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.
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The 2nd annual Truth Be Told: Justice Through My Eyes film festival hosted by RYSE is now underway. It is a great opportunity for young filmmakers ages 13 through 24 to submit a film no longer than 12 minutes by the deadline of September 9th, 2016. The film festival is also looking for films that have a specific focal point on current and relevant social justice issues such as the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, anti-violence programs, the school to prison pipeline, the criminalization of immigrants, gender justice, food justice, and education justice.
But what exactly is RYSE? RYSE is a youth centered organization who continually aims to empower youth and young adults and give them the education and resources necessary in order to help become active members of their own communities and tackle problems that could be oppressing them and their neighbors.
“Empowering youth and young adults to navigate different systems and life situations is crucial to the work we do at RYSE and we understand that having creative outlets to release the impact of the trauma they face on daily basis is imperative,” says Youth Justice Director Stephanie Medley. “Our film festival, ‘Truth Be Told’, gives young creative filmmakers an opportunity to express and showcase their visions, reflections, rage, and solutions to many societal issues through the lens of their cameras.”
It goes without saying that the Truth Be Told film festival is a great artistic outlet for young filmmakers to really make their voices heard through the power of art and self-expression. This is even more so highlighted when considering the age limit of the festival itself. Cash prizes are also included as an extra incentive, which gives a great opportunity for young teens and adults to rise above their ranks and prove their ability as an artist and as a community member in their respective neighborhood. For more information on the festival or on RYSE, please visit their website at Rysecenter.org here.
You can also view last year’s winning film, STOP by Julia Retzlaff here.
Chanowk Yisrael is an urban family gardener on a mission to teach local community members in Sacramento the importance of growing your own food and how to do it.
Greetings and salutations!
My name is Jezer Serafica and I am one of the newest editions to Accesslocal.Tv’s staff and crew. I am very pleased to be a part of this team and am looking forward to assisting in any way possible in order to bring you the latest and greatest in local and neighborhood news.
A little background information on myself; I am a 22 year old student currently attending California State University Sacramento and am pursuing a Bachelor’s in Communications with a concentration in Digital Video. I have about 2 years experience as an editor and videographer, as well as some experience working in television back when I was still a student at Cosumnes River College. At the time the class was the Advanced Television course and we were in charge of creating CRC TV which aired on the local educational block. With these experiences in hand, I am quite anxious to see what I can bring to the table this time around being a part of Accesslocal.tv and being able to add more valuable experience and knowledge to my repertoire.
In my downtime I practice a ton on video editing and crafting opinion pieces or editorial review videos on video games. If I’m not doing any of that, you’ll find me competing in my local Street Fighter tournaments across Sacramento as part of the local Fighting Game Community.
My future goals include becoming a well-respected and highly skillful video editor, as well as getting into the field of video game journalism somewhere down the line, as it has always been my passion to rave about video games on the Internet and have young strangers share their opinion with me. That is pretty much me in a nutshell and I hope you enjoyed reading this and getting to know me.
My name is Ivan Caballero and I’ve worked with Isaac Gonzalez in this program for 11 months now. I’ve learned a lot throughout my time here. I’ve learned how to become a real journalist and writer. It has further pushed my career as an aspiring journalist. I’m very thankful to this program for the knowledge I have acquired.
I’ve noticed that people take me a bit more serious when they learn that I am a Neighborhood News Correspondent. It makes my life so much easier and makes my completion of work so much faster. When I began working for Accesslocal.Tv, I was hardly interested in journalism, I was in it more for the video production aspect of working this job.
Two months in to the program, I began to gain a passion for journalism. I started to recognize the complexity that comes with writing and reporting. That complexity, it’s what made me fall in love with journalism. Just a year ago, I was aspiring to become a movie director; that changed after I began working journalism. Making videos is still my favorite part of this job and will possibly always be since I’m so invested in cinematography.
I’m a 17 year old student with a passion for photography, cinematography, journalism, and comic books. Photography and cinematography being at my core. There is a very popular idiom that says “A picture is worth a thousand words.” For me that is true for the most part. I never know if the picture I take of someone will be used in the future over and over again. Who knows if a picture of mine will be referenced 100 years in the future past my time? Quite figuratively, I would be talking for centuries through the message of an image.
Currently in my family, I am the only one who is interested in media work. For my parents, it’s an absolute odd idea that one of their children is working on a career which is so ambitious. I often have to reassure them that maybe I’ve got a chance. I have friends that have been helping me along the way and who I’ve been returning the favor for. I won’t deny that pursuing a career in media is hard, But I just have to have confidence in myself to accomplish this long dream of mine.
I am hoping that I will have another amazing four months working here at AccesslocalTv and I hope I find a job similar to this one in the near future. And I’m excited to see where this term takes me.
My time working for Access Sacramento has been very beneficial and surprising. I had the opportunity to gain numerous skills and connect with others in my community. I have been exposed to new parts of my community as well which has made me more aware of the things my community has to offer.
Here at Access Sacramento, I have learned more about journalism in general. I use to think journalism was a very restrictive way of conveying information. However, now I have learned that if one properly understands the journalistic structure one is able to convey information in a more free style that allows their voice to be heard while still staying true to the dynamics of journalism. This is by far the most valuable thing I have learned here as now I no longer have this stigma that journalism is limiting by nature. I also have learned about different types of articles such as what a preview article is and what a press release is. Knowing things like this will help me advance in life as I am gaining knowledge in a productive, and fairly demanding area of work. Also, learning about various article forms was interesting because when I read articles I never think about various forms actually existing, I simply read the article.
Working with a news team has been quite profound. When viewing the daily or nightly news it has never been presented by a team of news reports, so I never had the idea that news can be represented by a team. Experiencing this also exposed me to various news topics and has in this way expanded my mind as now I pay more attention to news topics I wasn’t as concerned about before. Also, the simple opportunity to connect with new people in my community was rewarding, especially since we often surprisingly were interested in the same things such as writing, mental health illnesses, and college tuition.
My favorite article that I composed while working for Access Sacramento is entitled “School Gardens.” This article covers the long-term benefits of bringing gardens into schools and stresses the dire necessity of the modern educational system needing to emphasize other things than just traditional curriculums. This article is my favorite mainly because I am passionate about the topic being covered . I am very concerned about one’s health and feel that exposing youth to a healthy lifestyle and presenting it as significant as traditional educational topics by incorporating gardens into the modern school system will birth a more productive nation with an honest purpose. Also, I feel that morally the United States will be more sound as we balance our values between living healthy and expanding our minds in education. This article rooted from my passion for healthy live, which is why I think I liked it so much. Also, I liked that this article covered a topic that isn’t discussed much in news as it brings attention to something often overlooked by the multitude-which I find helps make a journalistic topic more meaningful.
Tips I would give to others wishing to pursue a job in journalism is mainly just cover topics you are passionate about. By covering a topic one is passionate about your work will naturally be conveyed better and more effectively. Also, by doing this you will have an easier time producing your material and in the end enjoy the process of producing your material. Also, I would advise one to expand their mind as much as they possibly and connect their topic to other things in the broadest way. This will make your material more significant and appealing.
I appreciate my time here at Access Sacramento and am very grateful I was given this opportunity to refine my journalistic skills and gain new ones.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the ongoing process in which children and adults learn and correctly apply the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to manage their own emotions. They also learn how to be able to show empathy and understand people other than themselves. SEL’s goal is to help children and adults to make responsible decisions overall.
According to a recent article on casel.org, “Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multi-year, integrated efforts are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills.”
It is believed by many people that understanding that the best way to learn to control and make responsible decisions is by having supportive relationships that make learning engaging and meaningful and that social and emotional skills are crucial to the foundation and formation of a person as they grow older.
According to Casel.org, at least 1 child in 10 suffers from a mental illness that severely disrupts daily functioning at home, in school, or in the community. Another study from Casel.org suggests that 70-80% of children in need don’t receive appropriate mental health services.
“What skills do socially and emotionally competent children and youth have?” an anonymous individual asked on Casel.org. They responded, “They are self-aware. They are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths. They have a well- grounded sense of self-confidence and hope for the future.”