In this video, I go to Carmichael Park to discuss the different types of activities that they hold there. I also discuss how Carmichael Park allows Visions in Educations to hold their activities at the park as well.
When I tell people I am home-schooled, the first question I get is “do you miss the social aspect of public school?” This question not only assumes that I have gone to public school, but it also assumes that charter schools do not have opportunities for socialization.
I have been with a charter school called Visions in Education for my entire schooling career. They offer classes that are set up like public school classes, so that way kids and teens get the opportunity to meet other students in their grade. I have taken many of these classes before and am taking some currently. Some of the most prominent classes are the Find Your Voice classes and the Enrichment classes, in which you get credits. However, there are more options for socialization that aren’t a credit-based class,credit-based.E.M. workshops, field trips, and enrichment classes.
When I was a child, I was always confused when certain family members disapproved of my mom for putting me in a charter school. They would say, “Your kids need to socialize so they know how to deal with life situations!” This confused me because I did socialize; I took Enrichment classes for science, acting, and writing. I met up with kids my age, made friends, and learned. But it’s lack of knowledge about charter schools that leads to the belief we’re all anti-social, uneducated recluses.
Just because I am home-schooled, it doesn’t mean I cannot function in the “real world”. Just because I do my homework at home, it doesn’t mean I do not have the opportunity to go out and learn. I am a proud student of Visions in Education, and I am not incompetent just because I’m part of something different.
My name is Julian DeLeonardis, I’m 19 years old and was recently hired as a Neighborhood News Correspondent. Having spent a long few months living in Europe and nearly two years living on a university campus, I’m currently back living in my hometown of Sacramento. “My community” for me means for the group of people I voluntarily spend time with. While I love my family and get along well with my neighbors, I consider my community to be the group of people around my age I come into contact with when I go to events that interest me and gatherings with my friends.
Being 19 in Europe puts you at the forefront of youth culture, that being clubs and raves for them, and at college parties of all ages at a university. The community of a 19-year-old in Sacramento, and in urban America in general, is somewhat nebulous and requires more initiative to become a part of. The most heavily populated district of town, the lavender district, consists almost entirely of bars and clubs that people my age are prohibited from, while people between the ages of 18 and 21 in Sacramento are generally out of high school and taking time off before college, if that is even a consideration for them.
This leaves my community as a group of people out of high school, meaning not going to their friend’s parents houses for parties, not of age to drink, and not in college or university. Most often, my community is centered around concerts and the local music scene. In Sacramento, the dominant ‘underground’ music scenes are the indie and punk scenes, based at run-down venues like the Cafe Colonial in Oak Park or the Red Museum in the industrial districts of East Sacramento, or at houses devoted to the scenes like the ‘indie’ Flop Haus in midtown or the Casa de Chaos hardcore punk stronghold also in midtown down the same street of 21st. When I think of my community, I think of the people coming of age before they’re able to go to bars and clubs that identify with alternative music scenes as a way of seeking some sort of community or culture to identify with. This is where I have met many close friends and where I would choose to spend my time and who with, making it my personal community.
This video is an accurate representation of a Tuesday morning in Midtown, Sacramento. I hope my perspective of the Midtown community can be shared by most of the residents.