Pop-up Events Provide Positive Opportunities for Youth to Gather

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(SACRAMENTO) – In light of recent unrest spearheaded at local malls by area teens, local leaders are joining forces to give them positive opportunities.

Leaders joined Chet Hewitt, President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and The Center, and Mayor Darrell Steinberg at a press conference Thursday at the Greater Sacramento Urban League to announce a series of pop-up events aimed at supporting community-based organizations working in underserved Sacramento neighborhoods to engage youth in their areas.

The pop-up events will be held simultaneously throughout the city on Jan. 4 between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6.

The events are designed to provide positive, safe environments and activities for all local youth as they prepare to return to school. The community organizations participating in the citywide pop-up effort are trusted partners in their communities and understand the importance of positive youth development, which includes the delivery of social activities that provide healthy experiences for children and youth. Each community nonprofit in each of the focus neighborhoods serve as leading organizations for youth development work and are committed to the goal of institutionalizing accessible and culturally relevant services for all residents in the neighborhoods they serve.

“The goal is to have dedicated community members stand in the ‘holiday gap,’ providing positive youth development strategies and alleviating unsupported out-of-school-time that can lead to escalated issues involving youth,” said Hewitt, who is also president and co-chair of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths and co-founder of the BUILD.BLACK.Coalition.

“Sacramento is resilient and our youth are, too,” Mayor Steinberg said.

“Together with trusted partners in the community and with the youth themselves, our goal is always to ensure there are healthy, safe places for our youth and all of our community.”

Scheduled youth events will feature a variety of activities chosen by and for the particular neighborhood, including painting, dancing, roller skating, haircuts, food, prizes and more.

Friday, January 4 pop ups include:

Asian Resources Inc. Community Resources from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 5100 El Paraiso Avenue;

Brother to Brother from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Greater Sacramento Urban League, 3725 Marysville Boulevard;

Building Healthy Communities and Always Knocking from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 5212 Lemon Avenue;

The Greater Sacramento Urban League at the Ephraim Williams Family Life Center from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. at 4036 14th Avenue;

Hmong Youth and Parents United at 631 Eleanor Avenue from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Iu-Mien Community Services from 3-9 p.m. at 5625 Stockton Boulevard;

La Familia from 4 to 8 p.m. at 3301 37th Avenue;

Mutual Assistance Network and Liberty Towers from 6 to 10 p.m.
2700 Auburn Boulevard;

Roberts Family Development Center from 4 to 9 p.m. at MLK Tech, 3051 Fairfield Street;

The Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center from 5 to 10 p.m. At 2450 Meadowview Road;

Self Awareness and Recovery from 4 to 10 p.m. At 4625 44th St., Room 22; Sol Collective – from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2574 21st St;

South Sacramento Christian Center from 5 to 10 p.m. at 25
Massie Court.

On Saturday, January 5, locations include:

Voices of the Youth from 6 to 10 p.m. at 4625 44th St. Hmong Youth;

Parents United (Saturday and Sunday) from 4-8 p.m. at 631 Eleanor Avenue.

Participating organizations include organizations serving their neighborhoods as Community Incubator Leads for the Black Child Legacy Campaign. All Community Incubator Leads provide crisis response and violence intervention and prevention strategies in each of the seven targeted neighborhoods of Arden Arcade, Del Paso Heights/North Sacramento, North Highlands/Foothill Farms, Oak Park, Fruitridge/Stockton, Valley Hi and Meadowview. These organizations have grown to serve a diverse population of family and youth. Participating organizations also include organizations collectively addressing health, education, employment and justice system disparities for young men of color through policy advocacy and systems change as part of My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento.

Learn more about Sierra Health Foundation at www.sierrahealth.org, the Black Child Legacy Campaign at www.blackchildlegacy.org; My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento at www.shfcenter.org/mbk-sac; the Steering Committee or African-American Child Deaths at www.shfcenter.org/raacd and the BUILD.BLACK. Coalition at www.buildblack.org.

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