State of the City 2017 – Home Run Launched
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon outlined the City of West Sacramento Home Run initiative last night during his annual state of the city address, with the goal of making West Sacramento the best place to have a child, raise a family and grow up as a kid.
“The City of West Sacramento has been able to recruit a diversity of employers and our residents are getting better skills through the West Sacramento Home Run. We are preparing our youth for high growth, high wage entry level positions today, and bolstering our local workforce for years to come. We want to give every advantage to West Sacramento children, from cradle to college or career,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “The West Sacramento Home Run initiative does just that.”
The West Sacramento Home Run is an educational and jobs initiative that combines new and existing programs for youth ages four to eighteen. It consists of four base programs:
- A child reaches first base under the Home Run by enrolling in Universal Preschools for West Sacramento’s (UP4WS). Under UP4WS, each student will be connected to high-quality preschool education.
- Once a student graduates from a UP4WS preschool and enters kindergarten within the Washington Unified School District, he or she reaches second base, which provides access to a guaranteed college savings account of $50, with the goal of a match for a family deposit.
“This partnership is truly symbolic of an entire village coming together to raise and support our children throughout their educational journey to have the best chance at a successful future,” said Washington Unified Superintendent Linda C. Luna. “We have a unique opportunity in West Sacramento to not only transform our school district but our entire community into one that is a gateway to extraordinary possibilities for ALL children—the Kid’s Home Run is the perfect catalyst to ensure our continued success.”
- Third base gives access for West Sacramento high school students to paid internships in a relevant industry sector or job-type if they are enrolled in an integrated college and career pathway.
“High school students with internships in their field of study have a competitive advantage in landing jobs and will earn more in their lifetimes,” said FutureReady Executive Director Chris Worden. Employers who offer internships build our local workforce, support our high schools, and create a sustainable talent pipeline to their business. Future Ready facilitates internship matches between students in career pathways and our leading employers. In the process, West Sacramento will become a national leader at providing incentives for youth to gain the skills they need.”
- Finally, a student reaches home plate when he or she graduates from high school in West Sacramento and directly enrolls full-time for up to one year in a program of study at one of the Sacramento City College’s three campuses. Tuition is fee free. Access to a scholarship of up to $1,000 will launch at a later date.
“This is an exciting time for Sacramento City College and the entire Los Rios Community College District. We are proud to partner with Mayor Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento on this innovative plan,” said Brian King, Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. “The West Sacramento College Promise, as a key part of the West Sacramento Home Run, sends a clear message to young students that the cost of a college degree is no longer a barrier to reaching your goals. We hope to build on this partnership and hold it up as a model that can be replicated throughout the capital region.”
Students will be motivated in this process by the ability to earn digital badges, or virtual credentials that track their skills development. Student completion of badges will unlock new opportunities for them, such as preferential hiring for internships, and help determine how large of a scholarship each student receives.
“With workforce development as a high-priority for the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, Kids Home Run knocks it out of the park for our kids, and our business community,” said West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce CEO Verna Sulpizio. “This initiative gives our Chamber members active involvement in the development and review of our career pathways so that the most relevant, industry specific, and timely academic programs will be provided to the students to best prepare them for college and entry level careers. With the Chamber’s ongoing participation, we will ensure that West Sacramento kids have the best opportunity possible to build their skills and be prepared for our ever-changing job market.”
The initiative begins in the summer of 2017 and is funded by a quarter percent sales tax revenue from ballot Measure E passed by 65% of West Sacramento voters in November, 2016. The measure helps fund potential areas of investment: repairing roads, building and maintaining bicycle/pedestrian trails, reducing homelessness and improving educational and career opportunities for youth, and enhancing internet access and use of smart technologies. The West Sacramento Home Run initiative is being implemented in partnership with the Washington Unified School District, FutureReady, a project of the West Sacramento Community Foundation, the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and the Los Rios Community College District.