Meet Sac BHC’s Newest member Shakeya Bell…

“I am a rebel, with a cause.” – Nina Simone

My name is Shakeya Bell, and I am the new Administrative Assistant for Sacramento Building Healthy Communities. I’ve been living in Sacramento for about 20 years, and have been working in this field for about 8 years.. One thing I love about working in this field is, interacting and engaging the community. I firmly believe that anything is possible, no matter where you come from. Shakeya

I plan on bringing nothing but enthusiasm, and fresh ideas on how we can empower the area that we serve. My hobbies consist of playing with my niece Jordyn, meeting new people, and trying new foods.

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team newest member Vanna Hoang.

My name is Vanna Hoang and I am an incoming junior at West Campus High School. My hobbies consist of watching TV, playing video games, volunteering, attending service events for Key Club, playing Pokemon GO, and hanging out with friends. I am a very peculiar person when I get comfortable with certain people. I am a hard worker when I am assigned to a task, so you can rely on me.IMG_0260

My plans for the future are undecided, but I do want to become either a civil engineer or a public speaker. Although those jobs may not involve photography or filming, I do enjoy filmmaking and taking photos in my free time. I want to broaden my experience with filmmaking and photography by joining the Youth Media Team. I also hope to learn more about mine and other communities whilst in the Youth Media Team.

My main goal at the moment is to be a Pokemon Master.

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team newest member Weyman Ly

My name is Weyman Ly and I am a senior at Hiram Johnson High School. I am an obedient person. I listen to what others say and follow directions that are given to me. My hobbies are playing games with my friends, going outside hanging out with friends, and watching Youtube videosIMG_9047

Of how I got interested in filming was because of Youtube. I got inspired by all the content creators doing their own thing and editing it to make it more interesting to watch. It entertains me and I would like to try and pursue the life of entertainment by joining The Sac BHC Youth Media Team Summer Program. The program teaches me video editing skills that will allow me to try and inspire other people through videos.

A goal of mine is to start my own Youtube channel so I can start entertaining other people my own way.

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team newest member Caleb Saephan

Hello! My name is Caleb Saephan and I go to Fern Bacon Middle School, after my eighth grade year, I plan on going to West Campus. I am into computer tech and video games.

My hobbies are playing basketball and creating funny animations.
When it comes to playing basketball, I try to focus and I become determined. Whenever I create funny animations, I try my best to make it look as perfect as I can make it so that viewers would love it.IMG_9044

I joined this Program because my mother reccomended me into trying new things. But now, I regret not wanting to go because so far, it’s fun and I get to socialize with the others. Luckily, now that I can socialize with my team, they can now understand what I’m trying to say. But for now, I’m hoping that I can be a brighter and smarter person in the future from joining this program.

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team newest member Malika You

Hey, my name is Malika You and I’m an incoming senior at West Campus High School. I love to cook, watch movies, and play video games. I think that I am a fun and spontaneous person, however when there is work to be done, I’m always reliable and I use my time efficiently.IMG_9051

I plan on becoming a dermatologist but I have always enjoyed filmmaking and photography ever since I was young. The camera is an outlet for me to release my creativity and capture important moments. Joining the Youth Media Team, I hope to increase my photography skills and reach out to my community more. I also hope that it will teach me how to use social media as a tool to spread important information and messages.

I think that being a part of the Sac BHC Youth Media Team will be the highlight of my summer.

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My experience at Girls On The Rise…

On June 21st, I had the opportunity to attend and film the Girls On The Rise Conference. It was really interesting to experience the conference and their activities. The conference’s theme was Self-Care. Not taking care of yourself can lead to health issues.

There were several impactful and empowering presentations about dealing with stress, why self-care is important, and other people’s own struggles dealing with health issues that was led from lack of self care. It’s amazing to see these people who struggled with health issues and eventually becoming healthier.IMG_0103

During the presentations, there would be mini activities that had the girls critically think and engaged. Afterwards, the conference was split into two groups where they would each go to a workshop. The workshop was fun and provided useful information. Each workshop taught the girls the effects of stress and ways to de-stress.

The participants in the first workshops had learned that treating yourself comes in different ways. Yoga, meditation, exercise, drawing, music, reading, and more are some ways to relax and treat your body. One of the presenters had said that writing out your feelings or thoughts is a way to relax and release your emotions. Then they passed notebooks around where the participants could decorate and personalize them.

The second and last workshop included treating your body by eating right. The presenters talked about nutrition being a main component of your health. Eating food affects your mood and health. Eating healthy foods makes you motivated, positive, and prevents health issues while junk food leaves you sluggish, tired, and possibly at risk to different health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. Lots of useful information provided where the girls could apply them and take care of themselves when they are experiencing stress. After the presentation, the girls were lined up so they could make a DIY bath scrub, which was also a way to help de-stress.

Overall, this conference was an opportunity for many of the girls to learn, be aware of their health, and have fun.


Story by Jasmine Duong, Sac BHC Youth Media Team member

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team’s newest member Jasmine Duong.

My name is Jasmine Duong and I’m an incoming junior at Hiram Johnson High School. My hobbies consist of studying, reading, watching YouTube videos, hanging with my friends, and filming for fun and when I feel inspired. I’m also a 16 year old without a dream. I have always lived my life being criticized and told what to do. I was planning my whole life and preparing myself to be a nurse because I loved science and medicine and because I had to. IMG_8986

When it came to filming, as cliche as it sounds, it makes me feel alive because I don’t have to focus on myself or the future anymore but a camera and the videos I make. I love making videos for my audience. I want it to make people laugh, but at the same time spread a meaningful message. Although, I lost my confidence as a kid, I still want to keep going and reach the goal of making an amazing film. Filming will always be my passion.

I don’t know what I’m going to film yet, but I know that it gives me a stage whether it’s big or small. My voice can be heard.

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team’s newest member Calvin Szeto.

My name is Calvin Szeto, I am 16 years old, and I am currently a junior attending West Campus High School. I do have some experience with cameras and editing as I own a Sony HDR-AS20 camera and have used iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Some of my hobbies include shoe collecting/reselling, playing basketball and badminton, and watching movies. I feel that I am an unpredictable person, it all depends on how I wake up and the weather. IMG_8992

My plans for the future are to graduate high school, get into a 4 year college, get my Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch), and to be an architect and maybe have my own firm. I feel that the summer program will benefit me in the future if i decide to pursue a career in the field of media/ filmmaking. I am looking forward to going to places that I have not been to before, meeting new people, and covering the events.

Finally, my favorite quote is #YaTuSabes.

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Meet Sac BHC’s newest HCC Summer Intern Breanna Sharer

-changing the world starts at home
To me, health is about more than physical wellness. It’s spiritual and emotional well-being and a sense of social belonging and purpose. These other facets of health are, in many ways, predecessors to good physical health. For people to achieve physical wellness, they must first value themselves. To develop habits that promote physical wellness requires time and effort that can only be fully applied by people who believe they are worth that commitment. That is why I am so excited to be a part of an organization like BHC that approaches improving my community’s health from all angles.

Building Healthy Communities is about promoting community engagement and youth education, improving access to healthcare and healthy foods, developing safer neighborhood environments, and fighting against the inequities that plague this area. It takes more than good doctors and big hospitals to generate health in a community.breanna copy
South Sacramento is my home. There are many, like me, who have found that this city has provided them with all they’ve needed, but unfortunately, not everyone who lives here has the same opportunities available to them that I have had.

My younger brother and I went to different high schools, both in Sacramento, but had entirely different experiences. My high school had a retention rate of almost 100%, but my brother’s graduating class was nearly half of what it was when he entered high school. During the evenings, my brother and I like to go on runs to our neighborhood park. Should we have grown up just a few miles down the road, we might not feel safe running in the evenings, or even have a park in our neighborhood to run to.
Some of the smaller communities within Sacramento have significantly less than other communities, and few things contribute more to a person’s sense of self worth than does the message sent by their environment. For individuals to commit themselves to their own health, they must first know how, but then must have an environment that allows them to. This must happen at the community level. I believe that all people deserve the same opportunities to improve their own health and that neither zip code, ethnicity, nor pay grade should play a hand in determining those opportunities. I believe this to be true in all corners of the world

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Meet Sac BHC Youth Media Team newest member Matthew Cornelius-Germany

“To be able, AT ANY MOMENT, to sacrifice what you are for what, YOU WILL BECOME.” – Eric Thomas, was one the quotes the struck me the most because I intend to become something more. Something more then what either people, or statistics say that I’m capable of. I’m just some ordinary kid who’s not even suppose to be here to be honest, with a vision of changing these upcoming generations from corruption and chaos due to of the lack of  knowing self identity and awareness. I plan to leave a legacy behind, so generations down won’t have to go through half of the hardships I’ve manage to accomplish. mtymt


Aside from the little synopsis of what I’m about, my name is Matthew Cornelius-Germany. I’m 18 and music, sports, cooking and traveling are some of passions. I will be attending Sac City College this fall to not only enhance but to mold my talents to greatness for a successful near future.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to be apart of Sac BHC Youth Media Team. If it’s one thing that’s important it’s prospective, because a change in that leads to a change in our behavior in order to relieve us from what’s been holding us back from actually seeing one another. I’m excited for what this summer 16 will bring!

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