The Art of Regional Change » Project


Youth Voices for Change is a community research project designed to help West Sacramento youth communicate with adult decision makers about the neighborhood conditions that affect their lives and their hopes for the future.   Through the project, the Sactown Heroes–a fifteen member youth group affiliated with the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition–collaborated with UC Davis scholars and artists to create poetry, comics, and a web-based map featuring videos and photographs to share their experiences, opinions and ideas for the future.  The Heroes presented their media work and change recommendations to peers, families, educators, policy makers, and elected leaders at a public “Project Exhibit and Idea Exchange” held at West Sacramento City Hall.  The youth’s work is one component of the Healthy Youth Healthy Regions initiative, a multi-disciplinary study of the relationships between youth well-being and regional prosperity.