Access Sacramento is pleased to announce approval of a new grant from the California Endowment to support a youth journalist training program and the AccessLocal.TV news website.

The grant provides $50,000 over two years to support a stipend program for a group of young people who will write articles, prepare audio podcasts, and do video news reporting.

Six Sacramento County high school students join Access Sacramento's Neighborhood News Bureau program.

Six Sacramento County high school students, (from left) Sage Lauwerys, Miko Sims, Jibril Kyser, Mario Ayala, Mikayla Franklin and Judy Cano join Access Sacramento’s Neighborhood News Bureau program.

“We are so grateful to the California Endowment for its support of our Neighborhood News Bureau program,” said Gary Martin, Access Sacramento Executive Director. “This program makes a huge difference in the amount of information we can provide, but also in the lives of the families of the trainees.”

Now in its third year, the AccessLocal.tv site has delivered more than 1,500 digital updates about neighborhood news, many from a California Endowment targeted community in the South Sacramento / Oak Park area.

The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) program has selected 14 communities throughout the state for specific help in providing medical information and support through education and other community programs designed to assist families improve their overall health and lifestyle choices.

The latest group of youth reporters selected for the Access Sacramento program met together for the first time last Thursday.

“These new reporters are excited about sharing new media regarding all the good work in the BHC area,” said Isaac Gonzalez, Youth Media Coordinator for Access Sacramento.

The program operates on a four-month cycle and new trainees are brought in regularly.

Additional funding for the Neighborhood News Bureau program and the AccessLocal.tv website is provided though the “Sacramento Has Talent” fundraiser for Access Sacramento.  The televised talent show is scheduled Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in The Crest Theater in Sacramento.

For more information on the project or to join the sponsor’s list for Sacramento Has Talent, contact Access Sacramento Executive Director Gary Martin at 916-456-8600 ext. 100.