The question of who will lead the world of tomorrow might not be as clear cut but it’s a question many have tried to answer. Young people will be the one to take the torch once the older generation retired. Are the youth of the Sacramento prepared to make changes?
In a perfect world every socioeconomic group, every sexual orientation, every race, every identity would be represented in every law-making council. Democracy works when there is diversity in legislative groups. The Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA) recognizes that need. The SHA are using a 7-month, 80-hour program to help low-income people and people of color to have a voice in regional legislative commissions. The program spans from October 2014 to April 2015.
The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), funded by the Sierra Health Foundation and the California Endowment, is a program that aims to increase the diversity in the boards and commissions of the Sacramento region.
“Boards and commissions are often key decision-making bodies on important equity issues, around land use transportation, safety net services and health, ” states Veronica Beaty, Land Use Policy Director at SHA. “The BCLI supports people of color and low income people in being a part of the political process from the inside, advocating for their communities and a broader equity agenda at the systems level.”
BCLI trains low-income people and people of color to work as board members for various boards and commissions in the Sacramento region. Many of the boards are responsible for making decisions on transportation, housing, land use, jobs, and the environment.
“We work hard to make sure the BCLI curriculum meets people where they’re at, in a way that’s taliored to their interests and experiences,” states Beaty. “If you aren’t sure that service on a board or commission is right for you, the BCLI will help you explore your options and teach you valuable skills. BCLI will connect you with experts in multiple policy areas and other people in your community who want to advnace and equity agenda.”
The training will include lectures on public policy and procedure, exercises to develop leadership skills, help participant’s become more knowledgeable about equity, and show how goals can be accomplished in the Sacramento. Monthly forums will bring policy leaders together to discuss topics that are relevant in the region. Participants will also have some brief assignments and one-on-one meetings with area policymakers.
If this description applies to you or someone you know, apply by August 22nd!
- Passionate about ensuring that the Sacramento region achieves equity for low-income people and people of color
- Interested in one or more of the issue areas of transportation, land use, health, housing, or the environment
- Currently involved with a community organization
- Knowledgeable about public policy processes
Participants will become
- More committed to social, environmental, and economic justice for low-income people and people of color
- Experienced working across sectors
- Knowledgeable about local/regional planning or policy
- Knowledgeable of public policy processes
- Professional and well-regarded among advocates and decision-makers
The online application includes:
- Nomination Letter: Request and submit a letter from your Nominating Organization or Individual BCLI Alumni.
- Personal Details
- Letter of Intent
Contact Veronica Beaty, Land Use Policy Director, at veronica@sachousingalliance or (916) 455-4900 x306 with any questions.
Critical to a successful democracy is an informed, educated, and active electorate. In the coming weeks leading up to the big day, November 6, Access Sacramento will present programs designed to educate and inform. Are you registered?
Here is a list of the events and forums we will present in partnership with local governments, colleges, and other media organizations. We will publish specific dates and times here as they become available. Remember – if you don’t VOTE, you can’t complain if your candidate or ballot choice loses. Make a difference -Register and VOTE!
Elk Grove Mayoral and School Board Forum Programming Schedule
Access Sacramento videotaped the entire September 17, 2012 Elk Grove Mayoral Debate in partnership with the Sacramento Bee, Elk Grove Patch, and the Elk Grove News….. here is the complete schedule for the replay of the program between now and the election.
This Hometown TV “Elk Grove Mayoral Debate”, featuring political candidates running for office in the Elk Grove community, has been scheduled as follows on Access Sacramento Channel 17 and streamed on www.AccessSacramento.org :
Sunday, September 30th @ 5:00pm
Monday, October 1st @ 9:00am (Internet Only)
Tuesday, October 2nd @ 1:00am
Saturday, October 6th @ 11:00pm
Sunday, October 7th @ 3:00pm
Monday, October 8th @ 7:00am
Sunday, October 14th @ 6:00pm
Monday, October 15th @ 10:00am (Internet Only)
Tuesday, October 16th @ 2:00am
Saturday, October 20th @ 6:00pm
Sunday, October 21st @ 10:00am
Monday, October 22nd @ 2:00am
Sunday, November 4th @ 10:00pm
Monday, November 5th @ 2:00pm (Internet Only)
Tuesday, November 6th @ 6:00am
Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Lynn Wheat Records Campaign Statement
All candidates are invited to schedule the Access Sacramento “Green Studio” and create short video statements to be seen on our channels and shared on-demand at various social media sites. Lynn Wheat did just that. For as little as $150, any candidate is welcome to look into the camera and make their “pitch”. Call (916) 456-8600 ext. 112 to make the arrangements.
Watch APAPA Challenge the Candidates