Sep 24, 2012

Youth Congress Leadership Provides Content Packed Experience for Students

Youth Leadership at Water District
The Youth Congress Leadership program, sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, is now accepting applications from students grades 9-12 for this exciting and valuable program that gets underway in November. Now in its fourth year, the program helps students develop effective leadership skills through an exclusive inside look at the workings of key organizations and services in our community.

Mario Metzger, the Foundation’s chair for the popular program, anticipates another content-packed experience for young adults: “Each meeting is at a different fascinating venue – this makes it incredibly interesting and fun, without being a major time commitment.” The student participants will be exposed to a wide range of interesting topics, including Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business, each held at appropriate locations such the sheriff’s station, school district, hospital, private businesses, etc. and conducted by their representatives. Every in-depth visit will be different and will include tours, discussions, presentations and more, all offering students a valuable opportunity to interact and engage.

At the culmination of the program, each student will be encouraged to participate in a community service project of his or her own choosing. The broad range of knowledge the students gain will encourage them to become active members of their cities and to provide input to those agencies that affect their lives.

Youth Leadership at Los Robles Hospital
Because the Youth Congress Leadership Program combines extraordinary opportunities for community service and leadership experience over several months, enrollment in the program may well be looked upon favorably by college admissions screeners. Prior student participants point out that the unique opportunities afforded to them in this program were not available in any other way.

Meetings will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: November 13, December 11, January 15, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 12, April 9, April 23, and May 7, and will be held at various nearby locations. Students from throughout the greater Conejo/Las Virgenes regions are welcome.

Youth Leadership at  Sheriff's Station
Space is limited and demand is high. Applications are due to the Future Foundation by October 26 and can be obtained from the student’s school office or online at Information is also available from the CLVFF office at 818-880-1054. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by November 5. Click here for an application for or on the tab at the top of this page.

Sep 19, 2012

Youth Congress Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

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.

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, city hall, 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 Tuesdays: November 13, 2012, December 11, 2012, January 15, 2013, January 29, 2013, February 12, 2013, February 26, 2013, March 12, 2013, April 9, 2013, April 23, 2013 and May 7, 2013.  This will make a total of 10 meetings.

Applications must be submitted by
October 26, 2012 and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by November 5, 2012. Attendance is important. Please check your calendar to make sure that you can attend all or most of the meetings. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

All Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation programs are free to the public. The Foundation is most appreciative of the generous support of community members who make programs like this possible.

This is the fourth 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.

Please call me at (805) 907-8290 or Karen Malatesta, Executive Director of the
Foundation at (818) 880-1054 with any questions that you may have.  A link to the application form appears in the page tabs above.

Mario Metzger
Youth Congress Leadership Program Chair

Sep 16, 2012

Public Invited to Regional Art Museum Strategic Outlook Presentation

The public is invited to a presentation by museum planner, Marcy Goodwin, reporting on the results from months of planning discussions and meetings. President of M.Goodwin Associates, Inc., Ms. Goodwin will present details of the strategic outlook for the Regional Art Museum (RAM) which is being planned to locate at the Civic Arts Plaza. Ms. Goodwin’s presentation will be made Tuesday, September 18th, 6:00-8:00pm, in the small theater at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts (CRPD), 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

Ms. Goodwin was the project manager for the development of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tech Museum in San Jose. As a consultant, she has led the planning, creation or expansion of over 100 museums around the U.S. and the world.

The Regional Art Museum will exhibit the best art and design of the past 100 years while offering a broad range of educational and cultural opportunities. The art museum will become a vital center for the regional community, with presentations of classes, workshops, seminars, lectures, video, digital media and films, mixed media, performative visual arts, festivals and special events.

There is no admission fee. An RSVP is requested to RAM Executive Director Fran Brough. An email response to is preferred but a message can be left at 805 409-3598. This event is being sponsored in part by the Ventura County Star.