Foster Youth Speak On How To Improve Foster Care System

Tens of thousands of children under the age of 18 are in the foster care system in California, with black and Latino children making up the largest percentages. Hear from foster youth on the flaws in the system, and the changes they’d like to see at South Kern Sol.  

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Bakersfield College Introduces Valley-Wide Health Equity Collaborative; Aims To Improve Rural Health With Policy Change

Central Valley health professionals came together to introduce an initiative to bring health equity to rural communities in the area. Read more at South Kern Sol. 

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‘Climate Change Cannot Be Solved Individually’: Delano Youth Marched For Environmental Justice

Young People in the Central Valley town of Delano joined an estimated 4 million other young people across the globe to march, strike, rally and organize for environmental justice. “It is our duty and responsibility to advocate for legislation that protects our environment. It rests in the hands of each and every one of you […]

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Targeted Harassment Of The GSA Club Shows An Unmet Need For Education On LGBTQ+ Issues

A young person recounts the experience of her sister’s harassment because of her membership in a GSA club at her school. “Discrimination holds a heavy consequence, and as a result LGBTQ+ youth show higher rates of struggling with their mental health than their heterosexual counterparts. It is no laughing matter for students to use the […]

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‘A Model For Rural Communities’: Early College Program Could Transform Education In The Central Valley

In rural areas across the state, getting teens to graduate high school can be hard, and attend college even harder. A new program in Bakersfield is hoping to combat this. It places students into a dual-enrollment program, offering college courses during the school day in an effort to put students on a pathway to a […]

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‘It’s Just What I Have To Do’: Teen Toils In Fields To Help Keep Food On His Family’s Table

For some teens, summer means no school, no work and fun in the sun. But for Carlito and countless others across the Central Valley, it means long hours under the scorching heat, working in the fields for little pay, pushed by necessity. Read about some of the struggles that teen farm workers go through at […]

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