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Aug 26, 2015

Youth Leadership Program Applications Open

Applications for the Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation are now being accepted. All students in grades 9-11 who attend school in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region are eligible.

Students accepted into this program will have the opportunity to develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. The areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Recreation, Education, Community Services, and Business. The programs will be conducted by representatives from each of the above entities and the students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works such as city hall, the hospital, etc. Each program will be very different and will range from tours, discussions, presentations, and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating. At the end of the program, students will be encouraged to participate in a community service project of their choosing.

The meetings will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: November 18, 2015, December 9, 2015, January 6, 2016, February 3, 2016, February 17, 2016, March 2, 2016, March 16, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 20, 2016 and April 27, 2016. This will make a total of 10 meetings.

Applications must be submitted by October 4, 2015 and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by November 5, 2015. Attendance is very important. Please check your calendar to make sure that you can attend all or most of the meetings. Community Service credit will be given based on attendance. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

There is a non-refundable administrative fee of $25 per student upon acceptance. Scholarships are available based on need.

This is the seventh year of the Leadership Program, which follows twenty-five years of successful Youth Congresses sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. It has proven to be a very popular program, so we encourage students to apply early as there is a limit to the number that we can accommodate. 

To apply click here Youth Congress Leadership Application

If you have any questions, please call Karen Malatesta, Executive Director of the Foundation at (818) 880-1054 or email

Apr 2, 2015

Thanks to Our 2015 Youth Leadership Sponsor

Apr 1, 2015

Thanks to our 2015 Health Expo Sponsors

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Youth Congress Leadership Visits Los Robles Medical Center East Campus

On March 18, 2015, the Youth Congress Leadership Program visited Los Robles Medical Center East Campus. The members first met with Kimberly Hebert and were taken to several different departments in which they had the opportunity to speak with various health professionals. These included the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Departments.
Next, the students were introduced to Christy Badamyan, the activities director at the East Campus. Badamyan explained her role at the rehabilitation center, including how she came to choose the profession and why she loves what she does.

“It’s [about] uplifting someone so they can go home and thrive,” Badamyan said.

Among other reasons, Badamyan felt that she needed human interaction in her daily life and felt that using her social skills to help others recover would fit her well. Badamyan told the students about her once reserved personality and decision to pursue music in college. She explained how it often takes time and sometimes multiple jobs to find the right profession. 

The students were then given a lecture by Cami, a pharmacist at Los Robles Hospital East Campus. From a completely different department than Badamyan and therefore a slightly different work environment, Cami explained her day to day duties. She expounded upon her love for her job, giving credit to the individuals she worked with. As a pharmacist, Cami explained how most of her interaction was with doctors, though she wishes she could have more interactions with the patients within her building.

Towards the end, Hebert performed a quick demonstration involving some of the medical equipment used within the rehabilitation center. Hebert noted that using the cool, expensive equipment is one of the highlights of her job.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Los Robles Hospital East Campus head volunteer, Marcia Sands, and volunteer director, Irene Brennick. The students were given a general overview of the volunteer program and applications were passed out to those who were interested. Brennick emphasized the dedication necessary to be accepted into the 900 person volunteer program as there currently is a one year waiting list. Many Youth Congress Leadership Program participants voiced their interest in taking part in the program.

Story by Christopher Lee

Youth Congress Leadership Visits Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station

LACSD Air Rescue Helicopter
On February 18, 2015, the Youth Congress Leadership Program visited the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station. The group was met by two deputies-David C. Diestel and Robert DeSantis, who helped tour the students around the facility and gain insight into the deputy sheriff profession.

First, the group was taken into a briefing room, where Deputy Diestel gave a background of his life up to becoming a deputy sheriff; he then took questions from the students about the profession in general. Deputy Diestel went over the normal process one must go through in order to become a deputy sheriff. Deputy Diestel described each of the tests, interviews, and background checks involved. He explained his role as a deputy sheriff specializing in juvenile crime as well as the difference between a sheriff station in a big city and one in a small city.

Second, deputy sheriff Robert DeSantis led the students across the compound. Deputy DeSantis showed the students the jail cells in which prisoners are kept. The group was then led outside and shown the gear each sheriff must wear while on duty. A sheriff for thirty years, he announced to the group that he would be retiring at the end of the year. He stated that he has no regrets and has been pleased with his experience as a deputy sheriff.

Finally, two search and rescue volunteers talked to the group about their role. The two showed the group the numerous items of equipment that must be carried; they are on call 24/7 should there be an emergency situation.
Both Deputy Diestel and Deputy DeSantis emphasized the mental and physical strength needed to become a deputy sheriff. There are a lot of horrific situations, Deputy DeSantis conveyed, that a deputy sheriff has to witness, put up with, and later mentally cope with. Deputy Diestel stated that it’s a completely different life that you have to transition into once you become a deputy sheriff, a key point he wanted the group to realize.

 Story by Christopher Lee, Co-Chair