The census is the once-in-a-decade opportunity to be counted in the country, helping shape the number of seats in Congress, the resources that will be given to Californians most in need and more. But what about the many diverse communities that are hard to reach or confused by misinformation surrounding the census?
For Census Day 2020, the California Youth Media Network is highlighting stories from those on the front lines across the state who are working to make sure each Californian is counted.
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Your census Questions, Answered
By Richmond Pulse – Every decade, the Census Bureau attempts to collect information on every person living in the United States, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. If you’re here, you count. In an effort to address questions and concerns regarding the census, Richmond Pulse tapped a census expert to answer questions from Richmond community members. Read more.
YES, COLLEGE STUDENTS STILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CENSUS
By YR Media – It’s required by law to participate in the census, but a lot of people don’t. In 2010, 1.5 percent of the Hispanic population was undercounted, along with 2.1 percent of the black population. While there are lots of headlines about the challenges counting immigrants and homeless populations, there is another group the census is focusing on: college students. Read more.
SINGLE WORKING MOTHER AND STUDENT SHAREs HOW THE CENSUS HAS PROVIDED HER FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES
By South Kern Sol – As a single working mother, Mata credits community resources, such as Head Start, which is available through help from census funding, as instrumental in helping her to maintain a level of health and wellness for her son, now age 4, while also allowing her to pursue her academics. Read more.
LATINA CENTER WANTS TO INFORM UNDERCOUNTED COMMUNITY ABOUT CENSUS
By Richmond Pulse – Community educators at the Latina Center have been working to inform the local Latino community about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census. Read more.
LOCAL ADVOCATE SERVES COMMUNITY DAY AND NIGHT BY RAISING AWARENESS OF 2020 CENSUS
By South Kern Sol – The countdown to 2020 Census means overtime hours and extra miles for tireless advocates like Cristina Camacho. If you haven’t crossed paths with Camacho, chances are you may have seen or heard her as a guest on any number of local TV and radio shows. Read more.