Sacramento County, California

  • Community name:  Sacramento County
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  • Population:  1,418,788
  • Graduation rate63.9%
  • Youth poverty rate:  23.9%


Sacramento County, a four-time 100 Best winner, was again honored for serving youth through programs that focus on leadership, helping others and providing support for a successful future. Starting with the Sacramento County Youth Commission, young people are able to have a voice in local government. The commission comprises students ages 12-18 who participate in monthly meetings, community events and forums. Youth also have opportunities to engage in community service through the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY), which solicits, organizes and funds youth-led projects to help develop their knowledge of philanthropy. Since it was founded in 2002, GABY has funded more than $200,000 in high-quality projects developed and run by young people. Similarly, middle and high school students can work for positive community change and become empowered leaders through the Students Reaching Out program. Other organizations provide resources to local youth in a variety of areas. For example, WHYSac, a collaboration of youth-centered organizations and agencies, offers mental health counseling, alcohol and drug intervention, and emergency food and shelter. The Stanford Settlement helps build healthy communities through individual, family and neighborhood services such as summer camps, teen programs and more.

Community Programs

  • The Sacramento County Youth Commission comprises 15 youth ages 12-18 who are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to be a voice for youth in local government. The commission attends monthly meetings, community events, forums and committees.
  • The Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) is a youth-run organization that solicits, evaluates and funds youth-led projects and helps youth develop their knowledge of philanthropy, skills for serving their community and resources for implementing youth-led projects.
  • WHYSac is a collaboration of youth-centered service providers dedicated to helping young people succeed. The organizations involved provide a variety of services to homeless, gang-involved and runaway youth, including mental counseling, alcohol and drug intervention, and emergency food and shelter.
  • Stanford Settlement is a nonprofit, social-service organization that helps build healthy communities through individual, family and neighborhood services. The organization’s Teen Center, After School Groups and Summer Day Camp provide a safe and fun environment with activities ranging from arts, sports, games, cooking and more.
  • Students Reaching Out is a youth development program that provides skills and opportunities for high school and middle school youth to make positive changes in their communities. The program focuses on youth-led prevention projects that allow students to become empowered leaders.

Youth Voices

“I am involved in my local student advisory board, a network of students from high schools throughout the area dedicated to ensuring a positive environment in school for their fellow students.”

– Brandon

“I will continue to give back to the community of where I came from. My goal is to eventually be a mentor to the students at my home school.”

– Raquel