Volume 53 | April 2019
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Hundreds Come Together to Reimagine
A Culture of Inclusion for LGBTQ+ Youth
Féi Hernandez, a poet and teacher, drove all the way from Inglewood to attend the Bakersfield LGBTQ Youth Summit at Cal State Bakersfield in March.
As a teacher, Hernandez saw the youth summit as an opportunity to give back to the community.
“I have been working very hard to be the mentor I never had — the teacher I never had,” Hernandez said. “This is why I’m here.”
The event welcomed people of all identities to learn about resources available in the community, to partake in a safe space and to teach those in leadership roles how to be inclusive and supportive.
The event was hosted by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) in partnership with The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Kern County Public Health Department, Bakersfield LGBTQ, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Teacher Education Department, California Teachers Association and Planned Parenthood.
Gloria Garcia, an LGBTQ community worker at CRLA, was excited about offering and informing youth about the resources available in Kern.
“This event to me means an opportunity to providing young people a resource that a lot of us older LGBTQ people did not have growing up,” Garcia said. “It means an opportunity to create a safe and open space for everybody to be able to be completely themselves.”

A Kern County teacher who attends the summit each year, and who serves as a GSA Adviser, reported, "For a lot of my kids, this is the best day of the year. The best day.”

Greenfield Youth Score New Soccer Park
On Saturday April 13 more than 150 people gathered at Rexland Acres Park to dedicate and celebrate the new indoor soccer field.

The facility is a direct result of one vision and three years of hard work by Greenfield youth. While youth were the backbone of this project, they honored the adults who provided assistance along the way. BHC-Kern's Comunidades Unidas team and former Kern County Parks and Recreation Director Bob Lerude each received a "Kern Super Guerrero" award recognizing their assistance and dedication in helping youth achieve their vision.

BHC-Kern partners Greenfield Walking Group and Bike Bakersfield offered fun activities that incorporated safety and health.
On Monday April 1st, the Kern Complete Count Committee (KCCC) held a special press conference at the Beale Memorial Library to launch Kern’s 2020 Census outreach efforts. The “Kern Counts” campaign aims to increase awareness about the Census and encourage Kern County residents to participate in the decennial count with a focus on Kern County’s hard-to-count (HTC) populations.

According to Census Bureau estimates, 27.2% of Kern County households are unlikely to respond to the Census. Kern’s HTC populations include Latino/Hispanic, families with children under the age of five, renters, households without internet, and non-English speakers. The KCCC is one of many efforts formed throughout the state to help ensure HTC populations are counted in 2020.

With an undercount, local government agencies and programs will be at risk of losing federal funds and important infrastructure investments. An accurate count is important because Census data is used to determine the allocation of federal dollars for government programs such as Head Start, Medicare, Pell grants, highway planning and construction, and reduced-price school lunch programs.
Town Hall Meetings in California City and
Arvin Regarding Education Priorities
Social Justice Concert
The Dream for Social Justice Concert will be held at Bakersfield College’s Outdoor Theater on Thursday, May 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with an art activation, resource fair, youth speakers, and special musical performances by Las Cafeteras and Velorio .

This event will focus on lifting up undocumented youth voices and empowering Kern County to get civically engaged for the health of our community. During the event, immigrant youth advocates will speak about local issues impacting Kern’s undocumented communities and offer solutions as to how the community can be more supportive of this vulnerable population--all in an effort to change the narrative that portrays undocumented people negatively and connect undocumented students and their families to local resources. The event will also be used to promote awareness regarding the importance of the 2020 Census. 

An artistic and cultural resource celebration will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. outside the outdoor theater. Doors open for the musical performance at 6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Free food will be provided to the first 250 registered guests.

Additional information about the Dream for Social Justice Concert and registration details may be found online at bakersfieldcollege.edu/student/dreamers.  
Call For Young Writers!
College Students!
In celebration of Mahatma Ghandi's 150th birthday, the Rabi and Naina Patel Foundation, in partnership with the local Gandhi Committee for Truth and Non-Violence, is hosting events throughout the year honoring Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence. The celebration began last month with a free screening of Ghandi at the Fox Theater.
Submissions are now being accepted from all Kern County high school seniors and all Kern County college students for an essay contest with $1,000 1st place prize and $500 for 2nd place.
How to Enter
Write a personal essay, in approximately 750 words, that explains what you think Gandhi meant by the quote:  "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind."  Discuss how you think the method of Satyagraha could be applied for solving the problems the world is facing today. Describe examples of what you have done or what you could do to make the world a better place, following Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence.
Submit an essay providing your personal interpretation of Gandhi’s quote:
College Students:
Deadline: May 30
Submit your essay in pdf format to: gcccollegeessay@gmail.com
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