NorCal Alliance for Health Center

Changing the Narrative In the NorthState

July 2018
R.I.S.E Students Rise Up As One
students infront of the White House
On June 26th, a group of 27 future teachers from Chico State’s R.I.S.E. Program visited the Capitol to advocate for their future students. After participating in CA4Health’s People Power Change series last year, Dr. Ann Schulte decided she wanted to build civic leadership into her summer class. Together CA4Health and the Center for Healthy Communities’ NorCal Alliance for Health Equity worked with her class to prepare them for legislative visits with local Assembly Members and Senators as well as Senate and Assembly Education committees.
These students will be placed in rural schools throughout the far north and as a class they researched legislation that would impact underrepresented youth from our rural communities. Their topics included LGBTQ+ training for teachers, funding for special education, support for homeless youth, school safety and need for broadband connection. The main purpose was to show students first-hand that they have a voice and it was a success. Here’s what they had to say about their day.

Meeting with Patrick O'Donnell
Meeting with Assembly member Patrick O'Donnell, Chair of the
Assembly Education Committee.
Meeting 4th distric senator Jim Nielsen
Senator Jim Nielsen, 4th Senate District.

“I really appreciated my day today because it made me feel more empowered as a citizen, not just a teacher, to have my voice more intimately heard by my Assemblymen and they listened to me and that was so Powerful.”
“Today was a really cool opportunity to learn that my voice matters and that I have the ability to not only be and advocate for myself, but for our community and our future students. That wasn’t something I really felt comfortable doing before and today really gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and realize that my voice matters.”
“For me it was interesting to see that there are actually people behind the decisions being made.”
“They need to hear from us more often and I want to inspire people around me to talk to their legislators and to vote.”