The Santa Ana team of the Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps Program raised awareness of domestic violence in their community during a Community Fair held at the Santa Ana Boys & Girls Club on Make a Difference Day, October 25. The purpose of the project was to identify the many ways domestic violence can be perpetrated on a victim – physical, mental, emotional, economic – and provide resources for residents and potential victims to prevent, report, and recover from violent incidents. The Boys & Girls Club, Human Options, the Santa Ana College of Continuing Education, and over 90 youth and adult volunteers collaborated with the Santa Ana team to stage the event.
Photo Caption: AmeriCorps Member Jazmine Espinoza shares information on domestic violence with a community member.
On October 25, the South Kern Team of the Building Healthy Communities AmeriCorps Program served on Make Difference Day by promoting ways for households to prepare for natural disasters at a Fall Festival in the Greenfield community. The event was held at McKee Middle School and included engaging activities to encourage families to plan for unexpected emergencies. The AmeriCorps team partnered with the South Kern Building Healthy Communities Initiative, McKee Middle School, McKee Club Live, Greenfield Family Resource Center, Bakersfield Police Department’s Life Interrupted, the American Red Cross, and Champions for Change, and over 70 volunteers to stage the festival.
Photo Caption: AmeriCorps Members Mia Sandoval and Izebel Ramirez work with a family to plan an escape route from a home.
Number of Years as BHC Member
Greenfield Middle School
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Wasco, California and Nuevo Leon, Mexico
What college did you attend?
What do you enjoy most about service?
Knowing I have the opportunity to empower youth
Favorite Music Artist
Neutral Milk Hotel, Arcade Fire, Beirut
Pride and Prejudice
“Let go or be dropped” (A Zen proverb)