To many people, summer is the time for relax and vacation around the world. However to many educators and students, that will not be the case for them. This video showcases and looks at what summer programs are doing to keep local kids out of trouble.
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What is Summer Matters @ SCUSD?
Summer Matters encompasses summer learning programs that are designed to equip students with the tools and supports to strengthen their knowledge and skills during the summer months as well as assist students with their transition into their next grade level.
What will students do?
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities depending on their grade level. This includes opportunities from service-learning projects to internships. That main focus of Summer Matters summer learning programs is on strengthening literacy skills, math development, social justice, healthy eating and lifestyles, and physical activity. Our goal is to provide students with access to high quality service, collaboration, youth voice, civic responsibility, and assessment opportunities that are all integrated with academic learning content.
What are the program site locations?
Please click on the grade-level specific link at the top of this page to access site locations information.
Will there be summer breakfast and lunch programs?
No, Summer Matters provides access to free summer learning programs. All field trips and other activities are paid for by the district.
Please click on the grade-level specific link at the top of this page to access specific date and time information for each program. Some field trips may go over the program time. A note will be sent home prior to the field trip date.
Who will manage?
The SCUSD Summer Matters programs are run out of the Youth Development Support Services’ (YDSS) Youth Engagement Services Unit (YES). YES has partnered with various community based organizations to provide onsite management at the schools. All sites are required to maintain an a ratio of 1 adult for every 20 students. Each site will have an onsite Program Manager. The Program Manager will be supervised by a YES Area Specialist.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact the Youth Engagement Services Unit at 643-7994 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the grade-level specific link at the top of this page to access program specific applications and information. Applications will also be made available at your child’s school in the front office. Parents/guardians must complete the application and return it to their child’s school front office by May 25th.
Please drop off and pick up your child on time. Students are expected to attend the program daily and not exceed three absences. Students will be released at the program end time (specific to each program) unless program staff is notified by the parent/guardian in writing of an early dismissal.
By: Alyssa Bartholomew
The Summer of Service (SOS) program is a part of the Sacramento City School district where incoming freshmen work on service learning and community service. The students that participate in the program learn the ability to work together and help the community while having fun. Students get the choice of what area they would like to serve the community. My teammates and I chose Gang Violence in Sacramento because gang violence is a very serious issue in the Sacramento community. After researching the issue, we discovered that the most common age group to join a gang is between the ages of 12 and 14. My group was very curious as to why gangs have such an impact on young teenagers. We learned that most young teenagers look to gangs as a way to fit-in, they think it’s cool, or they want protection. Another reason young teenagers join gangs is lack of family support and they are looking to fill that void and be accepted.
We decided on creating a video for gang prevention and the impact gangs have on our community. In our video, we demonstrate how a good student and person take the wrong path when his family life starts to fall apart. This path leads him to violence, theft, drugs, and a lack of education. By joining a gang he risks losing his life, due to the violence or his freedom to jail, or even worse prison. In creating this video we also want young teenagers to see that they do have other options and resources than to join a gang.
Our goal is to show the video to junior high school students and demonstrate how gangs will affect their life negatively in the long run. We also want to provide resources for young teenagers who are feeling the pressure to join a gang. There are alternatives and support for gang prevention in Sacramento.
During my time at SOS, I learned how important it is to help the community. SOS allows students to choose what area they interested in helping the community.
By Xitlali Sedano
School. Work. Online. Home. These are some of the many places where bullying takes place. This problem is not something you can get rid of after you stop going to school, because this issue will follow you for the rest of your life.
In the Summer of Service program (SOS) each student gets in a group and picks an issue big or small in the community. Then as a group, we come up with a project to help the community understand the issue and to show them how they can make a difference.
Bullying is the issue my group and I chose because this issue affects everybody no matter if they are a kindergartener or a movie star. Our group decided to inform kids in the second grade because we want to help stop the issue where the root of bullying begins, in elementary school. We plan to do so by creating a book on bullying and with this book we want to read it aloud to them while acting along. The book is mainly about a Bunny who bullies a new kid, Bear on his first day of school. In the book we want to show all the different scenarios. In the story we have one character that follows the bully, we have another one who stands up to the bully and one who is a bystander to show the different ways people react when seeing someone being bullied.
With this, we hope to educate and inform kids at a young age on the effects of bullying. With the knowledge they learn from our story, hopefully they will carry this on and pass the information onto siblings and other members of the school.
In the SOS program, I have learned and experienced a lot of new things. One of the major things I learned was how to build up my group working skills. When you are in a group, not everyone agrees with each other, so it is important to communicate with each other and find a medium where everyone agrees. When we were assigned a business presentation, I built up my public speaking skills. I did so because in order to make a company sponsor or donate to you, you can’t speak like a mouse, but have a strong voice in order to show them that I am here and I want to make a difference.
I gazed over the crowd of five-hundred young adults clustered together at the first day orientation for the Summer YEAH Youth Program. Teenagers gathered from all regions of Sacramento in order to find a job through Asian Resources Inc. (ARI) summer program that they started 31 years ago. People stood along the walls and in front of the bathrooms in order to fit everyone. As Elizabeth Gonzalez, the coordinator, explained what the program was about, she mentioned not everyone will be able to participate. After turning in my 9 page application, I was one of 40 students to participant in the summer program. My expectations were limited to learning how to write a resume, wearing proper attire for an interview, and then start working at our selected work sites. However, it was so much more.
What happened instead was something empowering. In the two-week work readiness academy we did learn how to speak in an interview and create a resume, a lot of things changed. People from completely different backgrounds, regions, and ethnicities came together and made life long bonds that wouldn’t be broken. We built a community that extends the boundaries of our area codes. We realized that our dreams can be made a reality through hard work. We learned what being a leader means, and the traits of teamwork and dedication. We took our first step towards independence through participating in interactive role playing activities. The goal of the two weeks was to show us how important teamwork is and how we are all one. Every day we ended our time together with a Unity Clap, something that originated in the United Farm Workers Movement. All forty of us stood in a circle and placed our right hand our chest, listening to the heartbeat. Then someone would start a slow-clap and we would sync is volume and speed. We clapped together slowly, increasing in speed and for the final clap we chanted, “Isang bagsak,” which means “one fall” in Tagalong. Every day we were reminded that we fall together, and we rise together.
Forty teenagers participated in this summer youth program, but over five-hundred wanted the opportunity. We should all get the opportunity! However, as the economy worsens these programs are the first ones to get cut, and something needs to change. As children people preached to us to dream big and reach for the stars we don’t have the tools to reach our pathway. People told us we could be anything, do anything. However, as time goes on, the lack of resources, mentors, and encouragement disintegrate our dream but no way to get there. I found that empowerment to succeed through the Summer YEAH Youth Program,. How is it fair that only a small part of youth get the opportunity to succeed? Summer programs and organizations like ARI can’t continue to be expendable; they empower the youth in a way we can’t get through school or on our own. How can people tell us that we can fly, but only give some of us wings?
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A youth produced documentary about how we can all make our daily lives more green. It was produced by Latino Voices – a digital media, service learning program that was held during the SCUSD Summer of Service at George Sim Community Center.
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This is a youth documentary on SB 1070 produced by Latino Voices – a digital media, service learning program that was held during the SCUSD Summer of Service at George Sim Community Center.
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A youth-produced documentary about food desserts and food-imbalanced areas in Sacramento, with dialogue on what can be done to help solve this problem. It was produced by Green Voices – a digital media, service learning program that was held during the SCUSD Summer of Service at Luther Burbank High.
This project is a youth-produced documentary about how we can all make our daily lives more green.