On May 6th, the Oak Park Farmers Market opened for its first event of the year. People from all over gathered to enjoy the fruits and vegetables that were on sale and are locally sourced within 150 miles of Oak Park. In this video report, we see just what the farmers have brought us this season.
Life is a journey. My time at Access Local taught me many things but most important of all, it shows me ways to improve my life at every corner.
This year for me has been accomplishing and exciting as I am approaching graduation and my time with Access Sacramento has come to an end. My time with Access Sacramento being a Neighborhood News Correspondent was amazing. Coming into this new experience I did, in fact, have some previous knowledge working in broadcasting from internships, and production assistant jobs. But my time as News Correspondent allowed me to gain hands-on experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else. As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you
As soon as I was hired we were given a camera bag with all the equipment needed to be a good reporter. Our first meeting we each individually were given our own story leads and from there it was up to us to make a story come to life. This was my first experience where I was allowed to have free will to tell a story my way. What I learned as reporters the world listens and watches you, expecting the story you weave to be honest and truthful. The stories I have been able to tell throughout the city of Sacramento have been unbelievable. I underestimated the love and eagerness for engagement of the community people had for Sacramento. Every community event, free health clinic, or protest all demonstrated the unity and beauty of the people who live in these communities.
There have been many assignments that stood out for me throughout my eight months with Access Sacramento. However, there were two in particular that I will remember the most because they have turned out to be some of my best packages I have made. One of my first few assignments was an Oak Park Free Healthy Clinic. That day I watched hundreds of people show up in get support in getting free glasses, dental work, and medication. While I was there I interviewed so many people from attendees and staff. What surprised me the most was that people all over the world would volunteer to come help the people of the Sacramento area. It was a humbling experience and my job was to tell a story that highlighted this wonderful event. The second story I believe challenged my reporting skills due to the fact it was such a shocking story. My job was to cover a hate crime that took place on two local black businesses in the heart of Sacramento neighborhoods. The crime itself was shocking but, how the community responded touched my heart. The next day after the crime was committed local neighbors and businesses gathered in support of the victims by protesting and buying food in support of small black-owned businesses and demonstrating that this behavior won’t be tolerated.
With the guidance of the editor at Access Sacramento, I have learned so much about how to craft enticing social media chatter and how to be a better journalist. Going from a college intern to a respected Neighborhood News Correspondent was quite a leap, and I have found that publishing my work on a local platform is more rewarding than I could have guessed. I’m thankful for time and skill’s that I have gained at Access Sacramento. This program that Isaac Gonzalez runs is a rare platform for youth. This program allows young people the support hands-ons on skills that are needed to not only be successful within the broadcasting field but to also be a contributing member in society. As I move on to the next chapter in my life; I am confident in my skills and ability to conquer adversity thanks to the help of the Neighborhood News Correspondent position.
Doctors would treat a heart attack with immediate care. Most would not let their patient suffer silently and die. However, despite the fact that about half of all Americans will experience mental health issues, many will not get any help until they reach a critical state.
Conditions such as depression and bipolar disorders have early signs of warning but are often overlooked. Many mental health illnesses stem from childhood trauma that is left unchecked. Whether it may be abusive parents or just overloaded school workloads, adolescence is a prime time for mental health illness to take roots. This could lead people to develop serious illnesses that will stop them from being productive citizens of the world. It gets even worse when they see themselves as weak and do not get treatment. Most cases of suicide resulted from people suffering silently with their mental health condition. Fortunately, there is a developing culture that fosters acceptance about mental health illness.
“You have more of a connection to your peers than an adult and sometimes it’s more comfortable to talk to someone around your age.” says Andre Davis, a student from John F. Kennedy High School. Adolescences sometime can only talk to people around their age because they have no connection to an adult. There is a need to raise awareness about the early signs of incoming mental health illness.
May is the month of mental health awareness throughout America. During this time, there are widespread campaigns through social media in an attempt to get attention to the mental health crisis. Organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness emphasis on the fact that people do not suffer alone and they do not have to endure mental health conditions by themselves. Outreach programs encourage people to look for early warning signs before it’s too late. In fact, that was the goal for 2016 mental health awareness month, summarized in their slogan B4STAGE4.
Mental Health issues are one of the main contributing factors to suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in America. Heart attacks cannot be ignored, so why should mental health issues?
Recently, Chanowk Yisrael gave a presentation about how climate change can effect the food we eat, as well as how carbon foot-printing can change what we eat. He wants to draw more people into farming the correct way, that isn’t damaging to the environment.
With the world focused on refugees and immigration, Flo Razowsky combines photos and installation pieces for “Up Against the Wall,” a free exhibit recreating border structures. Those include a 500-mile long wall along the West Bank of Palestine and structures along the U.S./Mexico border.
SacTRU held it’s weekly meeting this past Saturday. The meeting discussed key issues that effect riders and how they plan on make changes to benefit transit riders in the city of Sacramento.
A presentation about homeless LGBT Youth was held on at the Q-Spot on Wednesday, March 29th in Sacramento. The presentation was put on by youth working at the center. They went over facts about homeless youth in Sacramento as well as other parts of the United States. After the slide show they opened it up to the audience to ask questions about the information that was presented.
During the presentation, Maya, one of the young people putting on the presentation, talked about the troubles homeless youth face in Sacramento.
“There (has) been quite a few road blocks in Sacramento (to help homelessness), including the 2016 anti-camping ordinance, that continues to allied to the arrest of homeless folks,” said Maya. “This law allows for rampant discrimination. In a general synopsis it’s basically ‘you can’t have your belongings on the ground next to you, and if you do, a police officer is allowed to tell you to move, or to arrest you’, and these laws are wildly discriminatory to the undocumented, and the homeless.”
The Q-Spot also provides care packages for the homeless people who visit the center. The packages contain toothbrushes, soap, sunscreen, water bottles, and other necessities that a homeless person may not have. The packages are distributed to homeless in the Sacramento area.
“The Q-Spot is open everyday from 12 to 6 for LGBT and allied youth 13 to 23,” said Jessie, a youth program coordinator at the Q-Spot. “We have resources like showers, washers, and dryers; resources like hygiene supplies and warming supplies. We have different support groups that meet throughout the week. Every first Monday of the month is youth with disabilities, Wednesday is 13 to 17, Thursday is youth of color, and Friday is 18-23.”
The presentation lasted about one hour, and closed with questions from the audience. Many of the audience members who spoke up had other organizations to help the LGBT community, or to help the homeless. If you’d like to find out more about their organization, click here to go to their website.
The young people will eventually inherit the politics of the world. According to the National Public Radio, the turnout rate of “Millennial” voters is among the lowest of all the current generations at only forty-six percent. In case you didn’t know, Millennials are young people currently between the age of twenty-two and thirty-five. To some, there appears to be a lack of confidence in the government from the young people. In fact, according to Harvard University, young people’s trust in the political process is now historically low.
One explanation for all of this could be that there is a lack of engagement in the political process when the person is a teenager. Many teens in the Sacramento City Unified School District do not know that the district is getting a new superintendent. While this could affect their life greatly, many do not know anything about it. Many do not know who the current superintendent is nor do they know the fact that the current superintendent, Jose Banda, stands to receive extra retirement money by spending time just a short amount of time here at SCUSD.
This lack of political engagement in local politics could be one of the reasons why young people are not engaged in politic as they should be. There were efforts in trying to get the youth of Sacramento to engage in the politics of the Sacramento school system. The Student Advisory Council of SCUSD held a youth town hall meeting for discussion of the selection of the new superintendent. Despite a total student turnout of less than thirty, there was a discussion between young people of how school politics should run.
“I want to make sure all that all this information will be involved in the interviewing process [for the new superintendent],” said Natalie Rosas, Student Board Member of SCUSD during a student town hall meeting. According to the Constitution, “We the people” are the one who grants the government their power. However, what happens when the people do not participate in their government?
A job fair aimed at young people aged 16-24 was held last weekend in Downtown Sacramento. The job fair was a place for students and adults to go in and get interviews for internships and jobs or learn about the resources around them.
Many organizations and businesses came to the event to provide young people with the information they needed. Some of the many organizations that came were Wendy’s, Carpenters Training, Laborers Local 185, and the Sacramento Regional Conservation.
“I’m hoping that I can work out something with the many people who came out to offer job opportunities,” said 17-year old job seeker Angel Perez. “I’m actually a little bit nervous.”
The fair wasn’t only for jobs, there were also community service opportunities from colleges such as Sacramento City Community College.
“It’s important for the youth to be out because it shows initiative,” said Raul Rodriguez from the City of Sacramento stand at the job fair. “Were offering different business programs. At Sac City College we have 212 support programs as well as two-year degrees. It doesn’t stop there we also have stuff on financial and transfer information.”
“I met with the construction workers from the union and It may something that I could be interested in actually,” said 18-year-old job hunter Diego Santana. “I applied for Wendy’s right then and here pretty quickly.”
The youth job fair brought a good amount of people most including students who came as field trips from their schools. Many people who came to the event left with backpacks full of papers from the stand at the fair.