Weconnect.net, a new program of Health Happens Here, is changing the way our community searches for resources. The internet has provided many opportunities for people who may not be able to reach career centers or attend events.
On Wednesday, May 13th, the Clunie Community Center hosted yet another brilliant event to shed light on some of the hidden issues in Sacramento. Capital Public Radio, Village Square, and many more important community organizations joined to discuss hunger in our area and how to help eliminate it. As stated in the mass email that the organization generated, “More than 6.2 million Californians don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. In Sacramento County, 50,000 go hungry each day. These people are our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members.”
On Thursday May 14th the May Is Bike Month program put on an event at the State Capital that featured bicycle education, quick bike fixes and free stuff.
Recently, Sacramento City Hall came together with WayUp Sacramento to welcome 100 McClatchy students from its law and public policy program to tour and present current ideas and opinions on current issues and really get a behind the scenes of local and state government.
On May 9th, the Clunie Community Center hosted an event revolving around the stigma that has attached itself to mental health for years. Several guest speakers opened up about event in their past that made the event important to them. Hopefully, events like these will ensure a bright future and eliminate the mental health stigma in Sacramento.
For many high school seniors throughout the nation, college is something to look forward to. This next step in the road to adulthood has become intimidating to some, particularly in recent years due to economical challenges and harsh eligibility requirements. Growth in American technology has done a great deal to improve our fast-paced lifestyles, but it also may be a cause of the new challenges youth face when trying to succeed in college and beyond. Employers now look not only into whether or not a hopeful future employee has gone to college, but also into what college they went to and what degrees that they received.
On May 18th, the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria is hosting a discussion on American Universities and what citizens can do to make them more accessible to our youth. The discussion should provide people with more knowledge of higher education and the problems hopeful students face when trying to enroll in American Universities.
The event is free and open to the public. Joining the discussion will be California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow. As well as being an advocate for higher education, Crow is also the co-author of ‘Designing the New American University’.
According to a data chart on nces.ed.gov, prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board at public institutions rose 40% between the 2001-02 school year and the 2011-12 school year. The same chart showed that the average tuiton cost of profit and non-profit private institutions was $22,874 in 2001. The average cost in 2012 was $33,047.
“All colleges are getting more exclusive every day,” says Sierra College student Megan Meissner, “our youth is in a huge competition to get a head start on their future, and it shouldn’t be so difficult.”
The discussion will be accessible to the public on Monday, May 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Tsakopoulos Library is located at 828 I Street.
Many believe that American Universities have become extremely expensive and exclusive. The same degrees that were esteemed a decade ago no longer carry the same appreciation that they once did. If you would like to join the discussion on how to make college more accessible to the nation’s youth, you can visit the Tsakopoulos Library located at 828 I Street on Monday, May 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
To get more information on college statistics, costs, and admissions, you can view an article on the topic here.
Stakeholders of the Stockton Boulevard Partnership met last Tuesday to discuss future projects to revitalize sites in the Building Healthy Communities area. Of particular interest was the site of the San Juan motel, a vacant lot sitting across the street from the Partnership’s conference room. Leaders who attended were asked to collaborate, voice their concerns, and a post ideas onto different categories for how to improve the area (items with C’s next to them are things participants want to create, while A’s are things they want to avoid).
California Thursdays, a new program in the Sacramento City Unified School District, is bringing local fruits and veggies to area students as part of an effort to promote health.