and respect and collaboratively create positive solutions. This level of care has allowed the Bureau to become part of each client’s extended family garnering close connections and a strong reputation, especially in Contra Costa County.
CCYSB is Richmond’s leading youth advocate
For over 30 years, we’ve established meaningful community partnerships to serve the many needs of local children, teenagers, and young adults.
Preventing Duplicate Services
Over time, CCYSB has become renowned for helping Richmond youth become more self-sufficient and independent.
Our goal is to simplify access to youth services.
CCYSB is Richmond’s leading youth advocate
- Children with mental health disabilities
- Youth transitioning out of probation
- Low-income youth
CCYSB Best Practices Model
Mental and Physical Wellness: We provide the resources to help youth achieve health and wellbeing at home.
Youth Success: We empower youth to achieve their educational goals.
Community Building: We help youth adjust to their family, school, and the greater community through mentorship and engagement activities.
Richmond Rotary partnered with Orinda Rotary to sponsor a 10 week after school Book Club. Two classes of 3rd graders focused on sharpening their reading skills. Thanks to Orinda Rotary Club member Ken Jew who created the program and Orinda President Rodney Lal for attending the end of Program Celebration today. Also thanks to Richmond Rotarians Tamara Shiloh and Yenny Garcia for also attending. Peres teachers Justine Fell and Susan Zec ran the program with help from Principal Christy Titong Chen. Thanks to the students for sharing with us the story they read “Adelita” A Mexican Cinderella Story.
-CCYSB is a member of the Richmond Rotary Club and participates in various community activities.
CCYSB works in collaboration with other agencies to provide the following services:
- Individual, Group, and Family Counseling
- Crisis Intervention
- Case Management and Consultation
- Respite Services for Caregivers
- Referrals to Other Agencies and Services
Legacy of Elders
Who is Isabel Emerson?
If you want to become a member of the Board of Directors team or a volunteer check out this video.
“I had the privilege of having a private “Pre -book signing “ for Contra Costa Youth service Bureau this morning!
Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau focus on Mental and Physical Wellness: YSB provide the resources to help youth achieve health and wellbeing at home.
Youth Success: YSB empower youth to achieve their educational goals
Community Building: YSB help youth adjust to their family, school, and the greater community through mentorship and engagement activities.
I appreciate the love and support, and I am happy to be able to give back to the community that have helped me become who I am today!
Let’s go YSB!
Thank You for your continued commitment to our East Bay community, and beyond!“
Become a Youth CHampion
Today we honor and uplift Mrs. Lennie Brown.
She is one of CCYSB’s faithful caregivers in the Kinship Support Care Program.
Mrs. Brown was honored last evening at RPAL by the Courageous & Emerging Leadership Academy as an “Everyday Hero” for making a difference in the pandemic.
We are blessed to have women like her leading the way! ❤️
Thank you for all you do Mrs. Brown!!”