Oct 31, 2009

"The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create."
Leonard I. Sweet

Oct 30, 2009

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Sunday, Nov. 15, 11AM to 4PM,
Water Conservation Symposium
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center

Oct 16, 2009

Future Foundation Announces Youth Leadership Program

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, sponsor of Youth Congress for the past 25 years, has re-organized its youth outreach program. Beginning this year, the Foundation will present a Youth Congress Leadership Program patterned after the highly successful leadership programs for adults offered by some Chambers of Commerce in the region.

2009 Planning Committee Members

“Our objective is to help students in grades 9-12 develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. We are counting on the knowledge they gain to help them become active members of their cities and give input to the agencies affecting their lives,” according to Pat Grant, Future Foundation trustee and Chair of the Youth Congress Leadership Program. The program will include a community service project chosen by the students.

The program provides a unique way to perform community service hours important for college acceptance, while introducing students to career opportunities. Areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Park and Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business. Program sessions will be conducted by representatives from each of the above areas. Students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works, such as the Sheriff’s station, school district, hospital, etc. Each session will be unique and will range from tours to discussions, presentations and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating. 

Meetings will take place from 4-6 p.m. every other week on Thursdays beginning January 7, 2010 and ending on April 15, 2010. There will be no meeting on April 1, 2001 due to Spring Break. An orientation/leadership meeting will be held on December 10, 2009 and a follow up meeting to choose volunteer opportunities will take place on April 29, 2010. Students are encouraged not to apply if they cannot attend all meetings.

Applications can be obtained from the student’s school office or at www.clvff.org. Information is also available from the CLVFF office, at 818-880-1054 or email clvff@juno.com. Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent to students by December 5, 2009.

Oct 14, 2009

California Looks to Storm Water as Resource

With the subject of water conservation currently on everyone's mind, Californians should be encouraged by the recent passage of the Storm Water Resource Planning Act, SB 790. The bill, authored by State Senator Fran Pavley allows cities to tap funds from two existing bond measures, Prop. 50 and Prop. 84, for projects that  reduce or reuse stormwater, recharge ground water supplies, or create green spaces and enhance wildlife habitats. "I was proud to carry 790," Sen. Pavley told the L.A.Times. "It uses existing funds to create new water supplies out of water that in the past was simply treated and dumped. This bill helps create a significant new source of water for our always water-short state." SB 790 was signed into law Sunday and takes effect Jan. 1, 2010. See: L.A. Times Environment

Oct 9, 2009

Aqua Shock

Future Foundation members might be interested in a new book that examines water issues in America. Aqua Shock, The Water Crisis in America, is written by Susan J. Marks, an award winning journalist and editor for the Denver Post. A book review can be found in the October 2 - 8 Pacific Coast Times. The review does not appear in their web edition. But here is a link to a little more information about the book: Aqua Shock