Youth Group Takes on SF…for a day


Written by Jesse Jarreau
CERI has enriched the lives of many Cambodian American families in the Oakland Bay Area. Through their many programs, CERI has provided a safe place for adults and children. CERI’s has three active youth programs for youth aged six to twenty four. The youth programs provide opportunities to experience adventures, peer support, learn leadership skills, receive assistance with academic needs, and counseling.

On June 23rd, 2016, our children’s group spent the day in San Francisco. CERI took 12 inspiring youth to “the city” for a fun-filled day visiting the Aquarium of the Bay and the Musée Mécanique. The youth group kicked off the day by boarding a ferry to San Francisco. The ferry not only provided an environmentally safe and efficient way to travel, but also provided a new perspective on the San Francisco Bay. The ferry gave the youth an opportunity to see iconic structures of the Bay such as the Bay Bridge and the Port of Oakland Cranes up close.

Upon our arrival in San Francisco, we disembarked from the ferry. Walking down the Piers, the youth and the volunteers got to experience the roaring buzz of Fisherman’s Wharf. This lively area only provided more fuel of excitement for the next adventure that was yet to come. After a stroll down the piers, we arrived at the Aquarium of the Bay. The Aquarium brought marine life of the Bay into an interactive learning environment. Whether it was the tunnels of marine life or the Jellyfish Exhibit, the Aquarium of the Bay had something for everyone to love. Our time spent at the Aquarium made all of us hungry! So after a brief break for lunch, our next stop on our bucket list was Musée Mécanique. This vintage arcade left the youth in awe when they discovered it was nothing like the modern arcades that they have been to in the past. After a full day of laughs and giggles (even Laughing Sal could laugh too), our time at Musée Mécanique came to an end.

Our adventure came to a close when our ferry came to meet us at Pier 41. On the ferry ride back, the youth and chaperones were worn out by the day’s excursion. The fresh ocean breeze and slow but gentle rock of the ferry ended a successful outing to the Golden Gate City. In the video below, is a photo show of our time in the Golden City. We hope you enjoy it!

Click on the photo above to watch the photo show.

Shout out to our volunteers Tiana and Olivia for their help to ensure a safe and fun adventure! Thank You!


CERI’s youth programs are made possible by funding generated by prop 63, which is distributed by Alameda County. We also receive grants and philanthropic donations which make it possible to continue our work with Cambodian families in the East Bay.

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Summer Retreat 2015, The Sequoia National Forest


On August 9th bright and early, we loaded up our truck, bought food and snacks for our long road trip, and headed to the Sequoia National Forest! The next several days we enjoyed hikes, a natural water slide, a bubbling creek near our little village in the woods, and cooking over the fire.

After a long California drought, we found the abundantly gushing waterfalls and creek to be very healing. Apparently lots of wildlife such as bears and deer also found the creek refreshing, but we were careful not to disturb their visits to the stream.

After several days of roughing and toughing it out in the woods, we headed home to Oakland.

We are very grateful to the Devata Giving Circle for contributing funds to our yearly retreat, and providing another memorable experience for our young women. We are also grateful to Maria Remigio and her lovely family. They provided tents and delicious food for all of us. Until next year…!

9am August 9th Loading Up the Truck

Loading Up the Truck

It's a big forest

It’s a big forest.

At last we found our beautiful site.

At last we found our beautiful site.  Our volunteer, Maria and her family, had tents and dinner waiting.


Pitching in



Tunbo, our firekeeper and bear chaser















Hood to the Wood: Hike at Mt. Diablo State Park


In April of 2015 our young women completed a successful hike at Mt. Diablo State Park in Walnut Creek, CA. Our reward was a beautiful view of the bay.


Top of the Mountain Happy Dance

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Classic “We Made It Moment”


A well deserved rest


The youth programs at CERI are supported by funding generated by Prop 63, and awarded through Alameda County. Please click on our donation tab to contribute to all of CERI’s successful programs.

Camping Trip 2011


ImageIn the Summer of 2011 our young women went camping outside of Stockton, California. For some of the girls it was the first time they participated in a camping adventure. More importantly it gave the girls a chance to bond and deepen their friendships. In their own words, read what some of the girls had to say…..

Image“It meant a lot to me because I got to know everyone’s true side and fun side. It brought everyone closer to each other. It was my first time camping. The whole experience also allowed everyone to know who I am.” Thavery

ImageMiss Z. proudly strikes a pose in front of her tent.


 “The camping trip was the first time I was able to go away for a few days. It gave me a chance to see new places. It gave me a day to relax my mind and have fun with our group.” Thavedi 

Image“I loved when we played in the water at night. I met a new friend named Bieber and had a lot of fun chasing him.” Moustra


“It gave me a chance to learn about new people and get closer to the other girls. I spent more time with my ‘baby momma’, Moleeda and I got a lot closer to her.” Nissa


“It gave me a chance to do anything I wanted and it was a blast! I had so much fun with Nissa!!” Moleeda

Image“It was a time for us to experience nature. We had time to bond with each other and the older ladies who came with us.” Halissia