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Power Of Persistence Pays Off For East Bay Teens

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    The small community of Ashland is in an unincorporated part of Alameda County. Underserved is more like how the young people who lived there viewed it. Until, that is, Hilary Bass entered their lives. (Published Friday, Mar 22, 2013)

    It wasn't long after arriving in Ashland to take a new job, that Hilary Bass realized she had her work cut out for her. It was 2004 and the then-24-year-old was hired to be the residential services coordinator for the Eden House apartment complex.

    She got to work organizing a youth group.

    The Youth Leadership Council, as they were called, held dances and poetry slams, listened to guest speakers, and worked on their homework. But when children from other housing developments started coming over and joining in, Hilary wondered why they didn't take advantage of the programs where the lived.

    Because, she soon found out, they didn't exist.

    It was clear to her and the young people there wasn't enough for kids to do in Ashland.

    So they decided to do something about it.

    To see what they did, watch Garvin Thomas' report above.