The West Sacramento Home Run initiative is a unique and transformational program that benefits your family and our City as a whole. It is working through exciting ways to strengthen early childhood education opportunities, drive work skills acquisition, increase college attendance and completion, and improve workforce readiness. This initiative will build up West Sacramento’s talented and competitive workforce – propelling us all toward a bright and prosperous future.
The Home Run Initiative
There are multiple opportunities for families and businesses in West Sacramento to participate in and benefit from this innovative “cradle-to-career” initiative. Through a series of program “bases” West Sacramento Home Run benefits local businesses and families with children of all ages as it helps them achieve success in both their education and long term careers.
Students in the Washington Unified School District will have access to educational resources that are unmatched in the region.
West Sacramento Home Run:
- Promotes quality early childhood education at certified preschools
- Increases financial literacy
- Provides college financial support to encourage attendance and completion
- Facilitates work-based learning through local internships
- Gives students a pathway to earn digital badges that demonstrate in-demand skills
- Enhances career readiness
West Sacramento Home Run will benefit local businesses and organizations by increasing college completion rates and providing real world work experience through internships and digital badges, which are online certifications awarded after mastering in-demand skills. This transformative initiative will produce a stronger and more qualified workforce in our City.
The City of West Sacramento Home Run is led by the City of West Sacramento in partnership with the Washington Unified School District, FutureReady, a project of the West Sacramento Community Foundation as well as Sacramento City College and the Los Rios Community College District.The program was recently featured on Inside California Education broadcast on KVIE TV. Watch the video below to learn more:
The Kids’ Home Run consists of three “base” programs.
A child reaches first base under the West Sacramento Home Run by enrolling in a Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS) recognized preschool. Under UP4WS, each student will be connected to high-quality preschool education.
Once a student graduates from a UP4WS preschool and enters kindergarten within the Washington Unified School District, he or she has access to a guaranteed college savings account of $50, with the goal of a match for a family deposit. The college savings account program will launch in Fall of 2018.
Second base, under the City of West Sacramento Home Run, is access for West Sacramento high school students to paid internships in a relevant industry sector or job-type if they are enrolled in an integrated college and career pathway and making satisfactory progress in school.
Finally, a child reaches third base when he or she graduates from high school in West Sacramento and directly enrolls full-time for up to one year fee free in a program of study at one of Sacramento City College's three Campuses. Access to a points-based scholarship of up to $1,000 will launch in fall of 2019
Youth will be motivated in this process by the ability to earn digital badges, or virtual credentials that track their skills development. Student completion of badges will unlock new opportunities for them, such as preferential hiring for internships, and help determine how large of a scholarship each student receives.
The initiative began in summer of 2017 with the goal of one day having every West Sacramento young person touching every base in his or her lifetime.