In this video I talk about what I have learned, experienced, and enjoyed while working as a Neighborhood News Correspondent for AccessLocal.Tv. I also talk about my favorite video I did throughout the program and tips for the upcoming news team!
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In this video I talk about the #GetLoud posters by the California Endowment that are now being seen in Sacramento and the meaning behind them.
The California Endowment held their #GetLoud Youth Power Fest Rally on May 12th in Los Angeles and I was lucky enough to attend this powerful event. The rally was held at the head office of the California Endowment in Downtown LA.
I arrived to the event a few minutes early to find a bunch of youth waiting for the event to start. When the event started, people were checked in and let into an outdoor courtyard where the event was being held. When I first walked in there was music playing and right after past the entry werea few walls with art hanging on them. The art on the walls was by many different artists with their art displaying many modern day messages and issues going on in our society. There was art representing racial inequality, cultural inequality, and inequality of the youth. The art was not in just paint form or basic art form but many artists stepped outside the box and created art with neon lights, mirrors, wood, and spray-paint.
The event had many booths set up around the courtyard. There were booths for #SchoolsnotPrisons movement, a booth talking about how the effects of sugary drinks and foods, a booth for Latino Empowerment, and they were also making screen printed t-shirts to give out to attendees of the event.
The Endowment also provided the attendees with free food and drinks. The food options were very healthy and included items like spinach pasta, fruit salad, and an interesting one, hummus filled bell peppers.
After the event went on for about an hour with DJ Francesca playing tunes, they opened the night with a spoken word performance. The spoken word was very powerful with some of the youth involving their life stories and social issues which they are passionate about in their performances. After the spoken word performances the Endowment had the TV/movie star Zendaya as a guest speaker at the event. Zendaya spoke about using our youth voice for good things and to empower each other. She also spoke about making sure to vote in the upcoming election.
“I love that we embrace the youth voice, and our power and our brains and our energy, instead of telling us we don’t have one,” said Zendaya.
The crowd loved Zendaya and her spirit and lots of people were happy to see her there. After Zendaya’s speech a group of three girls named “King” performed their jazz music for the crowd. The event ended with DJ Gaslamp Killer who played his whimsical beats and mixes for the crowd to dance to.
Overall, the event was well organized, empowering, and changing. The youth power is becoming seen as impactive especially in politics this past year. Knowing that people are now really listening to the youth voice is amazing and a big step for this e generation and no one knows what it will become. The Power Fest Event should continue to happen every year and encourage anyone who can to attend this event to do so.
The new online voter registration, promoted by California’s Secretary of State Padilla in the beginning of 2016, ranks up 560,000 new voter applicants, with 33% being of the youth community. In this video I explain the new youth voting surge and how many people are noticing the trend and its impact.
It’s that time of year again! SCUSD is holding their Annual LGBTQA Youth Leadership Conference.
SCUSD is holding this event on May 21st, 10am to 4pm at the Met Sacramento High School at 810 V Street.
This year’s 5th annual LGBTQA Youth Leadership Conference theme is “Be Brave, Be You.”
The conference will include workshops for any youth in the SCUSD school system from K-12th grade to teach them how to embrace themselves, be comfortable in their own skin, and learn how to treat and help other students, with an emphasis on students who identify as LGBTQA.
“I attended the conference they had (before) and met a lot of new people from different schools,” says Alina Reid, a student in John F. Kennedy High School Rainbow Alliance Club. “I think their e workshops really teach and help students of LGBTQ background to learn more about themselves and to prosper on for their rest of their lives.”
The event is free and has been planned by the youth, for the youth. The workshops will be interactive and fun for all ages and will also include pizza and drinks for the attendees of the conference. The event does not include transportation; students must provide themselves with transportation to and from event.
The event requires a permission slip for students interested in attending this year’s youth leadership conference and can be found right here. The permission slip must be emailed to Emily Herr, coordinator of the conference at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s time to empower yourself and “Be Brave, Be You”!
Universitiy of California campuses are taking bigger strides to end mental health stigma and reach out to students to let them know there are programs and clinicians for there needs and help. In this video I interviewed students planning on attending a UC campus this upcoming fall of 2016.
Bullying has become a bigger problem in today’s society compared to a decade ago. In the TV news and in print we see stories that relate to bullying or how bullying affected the outcome of the events described. Bullying is becoming more talked about now that it has become a well-known problem, especially in schools.
The statistics prove as much, saying that in 2015 one out of every four students, which is 22% of the population, reported being bullied during the school year. In another study in 2013 on cyber bullying, 14.8% of students in high schools in the U.S. were bullied online and 90% of these students were also bullied offline.
Not only do some students not report being bullied but they also become affected in some other way. Some students suffer from anxiety, sleep difficulties, depression, begin to have academic problems, and in the worst cases, commit suicide. Students of color, disability, and LGBTQ are seen as students who suffer from bullying the most. The issue of bullying is important and should be addressed strongly to ensure a healthy school environment, mental health, and living style.
“I think people don’t think they are bullying someone at times,” says Michelle Nuenes, a student at John F. Kennedy High School. “Sometimes people can call someone a name and just trying to be funny, but that person may be affected in a different way, and this is bullying.”
In Sacramento, the issue of bullying is known and officials are constantly making sure it is addressed. In 2011, the Sacramento City School District started the “Creating Caring Schools” plan to address and give an extensive outline to address every aspect of bullying including policies, programs, and training of educators and adults. They created an anti-bullying policy for all schools in the district that states no student shall endure any harassment whatsoever, school officials should always be on the lookout for any type of bullying, the person implementing the harassment be educated on how their behavior is affecting others, and to always thoroughly investigate any problems of bullying before making any decisions of discipline. The district is also doing more like implementing bullying prevention programs at school such as providing training to adults, communities and parents about bullying and preventing it, and overall making the issue known school and district wide. SCUSD has seen a 25% decrease in bullying of students since the start of this program in their district and continue to make changes and improvements to their strategy and overall plan.
“As a teacher, I am always making sure my students are able to learn and come to school in a caring environment without bullying,” says Emily Sommer, teacher at John F. Kennedy High School. “I let my students know that bullying is wrong and to always treat others with respect, and if they ever need someone to talk to, I am always here.”
Many other programs outside the Sacramento community are reaching out to stop bullying too. The “I Am a Witness” program aims to the “silent majority” of kids who witness bullying but don’t know how to help. Their target is mostly with cyber bullying, by commenting their program’s “emoiji” of an eye whenever harassment is seen online or by hashtaging “#iamawitness” to speak up and show a person that they are doing wrong and also that someone is by the victim’s side if they’re getting bullied. They also have emoijis to spark a conversation for maybe a person who they saw someone being bullied and how to lend a helping hand and eye. Programs like these are small but can make a big difference for one or many people in need of support against bullying.
No one should ever be a victim of bullying. Always speak out against bullying, lend a hand to anyone you see being bullied, and think twice before you say something that may affect someone negatively.
May 4th is International Anti-Bullying Day and people are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to let others know that they stand against bullying!
Get down and dirty and give birth to new life! Sacramento is just the place to do that with volunteer opportunities that’ll make a difference in your community. It’s time to dig into your green side and plant a tree or two!
Harvest Sacramento, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association invite you to volunteer your time and attend their first South Sacramento Neighborwoods event on Saturday, April 23rd from 8:30 am to 2pm at Peter Burnett Elementary School on 36th Avenue.
With help of Soil Born Farms, Harvest Sacramento has been working hard in communities throughout this city by holding harvesting events and harvesting citrus and various fruit from homes with fruit trees and donating them to the Sacramento Food Bank to be distributed to people be in need. Harvest Sacramento now adds a new chapter in their development to better communities in need with their Neighborwoods program.
“Harvest Sacramento holds really organized and fun events,” says Ronnie Swinburn, a recent program attendee. “I recently attended a citrus harvesting event and got to harvest fruit with a bunch of other amazing volunteers. I think this event will be just as fun as the citrus event I attended, but this time they’ll be planting life.”
The event, “Neighborwoods: ROOTing for a Better Tomorrow” will be held to revitalize and energize areas in Sacramento, with a main focus in South Sacramento by cleaning up greenery, revitalizing gardens, and planting trees in Fruitridge Manor and Peter Burnett Elementary School.
The event will run in two sections, with the first section from 8:30am to 11:45 am where volunteers will clean up the school garden and mulch and plant trees. The second section will be held from 12pm to 2pm with provided lunch and fun activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and informational booths for more info on events just like this one.
The program reaches out to all ages and everyone of Sacramento to help kickoff this new program to revitalize a community and school in need. Volunteer some of your time to a good cause and come out to this amazing event!
For more information on this event and others follow “Harvest Sacramento” on Facebook. Root for a change and get your green thumb on!
In this video, I got an interview with Dominic Allamano at a one of his community volunteer events for the program Harvest Sacramento along with footage of volunteers who attended the event.
On Thursday, March 31st, there was a meeting of youth at Youth City Hall in Downtown Sacramento. Its purpose was simple- to gather the youth of Sacramento, inform them of Measure Y, and in hopes, gain their support to then spread the word of the new measure.
The meeting encompassed about 20-25 youth to hear the wording of the new measure. The youth were very involved in asking questions and making sure they understood the measure before involving themselves in the support of the measure.
The measure will be presented in this year’s June election and attempt to create f the Sacramento Children’s Fund, an on-going source of revenue dedicated to youth programming in the City of Sacramento. The goal of the fund is to increase the chances that city’s children and youth succeed in school, get careers, and prosper in life.
“This measure seems really important and I know will be good in the long run, I’m hoping I can persuade my friends to also volunteers their time to spreading the word of the measure, and getting this thing passed” said by Nick Samos, an attendee of the youth meeting.
The main reason of creating a separate fund is because only 4% of the city’s general welfare is used for youth programming. This amount comes out to a low number of $17,181,734 for use of the whole youth of the city of Sacramento. In this spending most of the money is used to help children in the age range of 6-12. However, statistics still show that the youth is not getting the help they need. Nationally, the poverty rate for children is 29% and Sacramento stands at 24%. Sacramento’s poverty rate is also double of both San Francisco’s and Oakland’s rate. In the 2013-2014 school year, 37% of SCUSD students were reported as being truant at least one time during the academic year. The statistics are high and not in any good way at all.
Measure Y stands on adding two new things to the Sacramento city code. The first is to first establish a children’s fund to provide needed services and programming to youth ages 0-24. The children’s fund will not replace the money already being given from the general fund, but will be there to maintain and support the money in the children’s fund. The second states that money for the children’s fund will be received by taxation of marijuana cultivation. In this sense, every person engaged in legal marijuana cultivation business or manufacturing business in the county of Sacramento shall pay an annual business operation tax. This tax will be 5% of each dollar of gross receipts for any reported period, with all revenue being deposited into the children’s fund. The use of the fund revenue will be used for up to 10% for administration, 5% for evaluation, and 85% for direct services to the youth. If passed in the June election the new chapter and sections of the city charter will be active as of January 1, 2017.
The supporters of Measure Y are reaching out to the youth of Sacramento to spread the word of the new measure to communities all over the city. They know that since the fund is for the youth that they should be the main group of individuals to present the measure to people of Sacramento. In November 2014, only 8.1% of eligible voters ages 18-24 in the Sacramento County actually voted. In saying this, the supporters know that at the polls the youth will not be of a great factor in passing the measure. They hope to target voters of the older category for a bigger push in the June election.
The meeting presented three ways for the youth to spread the word- phone calls, door-to-door, and social media. The Sacramento Youth City Council, supporters of the measure, are going to be supplying materials needed for the youth who want to be involved in spreading the word. After training the involved youth, they will set up phone banking times during weekdays and weekends along with door-to-door groups that will carpool to certain communities until of June.
The youth council is hoping for more youth supporters and volunteers to help spread the word in the short time period before June.