First Day! (Sort of…) – Terri L.

Hello World!!!  How are you doing?  Haven’t talked for a while, huh?

I can’t believe that we’ve been in Oakland for over a week!!  We had orientation the first day and just moved into our houses on Wenesday.  Yesterday was technically the first day at our intern sites, but the College Track orientation was only an hour long.  So, I think today was really the first day of “work” (as everybody else calls it).

For the first day, we were going to a ropes course for the first day/field trip.  College Track goes on field trips every Friday.  Today was also the first day that the kids got to come and interact with staff.  It was a bit hectic.  The transportation wasn’t quite worked out (by no fault of the College Track staff, they did wonderfully at figuring out alternative ways to transport the students) and, although we (Sarah, Zach, and I) arrived around 7:30, we didn’t leave the Oakland site until after 11.

It being the first day with the students, it was super fun getting to know them.   Continue reading


Welcome to the Cal BayUp Blog

Welcome to the Cal Team’s blog site for Bay Area Urban Project 2013! Together we will be serving the city of Oakland this summer. You can check this blog to stay up to date with our weekly happenings, stories, and testimonies over the next 6 weeks.

What is BayUp?
“Over the course of six weeks, students live, learn, and work in the urban cities.  They volunteer over 120 hours serving and learning from local grassroot agencies.  In addition to service learning opportunities, students will engage in weekly scripture studies, prayer, and teachings on shalom theology, credible witness, racial and other social justice issues.  They will be equipped to learn, critic, bless, and influence systems and institutions through our unique Christian faith lens.” –

Who We Are:


Dana Brown, Cal alum and InterVarsity staff for 3 years. From Barstow, California.


Michelle Valdivia, Social Welfare major from Lodi, CA.


Terri Liang, 2nd year Cal student from Claremont, CA.


Galvin Mathis, 4th year Cal student.


Luz Anguiano, 3rd year Cal student from Lindsay, CA.