Jessica Manzo

Jessica Manzo Jessica Manzo is a youth reporter for South Kern Sol and a student at Cal State Bakersfield.

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One Book Project brings community together to understand diversity through literacy

September 17, 2019 / By

During the months of September and October, One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern invites the community to engage in reading, educational programming, and entertainment that focus on one central theme.

Local hospitals help victims of human trafficking by educating staff and providing trauma informed care

September 11, 2019 / By

It’s not every day a human trafficking victim has access to health care, but when they do, they often do not speak up about their abuser, despite this being one of the very few moments victims are alone.  

However,  local Dignity Health hospitals are working to change that with the Human Trafficking Response Program.

‘A model for rural communities’: Early college program could transform education in the Central Valley

September 3, 2019 / By

In many rural communities, just getting kids to graduate from high school proves challenging.

But in McFarland, Bakersfield College and McFarland High School administrators are doubling down on efforts to ensure kids not only graduate with a high school diploma, but also take college courses and put them on a pathway to a degree.

Project Next Step event to provide tools for success for high school students

August 13, 2019 / By

The Kern High School District welcomes students and parents to its Project Next Step event, a free one-day conference and resource fair for incoming freshmen and returning high school students.

Sol on the Street: Incoming freshman receive tips from recent graduates about how to succeed in college

August 6, 2019 / By

With the beginning of a new school year about to begin, many students are about to start college for the first time.

Q&A: Ridgeview High student works towards raising awareness of Sikh community and giving students more opportunity

May 22, 2019 / By

Ridgeview High senior Harvin Kaur has been elected President of the Sikh Honors and Service Society and the class Vice President.

‘It was the weight of humanity he carried on his shoulders’: CSUB student remembered as someone who always put others first

April 25, 2019 / By

Friends, family, professors and many more community members came together Wednesday to honor a son, classmate, student and brother and to remember the impacts he had on those around him.

Sol on the Street: Students discuss Gavin Newsom’s death penalty decision

March 22, 2019 / By

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order this month, putting a temporary prohibition on the death penalty in the state of California.

‘The next generation of leadership’: Local community organizer encourages Sikh youth to give back to community

March 19, 2019 / By

Editor’s Note: To celebrate Women’s History Month, South Kern Sol is highlighting notable women in Kern County who are working to create positive change in their community.

‘A moment of freedom’: CSUB students talk ethics with Tehachapi inmates

February 8, 2019 / By

Should felons have voting rights? Students and inmates discussed this question in January at Cal State Bakersfield’s Ethics Bowl in the Tehachapi prison.