The Sierra Health Foundation hosted the “Revive With Girls On The Rise” event on Tuesday, August 14th in Sacramento.
My community is very special to me. I live on Lemon Hill Avenue, between 65th Street and Stockton Boulevard, directly across from Will C. Wood Middle School. I know only a few people who live close by my apartment, but yet, I feel connected to all the people who live on my street. Every time I walk my dog, I say hello to everyone I come across. Sometimes I receive the salutation back, sometimes I receive silence. It is that latter sound that drives me to improve my community.
Many people in my community are apathetic. That does not mean that they are bad people. However, it is a lot harder for me to bring change because of this. The street I live on is often filled with trash. When I tried to organize a community clean-up recently, many of my neighbors pushed me away. I felt like giving up against the odds. Fortunately, I have friends that reminded me that I should not give up. One of them reminded me that falling victim to the same apathy that fell upon my community would only make things worse. Another reminded me of how far I had come in organizing my event.
Thanks to them, I was able to make my community clean-up possible.
My community extends far beyond the boundary of my street. It transcends physical distance and extends to the people who support me in what I do. Not only do they support me, but point out my flaws so I can improve myself. My community is made from the people who are willing to struggle with me against great odds. I am thankful for my friends and my community.
To many people, participation is one of the key elements of a healthy and thriving neighborhood. Whether it’s through social media or face-to-face interactions, many people in America are now attempting to reach out and make new connections to their community. On the first Tuesday of August, many people have made it a point to gather for their annual National Night Out events. The purpose of National Night Out is to raise and bring awareness to the police-community relationship. One of the many locations in Sacramento where such a gathering happened this year was the Fruitridge Shopping Center on Stockton Boulevard.
“My husband is a volunteer [and] I have a son that is a sheriff for Yolo county, [so] I believe in people giving back in their community,” said Donna Shintaku, an attendee of the event. “That’s the biggest reason why I want to support the community, I love Sacramento.”
During this event, a Sacramento Police Department S.W.A.T Vehicle and K9 unit greeted the visitors. Area police officers and community leaders from the Stockton Boulevard Partnership and Fruitridge Manor neighborhood were also present. Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra came by to chat with the attendees and event organizers before leaving to visit other National Night Out locations. Under the summer sky, free ice cream was served to everyone.
“Your council members, your mayor, and everyone makes their rounds,” said Vincene Jones, a member of the Stockton Block Redevelopment Community. “It’s really a support for the neighborhood about crime. [National Night Out is about] getting to know your neighbors [and] looking out for each other.”
Despite temperatures which passed 100 degrees, about two dozen people showed up at this particular National Night Out event. New people met each other and strangers become friends. It was not just a social gathering, it was also a discussion between law enforcement and community members. National Night Out aims to promote the police public image. With many visual examples of police brutality over the past years, organizers believe that part of the solution is to get people and officers enjoying ice cream together.
The District 8 Latino Community Festival was held at Mark Hopkins Park on the 26th of September. This Latino community festival featured food vendors, musicians, muralists, and more.
Every Saturday from May through October, the Oak Park Farmers Market is held in historic McClatchy Park. On the most recent Saturday, many vendors gathered there to sell their own locally produced fruits and vegetables. Some of the vendors sold something a bit different than the rest. Dave Feldpausch, owner of Dave Pops sells a dairy free ice cream which he hand makes himself.
“This business of selling dairy free ice cream started from myself being allergic to dairy,” says Feldpausch. “It being pretty difficult to find ice cream, I decided to start making my own and begin selling them to people aren’t normally exposed to them.” Many other stands at the market which were on hand to promote a healthy lifestyle. A stand set up by students from UC Davis used a questionnaire on living a healthy lifestyle for children to come by and play with. If they won the game they could get a free fruit to eat.
Nate Turner, an employee for The Neighborworks Summer Vista Program, had his own stand where he was serving free flavored water as well as passing out flyers on eating healthy, exercise, programs, and more.
“I’m out here to… you know, be able to let those who don’t know about the healthy choices around them, and expose them to it,” said Turner.
Many people from Sacramento showed up to the market to either buy from the vendors and participate in the activities that promoted a healthy lifestyle. As people went around, stands were encouraging attendees to exercise for free produce in return or provided samples of their produce to convince customers to buy.
“I think this is a great opportunity for many people around this area to take advantage of the amount of fresh produce that is being sold here,” said Debbie Clark, a customer of the farmer’s market. “It’s difficult for some people in many different places in Sacramento to have access to fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. So having this market here is a great benefit to people in this area.”
For more information about the Oak Park Farmer’s Market and their upcoming events, visit their homepage at this link.
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Many low income communities, such as those in South Sacramento, do not have much access to healthy organic foods. Instead, they are given wide varieties of lucrative fast food industries to feed the needs of the growing citizens. These fast food locations even attempt to offer “healthy alternatives” that are “cheap solutions”. People in the community attempt to ease the difficulties of all these obstacles for the those in poverty only within Sacramento. In the Meadowview area, medium household incomes are about 15% lower than in the surrounding city. Some of the only places people can buy actual fresh foods is Smart and Final and Walgreen’s which both are approximately 1/8th of a mile from many households, also Bel Air and Food Source which are even farther away. Although in less than half a mile from many homes there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken, a Wendy’s, a TOGO’s Sandwiches conjoined with a Baskin Robins, and the notorious McDonald’s all within a fairly short distance of neighboring families looking for daily meals that is sufficient to their individually limited incomes. “I’ve been living in South Sacramento for more than 20 years,” says local 59yro citizen Don Matilda, “one thing that has significantly changed is how this city advertises the newest deals at fast foods restaurants in newspapers and on TV more than promoting local grocery outlets or farmer markets like back in the day.” This alone reflects how certain food industries are empowering themselves as a financial and physical reliable source for food to places in Sacramento that are enduring poverty.
Even still, there are many organizations who disburse community collaborations throughout the Sacramento region. They are working to deal with these institutional oppressors and are working to fix this economically endangering health risk. They promote local farmers markets where at low prices families can retrieve fresh produce and meats. Even with the organizations we have now, it is still necessary that these type of actions should also be attempting to reach aid out to the various communities that are not implementing these beneficial resolutions currently. More networking of people working in public government services to commonly provide more informational resources to families, adolescents and homeless people or youth struggling with the needs of getting healthy sustainable agricultural foods is needed in South Sacramento.
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
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/
Hello, I’m Ivan Caballero and I am a junior at John F. Kennedy High School. I was born in Santa Clara, California. I was raised here in Sacramento. I also lived in San Antonio, Texas from 2008 through 2009. It was a very interesting experience. Eventually, I came back to Sacramento in 2010.
Growing up, I had an admiration of movies. I would go to my local BlockBuster and rent about ten movies at a time. Every time I would watch a movie, I would always wonder how they film, perform, and act all the scenes out. My imagination would go wild. I would always think that I would have a great idea for a film in my head. That’s when I realized that I may want to be a director.
When I was five years old, my mother bought me a Flip camcorder, which at the time meant so much to me. After that, I got a better camera and began getting more equipment so that I could do short films with a few of my friends. My first short-film was awful , but it got better as time went on. I’m still learning but I have become so much better than I was when I began.
I also love to read. My friends and family don’t realize that I read a lot. I mostly read online or through my phone. Reading a book is almost the same as watching a movie. It can be just as immersive. Just like a movie, a book can make you feel, think, and relate a certain way to a story. The only difference about a movie and a book is that in a book you can imagine how the story looks on your own. That’s the glory of reading. It could take you to a whole other world in the matter of seconds.
I am also very interested in science related subjects, such as astronomy. It fascinates me. I love to learn about new things. There is a saying from Neil Degrasse Tyson- “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies. Know more about today than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You would be surprised how far that gets you.” I personally have taken that as advice for how I live my life.
I am the first in the family to have ever wanted a job that involves the media. I think being a youth reporter is a great start for the present and the future of my life. I am happy to be where I am and to have received this job. I’m excited to see where this is going to go!