work_picMy name is Mikayla Franklin, and I am a Neighborhood News Correspondent happily returning for a third session of the AccessLocal.Tv program. I’m elated to know that I have the chance to once again showcase all of the things in my community that deserve attention.

As you may know, I’m 17-years-old and a senior at Foothill High School. I’m an active member of my school’s yearbook staff and video crew. These last four years have truly helped me realize my passion—journalism and media arts.

During this session of the program, I hope to greatly improve my video-making skills. That will mean putting my shyness aside and placing myself in front of the camera, as well as behind it. I also hope to be a useful mentor to the newer participants in the program, and maybe even learn some new skills from them in return.

This session of the program promises to be very interesting. I am excited for some new challenges, and I will do my best to rise to the occasion when participating in the new monthly video broadcasts we have planned.

Some of my previous articles covered events such as the Kids Helping Kids Gala last May, the canned food drive at Fairytale Town, and even Sacramento’s annual Creek Week Clean-Up. While filming and writing these events, I realized that one of the greatest things in life is watching people come together to make their community a better place to live.

I am incredibly thankful for the California Endowment’s Grant, as well as the hard work by Gary Martin, Executive Director of Access Sacramento which made this opportunity possible for me and my teammates. The experience that I have received with this program has been priceless, and I hope to prove that I have what it takes to continue being a Neighborhood News Correspondent.