The Burbank Garden is located at Luther Burbank High. It is a part of an agricultural program for the students at the school. In this video, we take a look into what they are building and what it means to the students.
On Saturday, October 20th, the 5th annual Walk 4 Literacy was hosted at James McClatchy Park in Sacramento. This walk went from McClatchy Park, passed by the Capitol, and ended at Cesar Chavez Park and brought hundreds of people to bring awareness of the dropping literacy levels in schools across California.
According to Walk4Literacy,org, “Third grade is a pivotal point in a student’s learning. This is the point when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Falling short of this milestone has significant consequences including: students not graduating from high school, and those that do graduate are underprepared for college, careers, or military service.”
According to a study by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, two out of three American children do not read at grade level and one in six children who do not read proficiently by the third grade do not graduate high school on time. This rate is four times higher than children who are proficient readers.
According to another study by the National School Boards Association,it’s even worse for children who grow up in poverty. 22% of students who grew up in poverty do not graduate high school, and 26% of those who were poor are not reading at proficiently levels.
According to Walk4Literacy.org, “From the 2017 Walk4Literacy, $7,200 was be granted to local programs positively impacting children’s literacy in our community. To date, $37,200 has been granted back to the community organizations helping children reach grade-level reading. Our goal is to help every child reach grade-level reading. The Walk4Literacy is a collaborative project.”
While there are many issues surrounding the literacy of our youth, events like Walk 4 Literacy aim to combat these problems and hope to provide a solution. If you are interested in learning more about their efforts, please visit walk4literacy.org and make to watch this quick video about the event.
Welcome to another episode of the AccessLocal.Tv Podcast. On this show, the Neighborhood News Correspondents are talking about the upcoming elections and the importance of the youth vote. Their comments and opinions may surprise you! Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on the discussion in the comment section below!
On October 31st the Sacramento BHC is hosting their 7th annual Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Sacramento Summit. This event will take place at the Sacramento State University Ballroom starting early in the day at 9:00 AM at last until 4:00 PM.
“The BMoC Sacramento Summit is an annual full-day event which is focused on galvanizing community power and inspiring youth action,” said the Sacramento BHC, regarding what the event was about. “The purpose of the summit is to create system change by mobilizing young people and inspiring dialogue between youth activists and local leaders.”
With the upcoming midterm elections, it’s important for young people to come together at events such as the BMoC. Participants are being encouraged to use the hashtag #staywoke during this event and to speak on issues such as social justice, police brutality, and “schools not prisons”.
In California, with help from the California Endowment, student suspensions have been steadily decreasing with numbers as high as 400,000 fewer suspensions annually. Events like this help spread accurate information and provide forms of action for people to take part in, especially for youth. 11 other states in the U.S. have passed laws that help aid in the fight against the school to prison pipeline, following California’s lead.
The Sacramento BHC hopes to continue the momentum and spread more awareness about issues surrounding youth all while including the young people in the process.
To learn more about this event and how it helps the surrounding community of Sacramento please visit HERE.
Being pretty new to Sacramento, I wanted to dive right into the culture and go where the tourists don’t, or won’t, go. Plus, I love to write, so when I first moved here last fall, and I stumbled upon a job writing for a local news program, the choice was obvious, I went for it.
Almost five months later, I can now say that I have learned more about the capital than I ever thought I would, and it has been quite an experience. There are things about the city and the people in it that I didn’t even know I didn’t know. Things that just don’t get a lot of media attention. But that’s what AccessLocal.Tv is for, and it’s been a privilege to be a part of something positive in the community.
One of the most encouraging things I’ve learned from my time here is that there are so many people working tirelessly, behind the scenes, to make their communities safer, happier, and more self-sufficient. While it worried me that I had never heard of these efforts from watching the nightly news, it did make the work that they do all the more impressive. From my time as a Neighborhood News Correspondent, I’ve learned that the most progress is being made thanks to people and programs you’ve probably never heard of.
One of the biggest challenges I have had in this program is just being forced out of my comfort zone, getting the interviews, and adapting to different environments based on the story. But it’s that sort of challenge that has encouraged my love of learning. Aside from bringing local stories into the spotlight, I’ve also been able to talk to fascinating people who are passionate about what they do. That is something I look forward to doing as I continue my work as a Correspondent with AccessLocal.Tv.
For anyone who is interested in joining the AccessLocal.Tv team, I would say that it’s only hard if you make it hard. With a little discipline and determination there’s the potential for a fun and rewarding experience with great people. Plus getting your very own (laminated) press badge is pretty cool.
Below is just a sample of my experiences as a Neighborhood News Correspondent:
Music programs in schools have suffered since the 2008 recession. California schools were hit particularly hard, with over $109 million deviated from the state’s education budget and 50% of the state’s school music programs shutting down. However, despite these challenges, Sacramento students still work to fulfill their love of music by making their own and sharing the love with others.