Category Archives: Youth

A Year of Racial Tension

The last year has been a watershed moment across the nation in the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. I clearly remember, almost exactly a year ago, watching images on my television of Ferguson burning. Tension and mistrust between law enforcement and minority communities that have been smoldering for generations have caught fire, sometimes explosively, throughout the nation. It is critical for our community to not ignore our smoldering tinder, but rather work to extinguish it before we follow suit with what has been happening in other communities. … Continue Reading →

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Our Kids, Our Responsibility

While meeting with RJUHSD a couple of weeks ago, something they said really surprised me and stuck with me. A large percentage of EL students are actually kids who were born in the United States or have lived here all their lives. They are not immigrants. They have lived all their lives here, speaking English. So how on earth is a life-long English-speaker considered an English Learner? … Continue Reading →

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Preparing Parents for Back to School

Summer is all but done, and over the last few weeks, kids have been going back to school, ready to start a new school year. For many families, the days leading up to back-to-school day involve ensuring all pencils are sharpened, organizing notebooks in backpacks and maybe even some clothes shopping to have the kids look their best. But equal or even more attention should be placed on getting the home environment ready for kids’ return to school. … Continue Reading →

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RJUHSD – Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Education is the best social and economic equalizer and the key to improving lives and opportunities in the Latino community. So when it was recently discovered that the Roseville Joint Union High School District had neglected to utilize $328,000 specifically allocated toward helping English-learning students, we were naturally concerned about the resources our students were being denied; the lost opportunities for enhanced education and improved futures; and whether this was an isolated case of negligence or a systemic and ongoing problem. … Continue Reading →

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Latino Teens and Alcohol in Placer County

Recently our YEAGA and ALTA youth conducted a survey of Latino teenagers and parents in Placer County to try and better understand teens’ perspectives on alcohol use. What we found was troubling, and serves as a call for our community to look introspectively at how we facilitate underage drinking. … Continue Reading →

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Being a Role Model for Our Kids

Often we think our kids don’t listen to us or care what we think. But the truth is that they’re always watching and listening to us, and the examples we set go a long way toward the men and women they will become. … Continue Reading →

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