Emily Pearl

California's Pearl | Musician | Literacy Advocate

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Why I Love the Capitol Region

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

When I rolled into Sacramento, my first stop was to drive right to the State Capitol. As I drove under palm trees and ogled the Capitol building, I knew I was home. Fast forward and the people I've met and connections I have made reaffirm that daily.

With a degree in Political Science, there is no other place for me than our Capitol Region. I love how Sacramento culture is wide-ranging, with funky restaurants, neighborhood farmer's markets, and Victorian houses mixed with modern buildings. What really inspires me is the sheer amount of people working to be the change they want. Our community is rich with activists, political leaders, and engaged business owners.

I did not intend to work within the senior care industry, but once I started I found an amazing opportunity. Not only do we help seniors and their families identify the best care plan options, but we connect the region's seniors with all the resources they may need. Taking things a step further, I am proud to serve on the Government & Legislation committee with the National Placement & Referral Alliance--Sacramento Chapter. Our goal is to advocate for regulatory legislation which will provide California's seniors with more protection when working with senior placement & referral specialists. Did you know these groups aren't even required to have insurance? But more on that later…...

As I grew to explore the region, volunteer at the San Joaquin County Asparagus Festival, Lodi Grape Festival, and other events, I realized something important. Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties struggle with youth literacy, educational resources, and enabling young students' dreams. Being me, I asked how I could be the change I wanted to see. Thanks to Google, Reading Partners Sacramento answered my call. Spending time as a tutor every week before work showed me just how bright our future is. My student was a young girl who told me she wanted to read simply because she "can't read books like her sister and just wants to read". Today I'm the Literacy Advocate for Reading Partners Sacramento and I founded my own initiative to promote literacy skills.

Read Dream Succeed™ California was created with the realization that low-income students struggle the most with literacy. Literacy skills are essential to workplace success and can help reduce the cycle of poverty and break up the school to prison pipeline. For more information, click here.

Today, I love to spend as much time at the Capitol as possible. I spent my 23rd birthday taking a tour of our Capitol and sitting in on both Senate and Assembly sessions. Yes, that qualifies me as a nerd, but I will own that truth. Local businesses, changemakers, and every single resident of this region inspires me daily. When I ask myself why continue with challenges, it's because I have every one of the local business owners, children, volunteers, changemakers, and residents I've ever met in mind.

Greta Gerwig's film Ladybird is said to be a love letter to Sacramento. This is my letter. I love you Capitol Region.

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