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Some neighborhoods get pushed to the side, separated (figuratively and sometimes literally) from the heart of a city and left to face growing rates of crime, poverty, unemployment, or other harmful consequences.
For too long, that was the story of the Oak Park neighborhood near downtown Sacramento, California. Through a concerted effort by a local non-profit in the community for the last 30 years, we are seeing real change and an upward trajectory. The Oak Park story provides lessons and hope for similarly situated communities across the country.
Does place matter any more? It’s a hard question to answer at first.
Research shows that regardless of whether you are rich or poor, virtually everyone has a smart phone today. It’s today’s essential lifeline. Having a fast and reliable Internet connection is another matter, but most of us can get online from almost anywhere. Anytime. Day or night. We are completely mobile and connected, 24×7. So it really shouldn’t matter where we are, right?
Aizik “Aik” Brown proudly describes himself as an Artist and Educator committed to improving the lives of those around him, particularly in Oak Park. Over the past two weeks, Valley Vision has been fortunate enough to have Aizik paint a stunning mural on the outside wall of our new office building as part of Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls mural festival, in partnership with St. HOPE.
For the last two years, Street Soccer USA and PS7 Elementary School have partnered to provide 3rd – 5th grade scholars at PS7 access to after school soccer as an enrichment program multiple days per week. The partnership is funded by Councilmember Jay Schenirer’s Way Up Sacramento initiative to provide more healthy activities for Oak Park youth, and because soccer was a sport they wanted to pilot.
CCSA congratulates the graduating Class of 2017 at Sacramento Charter High School in Sacramento, 95% of whom were accepted to four-year universities. This is the second year in a row for the charter school to achieve a high percentage of students accepted into a four-year university. In fact, 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and all 23 California State University campuses accepted Sacramento Charter High School students to their school, as well as UC Irvine, USC, Stanford University, and UNLV, among others.
Sunsets in Oak Park continue to serve a lasting impression within the community-based event, Gather: Oak Park, taking a hold of the local culinary and arts scene every second Thursday of the month. On the corner of 3rd and Broadway, Unseen Heroes and the Oak Park Business Association provide the perfect setting for like-minded individuals eager to jump-start the weekend full of Sacramento spirit.
Nikki Giovanni: Passionate Writer + Poet, Relentless Activist And Never Ending Truth Seeker
2014 Speaker Series
Meeting one of the worlds most well known African American poets, Nikki Giovanni, is reason enough to be present at Indivizible’s November installment of the 2014 Speaker Series, next Monday evening at the Guild Theater. Yes, you should definitely be there, but you have to know there is much more to the “national treasure” than the beautiful rhythmic poems you’ve happened read over the years.
Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood has a deep history.
While the area is experiencing some levels of renaissance, the neighborhood still carries much of the character it’s known for.
Located adjacent to Midtown Sacramento and within close proximity of Highway 99 and 50, Oak Park development began in the 1880s and has since grown into an urban community.
The future of Oak Park is still unknown as development plans are still being discussed, but the area’s roots still stand.
LET MY PEOPLE VOTE is a prophetic voter engagement movement to galvanize faith communities to stand up and demonstrate what it means to vote our faith and values.
On November 4th, we will have the chance to vote for Prop 47, a proposal to “change sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes such as simple drug possession and petty theft from felonies to misdemeanors and direct financial savings to K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services.”
Last week President Barack Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper – a new initiative to help young boys and men of color to get ahead. Across the country communities are partnering with local businesses and foundations to connect young boys and young men with mentoring and support networks, providing them with the skills they will need to go to college, get a job and climb their way up into the middle class.