This is an overview of the Youth Action Meeting that was held on March 23rd. The young people of Sacramento are encouraged to come to these meetings, and express their thoughts on how collaborative projects between adults and youth can improve.
On Thursday, December 17th, from 5-7pm, Nor Cal Mental Health America will host an LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group. They will be looking for youth who are: LGBTQ+ identified, between the ages of 13-21 years, and live, go to school or work in the areas of Lemon Hill, Stockton Blvd, and Oak Park. The exact location of the meeting will be given once participants have registered but will be in the area of Hiram Johnson High School. All youth participants will receive a $25 gift card and will be provided with dinner as well.
The focus group is being held to determine what issues are effecting this particular community, the youth involved in it, and possible solutions that can be formed. LGBT youth seem to face many struggles and this focus group will work to combat them.
To register and attend the event contact Emily Bender at 530-366-1777 by phone, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Thursday I attended the BMoC training to prepare and prep the oncoming Committee Hearing event. The meeting was something I’ve only seen in movies. Have you ever used a webcam? Now imagine being webcamed as a group representing an organization. No, representing a city. Now, you’re looking at a screen showing 3 other groups from 3 other cities. Yes, it was a crazy experience.
Back on topic, the groups from the meeting are all a part of the BMoC. Four committees pursuing the same goals from Sacramento, Fresno, L.A. and Oakland. We gathered to finalize our plans for the 7th and 8th of August.
The Committee Hearings next week will give us a chance to introduce our ideas and opinions to state legislators. It won’t just be simple and small talk. We will finally have an opportunity to sit down and share stories about the struggles we face in the community. About what we want to see be put into action.
On training day, we set simple community agreements to abide by while at the event and handed roles to certain members, such as greeters, receptionists and ambassadors. We summarized the agenda and discussed entertainment. Overall, we got a feel of what groups like us would be like if brought together. The best word to describe it would be; powerful.
I will be at the event as an ambassador, hunting down legislators to talk with; to share opinions and receive feedback, to hopefully leave these big guys with something memorable to look forward to.