“Ray Balberan honored for lifetime helping youths.” By Jill Tucker. San Francisco Chronicle. November 14, 2011. Ray Balberan’s resume cites his 40 years of nonprofit work trying to save kids while chasing violence off the streets of San Francisco – a level of community activism reflected in more than 20 awards, certificates of appreciation, lifetime achievement awards, and as of this week, a California Peace Prize. But what his impressive work history doesn’t include are the untold hours he spent cajoling at-risk youths into school or jobs, driving around the Mission pulling teens off the streets and into pickup basketball games, or consoling families when a drive-by shooter got to them first. There is no tally of the children he saved and the few he couldn’t. Balberan retired from the daily grind of fighting the good fight with nonprofit case management in 2004, but he is still seeing the reward of a lifetime of work. The rewards come not just from the California Wellness Center and its prestigious Peace Prize, but also from watching younger generations of activists continue the work and the programs he helped create in the 1960s and ’70s through sheer will.