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“The Future of Fathers: Will You Stay and Become a Father, or Will You Walk Out the Door…”
By Rick J. McPhearson
The future of fathers is a revitalizing, uplifting and real look at what many men will go through as they journey to fatherhood. It gives insight from one father’s perspective, and it gives resources and facts about where we are in society as fathers. It will challenge you, motivate you, and hopefully enlighten you. Use it as a tool, and let it serve as a guide to your future, the future of fathers where men are made to step up and take on the responsibilities set forth the very moment your child looked up, opened their tiny eyes and proclaimed you as Dad.
After turning everyone she knows against her, Alice decides that it is time to make a positive change in her life. But despite all of her efforts to do the right thing and stay out of trouble, she seems to be a magnet for bad luck and bad people. Unfortunately in life, it only takes one bad person to bring you down to the point that you lose all of your “thunder” and passion for life. Sometimes, it only takes one bad person to make you lose your very will to live. Alice struggles to find the inner strength to overcome adversity and open herself up to the possibility of true love.
Renowned Bay Area artist and educator, Milton 510 Bowens will present a series of
Adult Master Art Workshops beginning Saturday, September 8 from 5-7pm.
Attendees will create their own individual, message driven, mixed media original work of art.
More information to come!
“Operation Growth: an extraordinary journey of maturity, motherhood and black girl magic”
By Brandi R Richard
Operation Growth is designed to help women on the cusp of greatness, navigate to their personal next level. Through her authentic account of the struggles and triumphs of a single black woman, leader, and mom, Brandi has woven together a hero’s story of how to navigate to your personal next level. You don’t have to see it or know exactly what it is, because perfection is not necessary. Grit and tenacity absolutely are. Operation Growth is about determination and identification of your divine destiny.
What started as the small vision of developer Edwin K. Alsip and the Oak Park Association, grew into Sacramento’s first full-fledged suburb.
Beginning in 1887, with an initial division of 56 whole or partial lots, Oak Park gained a reputation as a community build by hard-working citizens.
In the early 1900’s, most residents had blue collar jobs working for the railroads, state fair, canneries and the highway commission. During this time most residents were White, with scattered Blacks and Mexican Americans.
The OPV opened in the morning.
St. HOPE’s largest economic development project opened with Underground Books, Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut, Starbucks and the Guild Theater.
40 Acres is the jewel of the SHDC efforts in the Oak Park community. The building was the historic Woodruff Hotel which was build in 1922 and was renovated by St. HOPE Development company in 2003.
The 23,000 sq. ft. mixed use facility includes:
- Guild Theater
- Underground Books
- Old Soul Coffee House
- Coopers Wine Bar
- Upper Room Apartments
St. HOPE is excited to announce MLB All-Star Barry Bonds as the special guest speaker for the 2018 St. HOPE Dinner to be held on Sunday, September 23 at the Hyatt Regency downtown. The St. HOPE Dinner attracts a sellout crowd of 1,000 guests and has included speakers such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, John Wooden, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber and many more!
One of our favorite moments at St. HOPE is celebrating our scholars during school promotion time. The end of a school year is always a time full of heartfelt reflection and excitement for what’s to come. As we gather to celebrate the achievements of our amazing scholars and reflect back on their unique journeys, we are reminded of their triumphs and trials, hardships and successes and are overflowing with joy as we set our eyes to the future!
The 5th Annual Black Book Fair took place Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. The Black Book Fair is held once a year to bring African American literature and authors to the community. This year’s featured authors came from Sacramento as well as different cities in California. There were also several national other authors who showed up from all across the country, including Florida! It’s no surprise to say this year’s fair was a success.
2017 was a fabulous year for St. HOPE, and you can check out a few of the details in our newly released annual report found here. While we are proud of our work in 2017, we can’t help but look forward to showing off our 2018 accomplishments. We have already seen tremendous growth this year in scholar achievement, and 95% of Sac High seniors were accepted to a four-year college.
The Oak Park Speaker Series hosted the second of a four-part series on June 11th at the Guild Theater with special guest speaker Byron Pitts. Nearly 150 guests attended the event, emceed by former Mayor Kevin Johnson and included remarks by Greater Sacramento Urban League President and CEO Cassandra Jennings. The evening concluded with a fireside chat with Mayor Johnson and award-winning journalist and author Byron Pitts. Pitts was raised by a single mother and struggled with severe learning disabilities.
May 2018 marked the 15 Year Anniversary of St. HOPE’s 40 Acres Cultural Center in Oak Park and was celebrated in many ways, including a major announcement!
Once a neglected and boarded-up building frequented by drugs and prostitution in the 1990’s, 40 Acres has blossomed into a thriving mecca of businesses, patrons and community events throughout the course of the past 15 years. The transformation is due in large part to the efforts of many individuals who believed Oak Park would once again become a destination and gathering place for people both near and far.
In the first week of May, more than 200 St. HOPE students and staff took a break from the classroom and participated in Chartwell’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen program. Chartwell’s has been contracted to serve school meals at St. HOPE for the last several years. The Mobile Teaching Classroom was very impressive and is a custom-designed shipping container modified into an 80-square-foot, fully functioning kitchen complete with three-sided belly height kitchen countertop and five individual induction plates.
Nonprofit research and advocacy group Valley Vision is moving its office to a neighborhood at the heart of many issues the group studies.
In July, Valley Vision will move from 2320 Broadway to 3400 Third Ave., in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood.
Bill Mueller, the group’s CEO, said the move is a good parting point for both Valley Vision and its current landlord, who’s planning a new use for the 2320 Broadway building.
Know some amazing students? So do we! This past month, three students, one each from PS7, Oak Park Prep and Sac High, were recognized at the second annual Celebrate Oak Park festival as Oak Park Smart’s top students. Celebrate Oak Park is an annual celebration of learning and student achievement for the schools serving Oak Park and is put on by Jay Schenirer’s WayUp initiative.
Underground Books and Old Soul were pleased to present the 15th annual “Best of Sac High Student Art Exhibit.” The exhibit showcases the school year’s best work by students attending Sac High. The exhibit is a board cross-spectrum of talented youth – freshmen to seniors, as well as a diverse representation from the three art pathways on Sac High’s campus.
PS7 Middle scholars had the opportunity to participate in our annual Pi Day carnival in March. Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi (π), celebrated on March 14th (3.14)! The event was led by our 8th grade scholars as they managed a variety of stations for our sixth and seventh grade scholars to participate in, such as field games, math worksheets, a Pi chain, and of course, enjoying a slice of pie!! Our sixth and seventh graders had a fantastic time participating as they were able to show off their math knowledge and teamwork skills!
Last month, the entire Sac High Class of 2021 (9th grade) was invited to spend a day at Google headquarters in Mountain View! The Dragons spent the whole day touring the #googleplex with a “Googler”, eating a meal from the Google Kitchen, and hearing from a panel of “Googlers” with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This trip was important for our students in that it opened up their minds to the endless possibilities available to them when they pursue and obtain their college degree.
Earlier this month, St. HOPE participated in the Big Day of Giving, one of the region’s biggest online giving campaigns created to support Sacramento’s nonprofit community by raising essential funding and allowing for nonprofits to continue in their efforts to make Sacramento a better place!
As hopeful as our staff and students were, we would have never expected what was to come on that big day! Securing over $60,000 in donations and matching donations of a $50,000 goal was more than we could have ever anticipated! EVER!
‘Chicken and waffles – and ’stupid’ fries – are coming to this trendy corridor’
Article Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee
BY BOB SHALLIT
May 23, 2018 12:01 AM
Updated May 23, 2018 01:13 PM
A popular Phoenix-based soul food restaurant is going into Oak Park’s 40 Acres retail complex next summer, bringing another destination dining spot to the once-blighted, now-burgeoning neighborhood.
Sac High Staff was awarded “Lunch on Us” from Schools Financial Credit Union in March as a way to acknowledge their hard work and influence on campus.
In partnership with Underground Books and the Greater Sacramento Urban League, the inaugural Oak Park Speaker Series is proud to announce an exciting lineup of speakers including Roland Martin, Byron Pitts, Terry McMillan and Carla Harris. Individual tickets and sponsorships are now available for the 4-part series that will launch on May 9 at the Guild Theater.
May 3rd marks the Big Day of Giving and for St. HOPE a day of HOPE and anticipation!
Last month Sac High participated in the “National School Walkout” during which students across the country walked out of school to honor the 17 victims shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in February. The walkout was initiated as a call to the U.S. government to pass stricter gun control laws. Here’s what one student had to say about it:
Sac High freshman biology students tackled the Regional Science Bowl hosted at Cordova High School on February 24th. After months of anticipating acceptance as an eligible team, the group of young men began to prepare intensely, studying every day during lunch and after school for the competition. They eagerly counted the days until the competition, discussing the new topics they had learned since they began practicing two months prior. The Dragon competitors studied concepts from basic biology to college level physics to ensure they were prepared to compete in the program.