Anthony Ochoa, a junior attending Gerber Jr./Sr. High School, found himself in front of the cameras of Sacramento public television station KVIE answering questions about what students need to keep them interested in school and help them graduate. He had plenty of answers as he served as a panelist during a recent taping of Studio Sacramento.
Ochoa was invited to be part of a television panel discussion which also included David Butler, Chief Executive Officer of LEED (Linking Education an Economic Development) and Dr. Cynthia Peterson, Superintendent/CEO of Gateway Community Charters.
Studio Sacramento is a new, weekly series produced by KVIE and hosted by community leader Scott Syphax. The episode including Ochoa's discussion airs on the following dates and times:
- Friday, November 11: 7:30 p.m. on KVIE and 8:30 p.m. on KVIE-2
- Sunday, November 13: 4:30 p.m. on KVIE-2
Ochoa is part of a team of high school students from Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) programs who worked on a multimedia outreach campaign targeting high-risk students like themselves. The "Reach for Your Dreams" media campaign combines Internet, social media, and professionally produced television public service announcements.
The outreach campaign is the result of a collaborative effort involving SCOE and the Sacramento Youth Empowerment Studios (SacYES). The program provided high-risk students an opportunity to learn new skills and improve their participation and academics, as well as develop their leadership abilities.
Gerber Jr./Sr. High School is a community school operated by SCOE that provides students an opportunity to continue their education and experience a significant positive change in their personal lives. Gerber students benefit from the LINKS career technical education model, which is aimed at helping high-risk students succeed.