Youth access to employment: Sacramento & Long Beach

Searching for employment can be a daunting task for youth in Sacramento. With only one out of five teens successfully securing employment, options are slim. Fabiana Davila-Viera observes the lack of stimulating jobs in Sacramento, and says that a lot of work available to young people is not challenging or creative. She feels fortunate to be reporting for Access Sacramento, and explains the importance of media opportunities for youth: “Youth voices are not heard as much compared to older people’s voices.” Investing in our future entails more than building roads and keeping cities in tact. It’s about expanding youth and developing their creative skills. Read more about her on Access Sacramento.

Fabiana Davila-Viera of Sacramento, Ca.

In Long Beach, Ca., only eight percent of adults 25 and older have a Bachelor’s degree. Thomas Lick, a youth reporter for Voicewaves in Long Beach — who didn’t personally struggle in college but knew people who did—says that the cause could be the difference in support as students progress through grades. While students are walked through step-by-step in elementary, middle and high school, they are left on their own in college; this can lead to confusion, frustration and lack of information. “I am merely summarizing,” Lick says when asked how he gets by on two minimum wage paying jobs. He thinks that while the talk about $15 an hour would be nice, minimum wage paying jobs like retail stores and restaurants should find a way to provide stability in the workers’ hours.