Youth UpRising — a state-of-the-art youth center in East Oakland — is keeping youth on track through their Evening Reporting Center (ERC). Youth who would otherwise be detained in juvenile hall are allowed to live at home but must report every day after school to Youth UpRising to complete homework, use the computer lab, or to access an array of other services and opportunities, including a health clinic. When the program is over each night, the youth are driven home to ensure compliance with their court-mandated curfews.
Native Americans face many challenges — poverty, substance abuse, and type-2 diabetes, among others. But Willard Carlson Jr., a member of the Yurok Tribe in Del Norte County, is helping to build self esteem among youth by teaching them about the Yurok’s traditional cultural practices.
The residents of South Kern County live in an area with many health challenges — including substandard housing and pesticide drift. Today, these families are taking charge of their health by challenging themselves to quit soda and junk food, and increase physical activity. They believe that by doing this together they can make significant health improvements in their community.
Castlemont High School is taking school discipline into the 21st Century through their Restorative Justice for Youth (RJOY) program. RJOY is an alternative to out-of-school suspensions and expulsions that requires youth to take responsibility for their offense and make amends while keeping them in school and in the community. This program has resulted in significantly lower suspension rates at Castlemont.
Did you know a library can help improve health? The residents of Salinas know so and have turned their library into a gathering place for the community where they can engage in a variety of activities, including workshops, poetry slams, homework assistance and so much more!
Time banking means that when you volunteer for your community that time is put into a savings account for you so that when you need help with childcare, tutoring or another need you can withdraw that time in exchange for help. Sobrante Park’s Time-Banking Initiative in East Oakland helps bring individuals together to give and receive help while creating a stronger sense of community.
Purchasing vegetables and fruit can be expensive for families on a budget, and difficult for those living in communities without access to them. Ubuntu Green, a Sacramento-based community organization, teaches families — including those with limited yard space — how to grow their own.
Parents, doctors and others from the community joined together to bring health to Bess Maxwell Elementary School’s cafeteria. Alarmed by their county’s 44.5% overweight and obese statistic among Del Norte’s children and youth, they worked together to bring a salad bar to their school.