The Sierra Health Foundation hosted the “Revive With Girls On The Rise” event on Tuesday, August 14th in Sacramento.
Girls on the Rise
On Thursday, August 14th, the Girls on the Rise conference took place at the Sierra Health Foundation. People from throughout Sacramento gathered to hear what knowledge the many speakers of the conference had to offer.
Girls on the Rise is a local non-profit run by a young woman named Jaelyn Singleton. This program provides a space for young girls of color to work on community service projects and leadership skill development throughout their communities in Sacramento.
The conference started with a brief introduction by Singleton and was led into poetry. The event focused on self-care and acceptance, as well as how to fight oppression from where you stand and skills to get involved with the community and help people.
The event then entered into a yoga session after briefly talking about how meditation and yoga can help with everything from the way one sees themselves, being mentally present and tips for
managing stress. Participants then followed an instructor and went outside.
A panel of four women who help the community through non-profits helped the audience understand how they started helping the community, why they do it and what exactly was their “call to action”.
“My call to action,” said Carmen Martinez from Brown Issues, “is something that I have seen in my community, in Sacramento in general, is that certain parts of Sacramento are being gentrified and we have these people coming in from different places, different cities that are not from Sacramento and don’t know the people in Sacramento. Like, how they live and they come in here and they build all these fancy coffee shops, hair salons and breweries and all these things that are not accessible to our own people. So, my call to action for myself and for my community is to reclaim that space. Take that space back because this is our space and we need to take care of it and people say that gentrification is helping communities and making communities better, but it’s not. If people are becoming homeless because wealthier people are moving in, that’s not getting better and we have to take back that space because we know what’s best for our community.”
At the end of the conference, hugs and thanks were all around, and the participants agreed, Revive with Girls on the Rise, was truly a success.
On Thursday, June 29th, Neighborhood News Correspondents covered and participated in the 4th annual Girls on the Rise Conference that was held at the Sierra Health Foundation.
Many participants, though anxious, were very eager to learn about the prospects of being in the youth program:
“From the name of it sounds like it empowers women and girls so I kind of hope I can take some of that home with me today and put that into work in my everyday life,” said Cydney Randle, after the 18-year-old participant signed in.
The conference began with a presentation from Christine Tien, the project manager for Girls on the Rise, whose slideshow showed all of the successful projects the girls had orchestrated over the past few years.
Many of the campaigns focused on health and public safety as well as some directed towards better the education of youth in nearby counties, like the ‘Schools not Prisons’ Campaign which focused on encouraging the state to invest more money in schools than on prisons.
“We need to stay loud,” said Christine Tien in her presentation about Girls on the Rise involvement in advocating for equal health care assistance for Medi-Cal patients. “We need to support health care for everybody. We need to leave the playing field. So it’s important to stay loud and also vote, well, when you’re of age.”
The participants then moved on to different workshops and games that were lead by the current members such as yoga, lectures on the basics of food science, and musical chairs.
In between the workshops, the participants listened to current and former members’ testimonies on what they had gained from being in Girls on the Rise. One of them coming from a former members wrote a speech on how Girls on the Rise had impacted her:
“As we know, Girls on the Rise is a leadership and advocacy program dedicated to helping the health disparities in Sacramento but to me, it’s more than that,” said Jo-Lyn Xiong, former Girls on the Rise member of three years who now attends Cal Poly with a major in Food Science. “I got to grow with Girls on the Rise.”
Though the conference has ended, Girls on the Rise is still accepting new members to their organization.
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.
Girls On The Rise is holding their 4th annual conference on Thursday, June 29th from 9:30 am to 3 pm at the Sierra Health Foundation. Girls On The Rise is a youth empowerment program for young women in South Sacramento which teaches girls how they can make an influential change in their communities through advocacy.
Organizers of the event intend to highlight all of the activities Girls On the Rise members take part in year-round, so girls who participate in the event should anticipate an active day of workshops and group activities, and listen to guest speakers and mentors who will teach the participants about Girls On the Rise’s mission.
“What [Girls on the Rise] has done for me is that it’s shown me that there are sophisticated women out there who are definitely a presence in business…and it’s just shown me that you can be active in the community and make a change your community just by doing the smallest things,” said attendee Vanessa Tuttle in an interview with AccessLocal in 2014.
To learn more about the Girls On the Rise Conference and about the organization itself you can visit their website and Facebook page here:
On August 7th, 2015, Girls on the Rise hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Conference. This program is fitted to young women in South Sacramento who are learning to have a healthy lifestyle.
Girls on the Rise hosted their 2nd Annual Leadership Conference at the Sierra Health Foundation on August 7th, 2015 from 9am to 4pm.
This program is a leadership and service program offered to young women from the ages of 14-18 from the South Sacramento area. Their mission is to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their communities. The group participates in political related events, cooking demonstrations, and team up with the Building Healthy Communities Action Team. Throughout the past year, the program secured a garden plot at Oak Park Sol community garden and gave cooking demonstrations utilizing the vegetables, herbs, and fruit that came from their garden
“(Girls on the Rise) is a support education and training group,” says Kristine Lee, a Program Assistant for Girls on the Rise. “We help girls to find the community problems that they are most interested in related to health and community advocacy and help them to disrupt those problems, eliminate them, or just alleviate them.”
This conference was a way to show newcomers and possibly future participants what Girls on the Rise has to offer. It was a free event that included keynote speakers, workshops such as What’s On Your Plate?, Self-Defense, and Cultural Exploration, healthy food, and helpful information.
“This event introduces our work of the year to all the other girls to let them know what nutrition is and the benefits of healthy eating.” said Jo-Lyn Xiong, a Girls on the Rise participant.
To learn more about Girls on the Rise, visit: http://cchwb.org/youth-programs/girls-on-the-rise/
Girls on the Rise is a group which helps young women in the South Sacramento area realize their potential, increase goal productivity, and empower community activism. The group has regular meetings every month and tries to focus on young women of color. This specific meeting was circulated around the clubs values: leadership,advocacy, and service. For more information about the club, please visit http://cchwb.org/girls-on-the-rise/
On Friday June 20th, the non-profit organization Girls on the Rise produced their first annual conference to gain additional support for their cause of promoting healthy living in Sacramento.
“Joining girls on the rise was really amazing,” says Marilyn Wong, member of Girls on the Rise. “It’s a really great experience and you meet other people and open up your shell to get outside your comfort zone. I hope that the future girls on the rise can expand our recommendations and also work on them so we can actually see the positive changes in our community.”
Not only are the girls striving to benefit their community, but they are bettering themselves in the process as well.
“My favorite part of planning the conference was spending time with young women of like minds. I believe I grew a lot mentally. I wasn’t able to talk a lot in public but now I’m a lot more comfortable around people,” says Nancy Lor, member of Girls on the Rise.
The youth planned conference was day long and provided attendees with the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers and learn more about the mission of Girls on the Rise. Workshops focused on healthy living with lessons on nutrition from a Ubuntu Green representative and life and fitness tips from La Familia Counseling center. Following the workshops was a presentation explaining what Girls on the Rise really is and their plans to make a difference in the community. Issues the young women hope to address include the lack of nutrition in school lunches and unfair treatment in schools.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved,” Maddie Felenz, youth mentor. “There are so many resources out there that people aren’t utilizing like supplemental food programs. There is so much funding out there and specifically for the school lunch program and raising awareness to utilize those funds mo0re in relation to the school lunch program and just bring healthier lunches to the kids who need them.”
The girls in this program have taken the reigns and worked diligently throughout the year to put on the conference and have many potential Girls on the Rise and adults inspired by their work.
“It’s amazing seeing these young women stand up and lead this conference for young women put on by young women and in that vein I think it was very successful,” says Wendy Petko, Executive Director of Girls on the Rise. “They presented their plan for the upcoming year and we were able to generate additional interest for additional participants into the program for next year. We are looking forward to year two of the program.”
On Friday June 20th the Sierra Health Foundation hosted the first annual “Girls on the Rise” conference. Girls on the Rise is a program geared towards young women of color in the South Sacramento area. In the program, girls identify and find solutions to problems in their community. This year the group decided to focus on healthy eating and fitness. This conference ran by the girls of Girls on the Rise was meant to teach other young women about health and what they can do for the community.