On July 20th, the Sacramento Land Trust Committee met at Southside Park Co-housing. They discussed the need for expansion, and how they plan to reach more Sacramento residents. The Sacramento Land Trust Committee, a nonprofit organization, aims to build equity for low to moderate-income residents.
As much as one may hear that young people are the future, you don’t often see many people give youth the platform they need to prove that. Thankfully, the District 5 Youth Advisory Council is holding a Youth Town Hall for Sacramento youth to provide just that.
The 2018 Youth Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, August 8th at 6 PM at Hollywood Park Elementary School, 4915 Harte Way in Sacramento. The Town Hall will be open to youth between the ages of 13 to 18 to share their ideas to improve the community in the future in front of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Jay Schenirer, and many other local policymakers.
“What I took out of this event is that the youth is ready,” said Tyrell Bell, a Sacramento resident who attended last years Youth Town Hall. “I’ve always assumed that, I’ve always assumed that the youth is ready for change. It doesn’t matter which generation you look at, all of us want to see change.”
At last years first ever Youth Town Hall, over 65 Sacramento young people came out to share their ideas and concerns. Mayor Steinberg is on the record as saying that one of his top three priorities while in office is youth. The 2018 Youth Town Hall will hopefully bring more Sacramento youth to speak to Mayor Steinberg himself. It aims to provide the youth a platform to show that they have the minds to help improve the city of Sacramento for everyone.
For more information on the 2018 Youth Town Hall, call 916-808-2688 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Sunday, July 8th, The Latino Center of Art and Culture hosted the 5th annual ¡Fiesta De Frida! The event celebrated the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and consisted of Cumbia, food, local vendors, art, and a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest.
My name is Carlos Davila-Viera, and I was born on January 17th, 2000 in the city of Lima, Peru. I was born premature and as a result I was very small, like incredibly small to the point where you couldn’t even hear me cry sometimes. I didn’t stay in Peru long however as my family, consisting of my mom, dad, and older sister, moved to Sacramento, California when I was only one year old. Because of this, I’ve always considered Sacramento my home. When going back to Lima to visit, I get homesick because I’m so used to my surroundings in California.
I’ve gone to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to my senior year of high school which I just finished. That’s been a really big part of my life- not the fact that it’s Catholic but because of the people that I met there. When I was in second grade, my parents separated and my mom, sister, and I moved to Denver, Colorado because my uncle lived there. That’s what I consider one of the hardest years of my life, it was just awful. Getting to know new people, new places, going to a new school, getting new friends, it was tough and because of that, we moved back to Sacramento a year later.
When I returned to Sacramento, I met Joe, who would become my best friend, at the same school I had gone to. We were always in the same class but didn’t become friends until then. He lived right across the street from the school so I’d go to his house almost everyday. We’ve been together since then, through thick and thin and other cheesy things to say about a lasting friendship.
High school was an interesting transition because I was so used to a small Catholic elementary and middle school before transfering to a large Catholic high school. Luckily, my two closest friends in Joe and Jacob, who I had met a few years prior, were there to help me through that. I struggle with anxiety and self esteem issues so sometimes I become overwhelmed and while that wasn’t too great, something strange ended up really helping me with that.
The game “Super Smash Bros. for WiiU” is what helped me overcome these self esteem issues and escape my comfort zone. There was a club at Jesuit High School that was dedicated to playing the game competitively. I had it and played casually but I thought that I could at least try to be better, so I did and ended become one of the best three players in the entire club. This is where I met some of my closest friends that I hang out with almost every day. Meeting these people helped me open up and get over things more. They drive me to improve myself and not stop even when I face a difficult road. It was because of these people that I was cast in the Fall play at Jesuit, “Isaiah Says”, and it was because of the interest they had in my original screenplay that I continued writing it. Other than hanging out with friends and family, I like to watch movies, watch TV and play videos games,most of the time with friends and family. My three favorite films are Pulp Fiction,which sparked my love for film, Psycho, which I can watch anytime and just love, and, my all time favorite, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, a film that I can watch endlessly and quote almost every single line. My favorite TV shows are Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which is, in my opinion, the funniest show on television. My favorite video games are Tetris which I’ve spent hours on in one sitting, Kingdom Hearts 2 (a childhood classic), and my favorite, The Last of Us, a game that I’ve played over eight times, all the way through, and am still not bored of it.
That’s really all there is to know about me. I’m just a guy that wants the best for everyone, I would do anything for my friends and family. I just want to see everyone happy because I think that’s what everyone deserves. I like to talk about things that I care about and hang out with people that I care about. I’ve been told I’m a good listener and incredibly kind, not to toot my own horn, it’s what others have said.
I’m really looking forward to this experience, thank you!
On June 30th, Downtown Sacramento was host to the “Families Belong Together” Rally. People came together to combat the recent decisions by the Trump administration to seperate children from their parents at the border.
It has been nine months since I started working for AccessLocal.TV, and along the way I learned so many things about the community, and the workforce. Between my first and second term, we began working on a project outside of AccessLocal.TV.
We partnered with Neighborworks to produce a series of videos called Know Your Farmers, Know Your Foods. Over the spring and into the summer we worked on this project, traveling to various farms and asking the farmers a variety of questions.
In July, my team and I took a trip to San Jose to cover the Summer Transportation Institute. This was a summer program held at San Jose State University, in which students attending the program got college credits for the classes they took. We got to tour San Jose state, as well as go to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Our last trip was the Free Our Dreams event held at UC Davis. We went to workshops, danced, and played games. However, the most important thing we did during our trips was our jobs: interviews, photography, and videography.
The best advice I could give to new coming arrivals is always get your work in on time. Make sure you get interviews to give your article or video soul, and don’t be afraid. The more confidence you have in yourself the easier the job becomes; the easier it is to get interviews and the easier it is to get interesting shots.
Between May 6th and 8th, Sacramento was once again was the host of the #freeourdreams Youth Conference. Formerly known as Sisters and Brothers at the Capitol, the event’s name was changed to Free Our Dreams and has become an annual event which is organized by PolicyLink and Movement Strategy Center. Over 250 youth stormed upon the California State Capitol to hold over 100 legislative visits with lawmakers. Topics of interest for discussion included issues about health, safety, and the future success of young people.
The overall purpose of Free Our Dreams is to make sure that the power of the youth voice is one that is strong and to use that power to help change and advance policies and narratives that affect the neighborhoods of the youth by organizing a statewide effort at the State Capitol.
Youth were transported by bus from cities all over California from places like Bakersfield, San Diego, Stockton, Los Angeles and more. Participants were asked to spread the word and to hashtag #freeourdreams on social media accounts. They went to workshops to learn more about the planned march, social injustices and how they can help to overcome them. They took part in legislative training and preparation for their visits At the end of the first full day of events was a “Block Party” where the participants made their own signs for the march and rally, took advantage of a photo booth and got involved in other art and craft activities.
May 8th was the day that the participants were preparing for. The youth boarded their buses and traveled to the capitol with their signs and banners, displaying #freeourdreams. Participants lined up and began to march around the capitol before heading to the Sacramento California Endowment office where they would finish by hearing speeches from senators and youth participants. From there, the legislative visits began. Youth from Bakersfield-based South Kern Sol spoke on SB 68, a senate bill that extends in-state tuition for undocumented students at CSUs and community colleges. They met Ellen Cesaretti, a representative for Assemblymember Dante Acosta. They also spoke about SB 607 which aims to end suspensions for willful defiance.
“At first I felt really thrilled and then I became nervous,” said Jocelyn Cuevas, a participant with South Kern Sol. “I knew I had to be outside my shell.”
After a long weekend of preparation and work, the legislative visits concluded and the participants returned home in their buses. For many participants, the Free Our Dreams event was a fun and unique experience.
“I was sad when it was done,” said Nichole Castillo, a youth participant with Mid-City CAN. “It was a really great and fun opportunity. I got to meet and bond with other sites. I wasn’t ready to go back home. Not yet.”