All summer long, the Neighborhood News Correspondents worked with young people in Sacramento to help them produce digital content and share stories from their communities. Those “Peer-Produced” pieces are published on our site, and at the end of each month all the submissions are judged and prizes are awarded to the authors. The following are the selections for the month of September:

1st Place:

I have embraced the working man’s struggle

By Edgar Eduardo Gonzalez

2nd Place:

Broken Door

by Nchimunya Milambo


By Sara Dixon

My College Essay

By Aden Mendoza

3rd Place

Sidetracked on my community service

By Nick Vang

Hidden gems in Sacramento

By Zack Johnson

The fruits of hard labor are always the sweetest

By Tejaswi Adhikari

A Long Way to Success

By Marilynn Wong

Health Professions High School

By Elissa Aguilar

Honorable Mention

Heritage Peak Charter School

By Wendy Ngo

Biting off more than I can chew

By Kristy Tern

What brought me to the brink of Veganism?

By Mark Westbrook

Epiphany of a Working Girl

By Valerie Vargas

In the Face of Adversity

By Ojau Adhikari

For young girls, hair can make or break you

By Catherine Chenault

Young people and tattoos

By Jamie Ramirez

A Strange Relationship With My Hair

By Bianca Bewley

I had no idea how my pregnancy would come to define me

By Bianca Bewley

The award for 1st place is a $200 gift card. 2nd Place winners will each receive a $50 gift card. 3rd place winners are eligible for a $25 gift card. Honorable mentions will receive $10.

If you’re a young person between the ages of 15-21 living in Sacramento who is interested in participating in the September Neighborhood News Correspondent’s “Peer-Produced Contest”, send an email to with information about your content topic. Submissions can be in the form of written content (blogs, reporting) or videos. Submissions should focus of community related news and/or experiences.

Congratulations to all the September winners!