In the Shine Cafe right on the corner of E street and 14th, an open-mic was held by Speak Out Sacramento. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, at 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm, people with artistic talents of all levels are welcome to come and share what they have created.
Ask most American school administrators and they will tell you that bullying has been a consistent issue. The Sacramento Unified School District has an Anti-Bullying Policy, as well as Bullying Prevention Strategies to help their students feel safer at school. However, some students still feel threatened.
“I was bullied for 6 to 7 years,” says Katherine Alestra, a high-school student who switched to charter schools due to bullying. “(From) 3rd grade to the beginning of 9th grade. I’d have to say 7th to 8th grade was the worst… I was scared. My best friend was like my bodyguard. If she was there, no one would go after me. I was told I was an easy target. Most of the time (the school) would ignore (the bullying) if it didn’t involve physical harm.”
According to one study, students who fear getting into fights are 28% more likely to be truant than their peers. In California, 230,000 students have skipped 18 or more days of school. One in three California students reported being bullied in previous years. Students who are bullied also have a higher likelihood of getting poor grades.
“Yeah (the bullying) really affected my grades,” says Charles Benidettino, an area high school student. “Before it got bad I was a pretty good student, (getting) like A’s and B’s, but once it got really bad my grades just plummeted to C’s, D’s, and F’s. I couldn’t go to school as much and I had to drop a lot of classes. The school didn’t do anything about it because they didn’t want to ‘offend’ any transphobes.”
Examples like these are leaving many wondering if schools are doing enough to protect their students from bullying. California loses $276 million dollars yearly due to absent students, and despite Sacramento Unified School District making an effort to prevent bullying, some students still don’t feel safe.
“The school should’ve had education about trans-people,” Benidettino said. “And zero tolerance to slurs being thrown around, and issued severe punishment to any bully.”
On Saturday, July 29th, an event called “It’s Our Time” is being hosted by the Sacramento Community Reinvestment Coalition. This event is a forum focused on criminal justice to community reinvestment. This event is located at the Fruitridge Community Center At 4625 44th Street in Sacramento.
This event is aimed to raise a discussion and teach the affects that the criminal justice system has on the budget of Sacramento County. People can come and share personal experiences and ideas for investments that can help people and keep them safe.
The “It’s Our Time” forum is absolutely free with lunch provided. Reentry is allowed and community resource tables are available. The Sacramento Community Reinvestment Coalition is a group of people that are aiming to in helping Sacramento County in transforming the criminal justice system to reduce incarceration.
They hope that the county will invest more in reentry, treatment, rehabilitation, as well as many other critical services for the community of Sacramento. Members of the coalition include the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Self Awareness and Recovery, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, and the ACCE.
This event starts at 10:00 am on the 29th of July and ends at 2:00 PM that afternoon. For more information on this event and it’s whereabouts click here.
As more local young people are entering the workforce for the first time, many are finding it difficult to find employment in part because of their lack of work experience. One possible solution to their problem are programs that help train teenagers in skill development and leadership. The Sacramento Building Healthy Communities project has provided support for a wide variety of programs that are aimed at preparing young people to civically engage in their own communities. A newly released report by the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity took a look at these programs to analyze their compositions and how young people are being affected by it.
For the report, fifty five young people who actively participated in local BHC programs were surveyed. Most of these youth come from a low-income background and only few have a parent with a bachelor degree. Latino youths make up more than half of the participants, followed by African Americans, and then Asian-Pacific Islander and White youth. The survey found that this racial makeup is also reflective and representative of the overall South Sacramento population at large.
Programs like those at the La Familia Counseling Center claim that “The community is our [their] top priority,” and Sol Collective seeks to “provide artistic, cultural, and educational programming, promote social justice, and empower youth through art, activism, music, and media experience.”
“Youth also commonly reported an increased understanding of health or other community issues (47%), and an improved ability to speak in public (45%),” according to the report.
From what the survey gathered, it seems that these programs are achieving their mission statements. Young people who are participating in their programs are learning through mentors with hands-on experience on how to better themselves and by extension, their community. These programs provide a place where the youth can engage in different cultures as well help them to participate in civic engagement.
South Sacramento is considered by many as the lower economic area of Sacramento. These youth programs offer opportunities that are very much needed in some of these communities, and could be responsible for producing the next generation of community advocates and leaders as a result.
Recently, Oak Park Sol held a free demonstration cooking class for the community. The goal was to build a healthy community and educate the public on healthy food.
The Neighborhood News Correspondents of AccessLocal.tv got the amazing opportunity to participate in the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute. Very few of the correspondents have actually travel out of Sacramento often so this was an eye-opening experience from every single one of them.
Girls on the Rise works towards giving young women a voice in their community. The youth find issues they wish to tackle, and bring their knowledge and discoveries to their annual conferences, in order to educate others about them.
2017’s National Summer Transportation Institute provided an opportunity for AccessLocal.tv reporters to experience a taste of a college education and learn a little bit about careers in the transportation and energy efficiency industries.
This event was hosted by Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose. This program is sponsored and funded by a grant from the US Federal Highway Administration. It extends beyond just San Jose and it includes various college campuses around the country.
While AccessLocal.tv reporters only got to experience three days of this program, students from San Jose High School Independence High got to experience a 2-week camp. By the end of it all, participating students received 3 units of college credit.
“It was a great experience overall,” said Miranda Villarreal, a YMCA Youth in Government program participant. “I was excited and overwhelmed by the new faces I got to see. I got to meet really out going people and my roommate was such an amazing person. What was interested me most about the event is when we took a trip to San Francisco.”
AccessLocal.tv reporters traveled went by train early on a Monday morning to San Jose, California. They checked in to San Jose State University to check out the dorms. Soon after, the reporters went to the Tech Museum of Innovation to watch a film that covered engineering and the history of technology.
Moving forward, the team had time to experience many of the museum’s many great attractions, including Virtual Reality booths, an earthquake simulator and more. One of these attractions had the team wear a brain data analyzer and participate in some activities. By the end of the end of the day, the device told each wearer how they were feeling throughout their experiences in the museum.
On Tuesday morning, the woke up early and ate breakfast before going on to participate in lectures from professors about energy and transportation in the United States. After that, the crew rode a bus to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. AccessLocal.tv reporters had lots of fun while exploring the beach and getting on the attractions. The day ended with a dinner at one of the restaurants in Santa Cruz.
On Wednesday, the last day of the trip, the team again had breakfast and quickly went on a bus to San Francisco for a tour at PG&E. The team learned about energy motives and how people can change it. Immediately after, the tram took a bus to the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge for a guided tour The view from the bridge gave the team an amazing view of the city of San Francisco.
Researchers claim that the consumption of certain fast-food menu items releases dopamine “good feeling” hormones and that overeating of these foods are found to be “just as addictive as street drugs”.
Paul Kenny, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., said, “Most people who are overweight would say, ‘I would like to control my weight and my eating,’ but they find it very hard to control their feeding behavior,” in an article in Scientific American titled Addicted to Fat: Overeating May Alter the Brain as Much as Hard Drugs.
Some in the field now believe that this could possibly be the making of a food addiction. “(D)opamine must be felt,” author Katherine Harmon says in her article, “and for that, the brain must have ample dopamine receptors. In many substance abusers a low level of dopamine receptors, either from the outset or caused by the behavior, means they increasingly have to seek more dopamine-inducing substances to reach a level of neurochemical reward they can enjoy.”
According to an article in ScienceDaily in a survey of 2,366 children between the ages of 2 and 12 years, 25% were overweight and obese and 19% said that they frequently felt feel unhappy. In a Taiwanese study from 2001, researchers found that children who ate fast food and drank soda were less likely to report being unhappy.
“Our findings suggest that consumption of fast food and soft drinks can result in a trade-off between children’s objective (i.e. obesity) and subjective (i.e. unhappiness) well-being,” the study concluded.
Researchers in the study suggest that policy makers “aim to improve children’s overall health should take these effects on children’s objective and subjective well-being into account to facilitate the reduction in childhood obesity without sacrificing children’s degree of happiness”.