Three Community Leadership Roundtable members, in partnership with their Community Incubator Lead organizations, have received mini-grants through the Black Child Legacy Campaign to increase community engagement in Sacramento County neighborhoods that are working to reduce African American child deaths. Community Leadership Roundtable members based in three organizations, Focus on Family Foundation, Mutual Assistance Network and Roberts Family Development Center, will lead innovative efforts in their neighborhoods, including a resource fair, a money management workshop and a partner convening for young people. This is a critical first step in the process of transforming community leadership efforts from individuals trying to make a difference into a strong movement for collective organizing and advocacy in Sacramento County.
DeVone Boggan, founder of Advance Peace, joined Sacramento Vice Mayor Rick Jennings, II and Pastor Les Simmons from the South Sacramento Christian Center, a Black Child Legacy Campaign Community Incubator Lead organization, on Capital Public Radio's Insight With Beth Ruyak today to talk about how the Advance Peace program works and why it has been effective.Listen to the segment.
After a weekend that saw multiple shootings in the Meadowview and Oak Park neighborhoods, community leaders are mobilizing residents, faith leaders and elected officials to join together with a shared commitment to stop the violence and end the needless loss of young lives. Co-led by Les Simmons, pastor of the South Sacramento Christian Center, and Jackie Rose, CEO of Focus on Family Foundation, community members held a news conference on Aug. 31 at Meadowview Park.See news coverage on ABC10 and Fox40.
South Sacramento Christian Center, Voice of the Youth and the Black Child Legacy Campaign invite the community to join a series of Peace Walks starting on September 1 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Meadowview and 24th streets. Peace Walks also will be held on September 8, 21 and 28, and October 13. Follow @SimmonsCommunityCenter on Facebook to find out about locations.
A Sacramento Bee investigation found that from 2010 to 2015, nearly a quarter of the 873 children who died in the county were black, although they make up just 11 percent of the population in that age group.Read The Sacramento Bee article
Two Community Incubator Lead organizations — Focus on Family Foundation and Roberts Family Development Center — partner with Children's Defense Fund to ensure students close the literacy gap and make academic gains over the summer.Read The Sacramento Bee article
Economic disinvestment and lack of political ownership have lead to high homicide, infant mortality rates.Read More
The Black Child Legacy Campaign joined members of the Sacramento community, faith leaders, city councilmembers and Mayor Steinberg for the Oak Park Peace Walk on June 30. See news reports on KCRA3 , ABC10 and FOX40.
The Black Child Legacy Campaign was featured in the BEACON art installation at K and 10th streets the week of June 19-24. This was a unique way of sharing our work to a broad, general audience. Learn about the project on the BEACON web page.