Alondra Young and Estefanie Reyes from the Sacramento BHC Youth Leadership group talk about the Youth Leadership meeting and the “I am Sacramento” conference coming in late summer.
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The Sacramento BHC Youth Media Team is taking part in the ongoing conversation about mental health which the Obama administration began earlier this year. In this candid video, several area youth discuss what mental health means to them, and their experiences with mental health issues.
Find out more at sacbhc.org.
The other day I attended the Boys and Men of Color summit and I must say from the bus ride there to the ride back home I was heavenly entertained and engaged. The skill building didn’t start when we got to UC Davis; it started on the buses as soon as we boarded our advisor immediately told use to sit next to someone we didn’t know and get to know them and in order to get off the bus we had to tell him their name, age, school, hobbies and goals.
When we finally arrived to UCD, I was a tad bit nervous and eager. Next, I was kindly greeted and directed where to go. Walking into the Freeborn Theater at UCD I signed in, grabbed my nametag, Boys and Men of Color shirt and a bag. The aura in the theater was so supportive and encouraging, I felt like I was at home and I was surrounded by people who were just like me. I socialized with a few other youth over refreshments during intermission.
As the event started to wrap up more positive speeches were given and recognitions then the awards ceremonies and finally everyone loaded up on the busses head back to Sacramento. All and all the event was a success and I am thankful to be a part of it. For those who couldn’t make it, you really missed out.
If you are in need of a job this summer and are between the ages of 16-21 then mark your calendar and save the date for the Asian Resources’ Summer YEAH Youth Program Orientation meeting on Saturday, April 7th. The one-hour mandatory meeting starts at 10:00am at the George Sims Community Center at 6207 Logan Street. This will be the only time that program organizers will distribute applications for this summer program so you don’t want to miss it.
Unlike some other programs, this is a paid internship program for the summer. The program provides more than just valuable work experience; interns are also exposed to leadership, life, and job readiness skills. Participants will meet and network with people from all over Sacramento, and by the end of this program, it is the goal to instill a sense of empowerment within each young person.
Qualifications for the Summer YEAH Program
– Must be between 16-21 years old on or before May 16th of this year.
– Must reside in the greater Sacramento area.
– Can NOT participate in summer school, sports, or vacation trips for the summer.
– Can NOT be currently working for an employer.
For more information, check out this event’s Facebook page or contact Youth Specialist Milagros Perez at (916) 324-6218.
Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend La Familia’s Bullying Prevention Symposium this Friday, February 24th at 4:00 in Sacramento. Sheila Self, Bullying Prevention Specialist for the Sacramento City Unified School District, will be instructing the Youth Voice Group and other attendees in learning about:
- What to do if your child is being bullied
- The scope of the problem
- Myths about bullying
- Emerging research
- SCUSD anti-bullying policy
- Definitions of bullying types
- And best prevention practices
The La Familia Counseling Center is located at 5523 34th Street in Sacramento. Enter the Autozone parking lot on the corner of Franklin and Fruitridge and drive all the way to the back of the property towards Highway 99. For more information contact Apolonia Cortez, Youth Leadership Coordinator for the Youth Voice Program vie email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 916-452-3601.
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As the sunlight crept through the thick leaves of Curtis Park Saturday morning, the sight of youth volunteers cleaning up dried leaves welcomed joggers and dog-walkers on the park.
Twelve youth volunteers cleaned up Curtis Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the youth programs provided by the La Familia Counseling Family Resource Center and Hmong Women’s Heritage Association. Staffers of the two associations supervised the youth volunteers.
“It has given us the motivation to come together and focus to work with youths at risk that are living in the same communities,” La Familia youth specialist Vidal Gonzalez said about the two groups collaborating. “Why don’t we go ahead have activities where everybody can come in, rather than focusing on one specific ethnic community at a time, since we’re all living in the same space and share the same parks too?”
Cristo Rey High School student Bryan Maldonado,14, and The Met High School student Martin Ochoa,15, joked around while shoveling leaves into a wheelbarrow, while Juan Maldonado,18, brother of Bryan and also a student of Cristo Rey, just finished piling up leaves.
“It’s pretty fun,” Ochoa said. “You actually feel like you really have a voice, and you get to help the community.” He learned of the program from his sister who invited him to join. He has been with the group for three months.
Gonzalez said the youths are volunteers and are given a $100 stipend after completing the three-month community service. They are also required to be present on weekly meetings and program events.
“It’s great to see community service in action,” Curtis Park resident Carmel Brown said. “I wish more of our residents are doing this work.”
Hmong Women’s Heritage youth advocate Nai Saechao said this is the first time the two organizations worked together for a community service program. In the past they have had youths come together from different groups to network and get to know each other.
Curtis Park is the second park the La Familia volunteers have cleaned up this year and first with Hmong Women’s Heritage. They had their first cleanup at Tahoe Park two months ago. Gonzalez added that Curtis Park was chosen for the cleanup because of its close proximity to their youth center, which is located at 34th Street and Fruitridge Road.
“We take requests, too,” Gonzalez said. “If someone knows of a good park that they they feel is being neglected, we’re more than willing to look into it and see if our kids can go out there to clean it up a little bit.”
Click here for more pictures and an audio slideshow of the event.
By: Sone Boutviseth
Alcohol and drug abuse is a huge problem for teens today. There are many main causes of teen drinking and drug abuse. Influences caused from alcoholic and drug related parents, peer pressure and escapism are all sources for underage drinking and drug abuse. For example, I’ve heard a fellow student talking about how his parents influence him into taking drugs instead of stopping him when it’s taken. So what does this show us? It shows us that experimentation with alcohol and illegal drug abuse may be common among teens.
Teens use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons. They may do it because they want to fit in with friends or certain groups, take a drug or drink alcohol because they like the way it makes them feel or use it as part of a healing process for their problems teenagers go through these days. How can we find a solution to stop the teen cycle of alcohol and illegal drug abuse? Spend time with your teen; when drug abuse is already a problem, find answers that confronts the true source of difficulties. With a clear mind and body, the act of caring for one another is the first step t understanding why drugs and alcohol abuse is common among us today.
By Shantel Moua
Being a teenage mother in the Hmong culture is actually quite common. If a Hmong girl was to already be married the Hmong way, then in a sense, getting pregnant would be okay. But in the American way, it is frowned upon.
Traditionally, if a girl is not pregnant and the teenage couple wanted to get married, the boy would “kidnap” the girl and take her to his house. Then the boy would have to get his relatives to call the girl’s family and tell them that she is going to get married. The relatives would also have to go the girl’s family house and offer them a gift and thank the parents for the girl.
Then both the couple’s parents would have a meeting to discuss the cost of the girl and the marriage ceremony. The marriage ceremony lasts for two days, with lots of food, drinks and beer. In the end they would be officially married, and the new wife would go live with her new husband, although they are not considered being legally married by the United States. Because the girl is already married, her parents would not mind when she gets pregnant even if she’s just a teen.
But getting married due to a pregnancy is more common. In this case the parents can react quite harshly. Many Asian parents care about their status and dignity and for a girl to get pregnant without getting married causes them to “lose their reputation” and they arrange wedding plans. This causes the teenage couple to get a forced marriage and the girl has to stay at the boy’s house. And if the boy refuses to get married or the girl doesn’t know who the father is, she is unable to live with her parents after the baby is born for thirty days. She has to live outside of her parents and relatives house until the baby is a full month.
But either way, teenage pregnancy is really tough for young women. I know many girls who don’t want to spend their lives taking care of their baby.
Over its 31 participating years, the Asian Resources Inc. (ARI) summer program has aided endless amount of youth seeking employment. Without this program there would be countless unemployed citizens, resulting in free time that would probably be utilized for crime, unproductive accounts, and disturbance to society. My name is Tajii Black and I am a senior attending Inderkum highschool.To this day I am still filled with gratitude that I out of hundreds of hopeful youth had the opportunity to partake a position in this program. Throughout this course, not only have I amplified as a person by becoming more confident, persistent, and outspoken, but I took away skills that would be difficult to acquire elsewhere. I’ve also gained skills involving team work, resume building, interview techniques, and working better with people. This ARI summer project builds up life long readiness, not just temporary.
Working with this program I got the chance to work at the Robert’s Family Development Center for some weeks. Working here was my first real, constructive, working experience and I luxuriate in every moment I was employed there. My problem solving expertise developed a great deal. Of course when working in a day camp with over a hundred kids, new staff can’t always be watched over. Sometimes I had to deal with the two kids in an occasional fight or an upset child crying. I had to improvise in these situations and take from my previous learning experiences and establish a solution. There would be challenges where because I was new and young, some of the kids didn’t respect me as much, but I realized that I had to take the initiative to formulate trust and bond with them like the other employees. At this job I sporadically had to be more of a leader then I was ready for and take charge, in doing so, I emerged in my supervisor’s eyes as more then a teen trying to get the day over with. Rather I was a prominent mentor, eager to face any challenge thrown at me with maturity.
Without ARI summer YEAH youth program, 40 young people including myself would not have been employed this summer. I would have never taken away what I did from this program somewhere else. I would have never obtained the networking skills and connections for future reference. I would have never been offered the remarkable appraisal to work part time at the Roberts Family Development Center even after the program had ended. Overall I am truly fortunate to have had been apart of this incredible program.