DSAL elevates the voices of Ashland and Cherryland's least served, and provides the space for the experience of the community to shape and influence local rules, regulations, support services and access to power. 

Our goal is to reconnect isolated individuals to their community and the community to leaders, to ensure every voice is heard and everyone has the opportunity to create an equitable and thriving Alameda County.


The World as it Could Be is a unique program that provides local 9th-11th grade students the chance to discover, develop, and use their talents in leadership, the arts, and social justice. 

​Participants discover how they can shape democracy, build social justice campaigns and create an equitable future for their community. The program's curriculum focuses on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, how it relates to public health and safety, and ultimately provides the spaces for students to create a dynamic presentation/performance. Funded in part by the Libra Foundation.


The Barbershop Forums are run in collaboration with the ACSO and are designed to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement. 

In this safe and symbolic community space, members of the community have the opportunity to ask questions, voice concern and develop plans toward a model of public safety that reflects the community. 

The Forum often delves into the intersections of race, class and public safety, and provides a framework for civic and community leaders to shape the future of Ashland and Cherryland. Learn more.


The Youth & Family Services Bureau is here to help.  


We provide counseling services for kids and adults who live in Alameda County, at no cost or low cost. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. We accept Medi-Cal, many private insurances, and have an affordable sliding scale for fees. If you are a crime victim, you may also be eligible for free counseling through the Victim of Crime program.  

For an appointment or question about services please call (510) 667-3642 or email us at 



The ACSO Explorer Program is designed for youth and young adults ages 14-20 to learn more about law enforcement.

Explorers learn citizenship, teamwork and leadership skills, improve their physical fitness, and serve the community at events like the Alameda County Fair, Raider Days, Eden Night Live and Urban Shield. 

Over 120 of your neighbors complete the Explorer program every year, 3 have become ACSO employees and 10 have become ACSO Cadets.  

Learn more and sign up.