Born This Way Foundation Launch- Report from Dulce Saavedra
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation
was just launched this past February. The three pillars of the Born This Way Foundation include safety, advocacy, civic engagement and opportunities for local action.
Dulce Saavedra, a Santa Ana BHC youth leader, represented us at the launch of the Born This Way Foundation. Here is a quick report from Dulce:
"On February 27 through March 1, I had the opportunity to travel with 14 youth and TCE staff to Cambridge, Massachusetts to see the launch of Lady Gaga’s new Born This Way Foundation (BTWF). Our goal through the whole journey would be to document our trip. So we created our #BornBraveCA hash-tag to report our adventure.We’ve realized that our new generation of youth is more apt to learning through technology, by reading posts and reblogging interesting things. We know that we don’t have a paved route to reach our goal of equality. But like Lady Gaga mentioned, simple changes like words of love can create and initiate this movement."
Leadership Class Conference and Graduation
The ten week Leadership Basics Course concluded with a community forum entitled "We Are Santa Ana." This forum allowed students to put into practice new skills such as facilitation and public speaking. Participants also out-reached to their neighbors about Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC).
A graduation banquet was held to honor and celebrate the culmination of the 10-week course.
Antonio Meza is one of our Adult Resident Steering Committee members and a student participating in the Leadership Basic Course. Here is what he had to say:
"We (Adult Steering Committee members) asked for a training in leadership and the SABHC Hub along with Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education were able find that training for us. We learned about public speaking, how to put on a conference, activities to facilitate meetings, and how to work together as a group. With all the topics we covered; the experience gave us a good foundation to be good leaders. On behalf of the Adult Resident Steering Committee we would like to thank Gloria Giraldo, Nancy Mejia, Enrique Olivares and everyone that worked in setting up the class room and childcare. A very special thanks to Phil Garnett, our wonderful leadership instructor."
Youth Empowerment Network (YEN) Youth Conference
On March 24th, an amazing group of young leaders conducted a full-day conference that was planned, directed and conducted by youth. Youth Empowerment Network leaders have been planning the event for over two months with the support of KidWorks staff and community members. From the Master of Ceremonies to the leading of workshops, youth shone in every role. Congratulations to the entire group of young leaders who dedicated so much time to the preparation of well-conducted and informative workshops on topics that ranged from the juvenile justice system, the educational system and how to access a college education to knowing your rights as renter and land use and composting. The keynote speaker was Yuri Lara, an inspiring young woman and artist from Santa Ana. The wonderful entertainment was rooted in cultural richness!
Way to go YEN!
Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development (SACReD Coalition)
SACReD is a coalition of residents of Santa Ana, Community organizations, neighborhood associations, small businesses, and workers and unions that work together so that the voice of the community is taken into account. SACReD is moving to improve transparency, participation, and accountability changes in order to improve the quality of life of all residents and would like to include the community in decisions that affect it directly. This coalition has been endorsed by the SABHC steering committee members as a way to move forward the work around healthy land use in the target area of Central Santa Ana.
Jaime Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) Update
By April 7, 2012, over 700 community members will have completed all 5 course classes on Board the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (JOFF) “Big Rig” Mobile Teaching Kitchen! The purpose of these classes is to learn that cooking at home is healthier, faster and less expensive than eating out. The mobile kitchen’s presence has been felt throughout the entire community (residents, BHC partners, local businesses and even our local hospital, Saint Joseph's has participated). Aboard the big rig, participants are taught basic nutrition information, portion sizes and the importance of reading food labels. Local businesses have offered discounted rates for produce and products to be used during the classes. Click here to read more.
Health Happens Here Video