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Fresh Start Café

Fresh Start Cafés are at the heart of the New Beginnings program. Through unique private and nonprofit partnerships established by Alameda County, the cafés offer work experience to emancipated foster youth and youth in custody to help ease their transition into adulthood and independence.

The Cafés continue to invest in the community by supporting local nonprofits and business owners. Our Fresh Start café at the Juvenile Justice Center is run by Oakland's Youth Employment Partnership and serves Numi Tea and Due Torri Coffee. The café at REACH Ashland Youth Center is run by local business owners True & Seyoum Tadesse.

Youth are selected to serve internships in the cafés and are paid a stipend. Participants receive on-the-job training in customer service, effective workplace habits, and other core job skills. Fresh Start Café interns graduate the program with a certificate in food handling, work experience, and an early addition to their résumé that can help them earn credibility to employers.

Fresh Start Café Locations

Picture of Castro Valley Library
picture icon of the oakland café menu
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Castro Valley - Castro Valley Library
3600 Norbridge Ave.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Phone: (510) 667-7900

Café hours of operation:

  • Café closed until further notice
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Oakland - located in the Lobby of the Clerk-Recorder's Building
1106 Madison Street.
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 271-9125

Café hours of operation:

  • café closed until further notice
Picture of Juvenile Justice Center

San Leandro - Juvenile Justice Center
2700 Fairmont Drive.
San Leandro, CA 94578
Phone: (510) 351-2653

Café hours of operation:

  • Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Picture of Juvenile Justice Center
picture icon of the oakland café menu
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San Lorenzo - "The Bite" at REACH Ashland Youth Center
16335 E 14th St.
San Leandro, CA 94578
Phone: (510) 481-4548

Café hours of operation:

  • Mon - Fri: 12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


New Beginnings Wins 2010 CSAC Challenge Award

We are very proud that our innovative New Beginnings initiative won the 2010 California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Challenge award. New Beginnings prepares youth for the future through education and job skills development. Read more about it on the CSAC blog.


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