In This Issue:


Calling All Youth! Be Part of the Fresno Youth Commission! 


Last month, Fresno Boys and Men of Color, in collaboration with Fresno Building Healthy Communites, helped establish the City of Fresno's Youth Commission which will help provide young people a genuine voice on how the city is run.

Now, the City of Fresno is looking for a few good young men and women to join the commission. Youth interested must be 15 - 21 years old, and reside or go to school in city limits.



Covered California Navigator Program Awardees Announced 


Covered California announced its newest partners of the Covered California Navigator Program including Fresno Building Healthy Communities partners Clinica Sierra Vista and United Way of Fresno County.

Covered California's Navigator Program is a partnership with community organizations that will assist community members through the health care enrollment process and promote the value of having health care coverage.



Summer of Creativity Grants are Now Available for Youth


Are you a young person interested in making a change in your community through volunteerism or a community service project?

ABC 30 and Youth Service America are calling on young change-makers to apply for a Summer of Creativity Grant help make their community greener, safer, cleaner and healthier.

Applications are due by August 10, 2015.

For more information, visit


Grist is looking for a Justice Fellow 


Grist, the web's home for green news, is looking for a justice fellow to report on the issues, communities, and people that don't get enough play in the environmental movement.  


For more information or to apply, visit 


Job Opportunity - Sierra Health Foundation is hiring! 


Sierra Health Foundation -  a private philanthropy committed to improving health outcomes in Northern California - is hiring for a Program Officer, Program Manager, and a Program Associate.  



Listen in to The kNOw Youth Media Radio Show 

The kNOw Youth Media is on the air and running a 10-week radio program this summer, every Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tune in to 900 AM to hear young people discuss current events, pop culture, and community issues.


Movie in the Park and Backpack Giveaway - July 31st 

KFSN ABC 30, Comcast, and United Way of Fresno County will be giving away free backpacks to students ages 5-15 years old at Movies in the Park, Friday, July 31, 2015 at Eaton Plaza in downtown Fresno.

To get a free backpack, arrive to receive a wristband at 6:00 p.m. Backpacks will be distributed at 7:00 p.m. with a special screening of Disney's Big Hero 6 at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call United Way of Fresno County at (559) 244-5710.

Calendar of Events

Friday, July 31, 2015
Movies in the Park and Backpack Giveaway
Eaton Plaza
M Street between Fresno & Tulare, by the water tower
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Saturday Night Basketball
Fresno Police Headquarters
2323 Mariposa Mall
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Saturday Night Basketball
Championship Night
Fresno Police Headquarters
2323 Mariposa Mall
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

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It's Time to Open our Schools and Let our Children Play! Schools 


Fresno is ranked last in the nation when it comes to parks. Now's the time for our school district to help solve the parks crisis and open the gates so our children can play.

We need #OneHealthyFresno with #Parks4All!



Senator Lara's #Health4All Tour Makes Celebratory Pit Stop in Fresno  Health4All  


It was a time for celebration for more than 75 Fresno Building Healthy Communities leaders last week. Senator Ricardo Lara (D - Bell Gardens) made a stop in southwest Fresno to meet with community advocates and partners on his #Health4All Statewide Tour to celebrate securing $40 million to cover undocumented children starting May 2016.  


The evening began with the Senator touring the Clinica Sierra Vista Elm Community Health Center and learn more about how the federally qualified health center - and Fresno Building Healthy Communities partner - has been caring for the community with comprehensive health care services for more than 40 years.  


After, the Senator made way to the celebration to speak with the community about the recent victory for our undocumented neighbors, while also discussing the next steps to cover the remaining uninsured.  



"California has achieved a monumental victory by becoming the largest state in the U.S. to cover all children, regardless of immigration status," said Senator Lara. "This is a victory worth celebrating but it is not the finish line. Let me be unequivocal, our work is not done until we achieve full health for all."


Locally, Fresno Building Healthy Communities has been working to ensure everyone has access to health care regardless of immigration status. Earlier this year, through hard work and continued advocacy, Fresno Building Healthy Communities leaders were able to secure $5.5 million to be used for specialty health care services for undocumented Fresnans.  


"For close to two years, our community leaders have been fighting to save Fresno's only source of specialty health care for our undocumented neighbors while advocating for a statewide solution at the same time," said Sandra Celedon-Castro, Fresno Building Healthy Communities hub manager. "Locally, we are happy to celebrate that all children will have access to coverage and care, but it will take working together at all levels to achieve true Health for All."


Youth Score at Saturday Night Basketball Tournament   YouthShoot 


More than 20 teams took it to the streets of downtown Fresno last weekend at the 3-On-3 Saturday Night Basketball tournament. The second season of the long-awaited tournament brought out more than 200 people on its opening night and shut down the N Street block outside Fresno Police Department.


"We're happy to bring back the tournament this summer," said Mike Martin, youth liaison officer for Fresno Police Department and coordinator of the tournament. "The goal for the tournament is to give youth a place to be engaged in something positive and to get them off the streets and out of trouble."


The 3-On-3 Saturday Night Basketball tournament is a violence-reduction project of Fresno Building Healthy Communities and the Fresno Police Department. The winning team will receive the grand prize of $500 to Foot Locker.


The 3-On-3 Saturday Night Basketball will continue every Saturday through August 8, 2015. Games begin at 8:00 p.m. outside Fresno Police Headquarters. 


"Torneo contra la violencia" - Univision 21 (7/11/15)


Fresno BHC Action Teams Plan Goals for Rest of the Year 

Can you believe we're half way through 2015? In a short time, Fresno Building Healthy Communities' partners have made significant changes in the community that will help create #OneHealthyFresno - but our work isn't stopping here. Last week, our partners came together to discuss our goals for the remainder of the year.
Mentorship Program Launched for Fresno Women MentorshipProgram  

Unique Loftis, 16, is an optimistic student at Sunnyside High School. Like most teens her age, she has plans for her future. But she also realizes that there are obstacles to her goals. Loftis joined the new Fresno Young Women's Mentorship Program because she knows having a mentor will help her achieve her goals.

"I hope to gain a closer relationship with someone I can look up to, a role model," Loftis explained.  



Read the full article by The kNOw Youth Media 

For more information about Women Empowered, contact Seng Vang, Advocacy Specialist at  

Parks are a Public Health Issue  ParksPHIssue 


Every year, the Trust for Public Land analyzes the 75 largest U.S. cities and gives them a score based on how well they are meeting the need for parks. This year, the city of Fresno, California, tied for last place.


Don't get me wrong-Fresno has parks. I grew up in the Central Valley, and have fond memories of holiday picnics and family outings at Woodward and Roeding parks, the only public spaces large enough to fit more than 50 of my relatives. I spent much of my childhood in these urban oases kicking a soccer ball on the green lawns and weaving among the trees with my cousins. But Fresno has grown and further urbanized since then, and many children are missing out on the chance to have these fond park memories.


Community residents stand for #OneHealthyFresno with better parks at a news conference at Holmes Neighborhood Park.  



For more information about #Parks4All, contact Leticia Corona of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability at or Kimberly McCoy at
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