The target population is high school and middle school youth from North Highlands, Foothill Farms, and Twin Rivers community. The youth in our targeted for Student Voiced have experienced higher rates of gun violence and third party homicides in their communities than other neighborhoods in Sacramento County. Youth targeted for Student Voices have been selected by their school or law enforcement to participate. Their institutionalized knowledge of the effects of such violence will inform key leaders and can become the guiding influence in solutions for ending it.
Student Voices allows elected officials, law enforcement, and other key leaders an opportunity to be informed by youth on solutions to end gun violence. We provide meet and greet, panel discussion, lunch, photo ops, and more. Youth hear from elected and appointed positions and have opportunities to make suggestions or ask questions. Moderators thoughtfully guide discussions to ensure the work advances and that Influential Listeners are given equal opportunity to hear from youth.
This program is made possible through collaborative effort of Twin Rivers School District, Liberty Towers Church, Crime Pays, Sacramento City Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office, Judge Steven Bailey, and others. We have worked hard to ensure that Student Voices 2018 lifts the voices of students by collaborating to provide a powerful platform of influential listeners who care.
"Liberty Towers hopes to ensure that students feel that their voices are heard and that they have a seat at the community table. Influential Listeners should feel informed by student voices. This will improve relationships with youth and the justice system. Student Voices is the start of an inclusive conversation about safety in the community and in our schools."
Ross Schneider - BCLC Program Administrator