Youth workgroup identifies community needs

South Sacramento was chosen as a site for the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative because it was relatively lacking in certain areas of community health. One goal tagged by the foundation as vital was supporting community members’ engagement in the process of transforming their own neighborhoods, and engaging youth in that process. Called on to identify problems for young […]

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School district proposal puts money in the wrong places, advocates say

Local groups want the superintendent to reject the Kern High School District’s budget proposal, which they say does not follow the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) regulations. The budget submitted by the district distributes new money evenly across campuses, while part of the aim of LCFF is to allocate more funds to schools whose students have higher needs. “We’ve been to […]

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Residents mobilize to clean up streets

With crime rates down, Boyle Heights residents are focusing on how their neighborhood looks. Community members have taken up the task of rescuing neighborhood sidewalks from common blights like abandoned couches, mattresses and old televisions. Volunteers recently organized a cleanup – the third so far this year. “For me, it’s uncomfortable to see trash in every corner. That means that people don’t really care about […]

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Campaign begins in Coachella to step up Latino voters

Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit working to generate political involvement in Latino communities, is spreading a campaign in Coachella to prepare for the November elections. The organization focuses on youth, recruiting volunteers from local high schools. “This election, though not a presidential election, has a huge impact on the families in the Coachella Valley. We are going […]

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Take back the alleys

For four days volunteers including residents, business owners, and artists convened to transform city alleyways by painting murals, installing signage, marking pathways, installing lights, weeding and planting, and proposing other designs to be determined by the community. The event culminated in a series of block parties.  See more in a video from Media Arts San Diego.

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Mixtec parents cook up community

A community cooking course in San Luis Obispo is doing more for parents than providing cooking and parenting classes; it’s also a place for indigenous people to learn Spanish. The cooking classes became a social outlet in addition to standard monthly meetings, say organizers. “I have noticed my families are more involved in the parent meetings… it’s been growing since […]

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Residents testify for ‘One Healthy Fresno’

Fresno residents gathered at Roosevelt High School for an event to spur dialogue about a more just distribution of resources throughout the city. Experts shared research on parks, transportation, land use, and health care access; Community members shared their own experiences and ideas for making Fresno’s communities more healthy. Click through the gallery to view images and quotes from the event, […]

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Program turns skateboarding’s stigma upside-down

At Skate 4185!, a community-based program in City Heights for youth, kids kids utilize their skateboarding prowess while participating in trash cleanups. The combination of engaging kids in their hobbies while serving the broader community helps keep safe, positive and on task. “What I like about this program is that you get along with people you don’t know, meet new people, and go on […]

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