Emily Pearl

California's Pearl | Musician | Literacy Advocate

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Why I Love the Capitol Region

Updated: Mar 19

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.


Upcoming Events

Miss California 2021
Sat, Jun 26
Jun 26, 2021, 7:00 PM
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Miss San Joaquin County Competition
Sat, Feb 08
Stockton Civic Theater
Feb 08, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Stockton Civic Theater, 2312 Rosemarie Ln, Stockton, CA 95207, USA
Come watch me and other young women around the region compete for the jobs of Miss San Joaquin County, Miss Capital City Sacramento, and Miss Central California, plus Outstanding Teens.
All Aboard for Storytime @ Railroad Museum
Mon, Oct 28
California State Railroad Museum
Oct 28, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Let railroads help introduce and foster the love of reading for your little ones. This interactive and fun program is designed for imaginative young children (Ages 2-5).
Walk 4 Literacy
Sat, Oct 26
McClatchy Park
Oct 26, 2019, 9:00 AM
McClatchy Park, 3500 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA
53% of Sacramento County children cannot read at grade-level. Join me in the Walk4Literacy to fight for Sacramento's students' right to education.
Guac for Literacy!
Sat, Oct 12
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Oct 12, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1729 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825, USA
Come eat Chipotle where 33% of your order benefits Sac Reading Partners, helping kids gain reading skills


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