Sep 29, 2010

Youth Leadership Applications Being Accepted

Applications for the Youth Congress Leadership Program sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation are now being accepted. All students in grades 9-12 who attend school in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region are eligible. Click here for a copy of the application.

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, Human 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 the sheriff’s station, school district, 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, the group will choose a follow-up activity and pursue the completion of it. The activity selected at the end of last year program was establishing a Teen Court in the west end of the Conejo Valley. We are in the process of working on this and our students this year will have input into it.

Meetings will take place from 4-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month ending April 27, 2011. In addition, we will meet on November 17, 2010 and December 8, 2010. This will make a total of ten meetings.

Applications must be submitted by November 10, 2010 and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by November 12, 2009.

Attendance is important. Please check your calendar to make sure you can attend all or most of the meetings. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

This is the second year for the Leadership Program, which follows twenty-five years of successful Youth Congresses sponsored the Conejo/LasVirgenes 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.

Call Pat Grant, Youth Congress Leadership Program Chair, at (805) 495-5960 or our office at (818) 880-1054 with any questions that you may have.

Sep 22, 2010

Future Foundation Distributes New Teen Assist Card

For over 15 years, the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (CLVFF) has published the Teen Assist card, a wallet-sized “user friendly” directory of crisis, support, and youth volunteer hotline numbers that provides a link to potentially critical resources for area teens.  The Future Foundation has just released its 2010 edition of the Teen Assist Card. The card will be delivered to high schools throughout the region as well as to teen centers, libraries, and other locations where teens gather. 

The concept was originally suggested as a project by students who participated in CLVFF’s Youth Congress XI in 1995.  Each even numbered year, the phone numbers are verified, new entries are added, and a fresh supply is printed. In 2008 a volunteer opportunity section was added in response to interest shown from area youth to become involved in their community.  

Containing easy-to-access contact information for issues ranging from alcohol, drug abuse, suicide and pregnancy, to jobs and volunteering, the cards were designed by Barry Ridge Graphic Design as a community service, and a grant from the City of Calabasas enabled printing and distribution of thousands of the laminated cards. 

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is a regional think tank whose Board of Trustees is comprised of community leaders planning for tomorrow.  A provider of services and learning opportunities for youth, seniors, and the community in general, over its 38 year history the Future Foundation has planted the seeds that have led to many key developments in the area.  Currently, the development of the Regional Art Museum, which will be located in Thousand Oaks, is the fulfillment of a study by the Foundation. See the "Projects and Programs" tab above for a list of some of the Foundation projects.

Organizations and individuals who are interested in receiving or distributing Teen Assist cards or learning more about the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation should call the CLVFF office at (818) 880-1054.