WHAT: High school students will speak on pressing issues affecting their lives to key Sacramento stakeholders, including Chief Daniel Hahn and members of Twin Rivers Board of Trustees and Sacramento County’s Board of Supervisors.  This event is hosted by Liberty Towers, the Black Child Legacy Campaign Community Incubator Lead in North Highlands/Foothill Farms, and will honor leaders who have fulfilled promises to young people.

WHY:  Those whose decisions affect the lives of young people benefit from direct participation with the communities they serve.  Student engagement and positive youth development are effective strategies in youth services that help to reduce violence and create opportunity.

WHO:           

  • Nearly 100 Students from Foothill High School, Highlands Community Charter, and Grant High School
  • Chief Daniel Hahn, Chief of Police, City of Sacramento
  • Supervisor Susan Peters, County of Sacramento
  • Captain Santos Ramos, City of Sacramento Police Department
  • Paul Durenberger, Sacramento County Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney
  • Captain Bobby Davis, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department
  • Steve Garrett, Sacramento County Public Defender
  • Linda Bridges, CDCR Superintendent, Northern CA Youth Correctional Center
  • And influencers from Sacramento County Child Protection Services, Sacramento County Probation, Department of Human Assistance, and more

WHEN:     Sept. 25, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. lunch followed by additional youth development programming            “Safe Places” from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)   Interview Availability at 12:00 p.m                          

WHERE:   Liberty Towers Church, 5132 Elkhorn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95842

ABOUT THE BLACK CHILD LEGACY CAMPAIGN:   The Black Child Legacy Campaign is the community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD) to reduce the number of black child mortalities.  Through the Black Child Legacy Campaign, community organizations, one in each of seven targeted neighborhoods, are being funded to serve as “Community Incubator Leads,” or lead organization, for the work in their neighborhood. The campaign has also pioneered the implementation of outstation County Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT), a unique partnership of county agencies and community-based organizations, with the goal of institutionalizing accessible and culturally relevant services in all seven RAACD neighborhoods.

In 2011, Supervisor Phil Serna convened the Blue Ribbon Commission on Disproportionate African American Child Deaths following the Child Death Review Team report that highlighted the disproportional rates of African American child deaths compared to other children. The Commission called for the creation of the Steering Committee on RAACD, which in turn created a strategic plan and implementation plan that is currently in year three of implementation.  The effort works in collaboration with Sacramento County, First 5 Sacramento, the City of Sacramento and multiple community stakeholders and is managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.   Learn more about the Black Child Legacy Campaign at www.blackchildlegacy.org and the Steering Committee on RAACD at www.shfcenter.org/raacd.

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