Oct 9, 2015

10 x 10 Unveils the Future

The Future Foundation's 10 x 10 Event was video streamed live from the Thousand Oaks Library on October 10th , 2015, at 10 a.m. The logo below is a link to the video replay of the event:

Speakers include: Hon. Fran Pavley (CA State Senator), Dr. Herb Gooch (Professor - Political Science (Cal Lutheran Univ), Rick Lemmo (Senior VP, Caruso Affiliated, Darren Kettle (Exec Dir - Ventura County Transportation Commission), Dave Pederson (GM - Las Virgenes Muncipal Water District, Lt. Jennifer Seetoo (Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station), Jill Lederer (Pres/CEO - Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dr. James Lee (Cardiologist - UCLA Health), Dr. Dan Stepenosky, Superintendent (Las Virgenes Unified School District, Dr. Michaela Reaves (Professor, History Dept. Chair - Cal Lutheran Univ)

Aug 27, 2015

Exciting New Event Focuses on the Future

Space is limited. Click here for more information or to register.

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 info@clvff.org.

Apr 2, 2015

Thanks to Our 2015 Youth Leadership Sponsor

Apr 1, 2015

Thanks to our 2015 Health Expo Sponsors

The Acorn Newspapers

Rotary Club of Calabasas

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

Mar 26, 2015

Youth Leadership Students Visit Reagan Library

The meeting began with the docents introducing themselves and making their opening remarks. The docents told students about the Ronald Regan Student Leadership Program which gives students the chance to further hone their leadership skills over the summer, particularly their communication, outlook and decision making skills. The overall goal of the program is to give students a plan to put into action once they return to school in the fall. The docents presented some general information about the Regan era including the Cold War, the political instability in Lebanon and the rise of the Soviet Union and Communism in other countries like Nicaragua, Cuba and Grenada.

The students were then split up into the three modules of the discovery center. Students were assigned to either the military, the press or the Oval Office and began to learn background information concerning their respective roles. The press module learned about the importance of the first amendment and the responsibilities of reporters. The military module learned about various strategies proposed to evacuate the American students out of Grenada and the Oval Office module learned about the responsibilities of President Regan and his staff. The meeting culminated in a press conference in which all three modules convened in the press room and the military and Oval Office module answered questions from the press.

Mar 9, 2015

5th Annual Health Expo Bigger Than Ever

The Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center, once again brings “Healthy Living For A Healthy Future” to the residents of our region. This popular free interactive family event is organized by the Conejo / Las Virgenes Future Foundation, the local regional think tank. The size and scope of the Expo continues to grow every year. Expo V builds upon the most popular programs from last year, with a wide range of screenings, exhibits, demonstrations and interactive programs.

Community Health Expo V, will be held
Saturday, March 21st from 9am – 12pm
 at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center.
Take advantage of free screenings by Los Robles Hospital including skin, asthma, foot, blood pressure and body mass index. They are also offering blood panel screenings for only $20, including a complete blood count, lipid profile, glucose, and PSA prostate screenings. (Limited space for walk-ins; get an advance sign-up form by emailing info@clvff.org. An 8 hour fast is required if you wouldlike to take advantage of this service). New this year and presented by the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is a Fitness Mashup, a Mind/Body, Agility & Strength, and High Intensity all in one workout. All levels are welcome. Free gift bag for Fitness Mashup participants! UCLA Healthy U Zone to get the latest health tips. In addition, over 40 exhibitors will be on hand to provide a variety of resources and information, and Jamba Juice will be offering
smoothies at a reduced rate. Attendees can also learn Sidewalk CPR from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Rotary Club of Calabasas will again be sponsoring a blood drive (walk-ins welcome, or sign up now at www.calabasasrotary.org).
This free event is brought to you by the Conejo / Las Virgenes Future Foundation in conjunction with title sponsor Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Other major sponsors include Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center, UCLA Health, The Acorn Newspapers, and Rotary Club of Calabasas.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for Community Health Expo V are still available. To find out more, or to see the entire schedule of events visit the Conejo / Las Virgenes Future Foundation website at www.clvff.org, call (818) 880-1054 or email info@clvff.org.       

Feb 16, 2015

Senior Congress XI a Major Success

The Future Foundation’s eleventh annual Senior Congress held on Wednesday, February 4th at St. Max’s Church in Westlake Village drew a standing room only crowd to hear speakers on the topic, “Demystifying Senior Medical Concerns: What Every Senior Should Know, Part 2”.

The doors opened at 8:45 am and attendees had the opportunity to visit the exhibitors. 

After welcoming remarks by Future Foundation Chair, Louis Celaya, and Senior Congress XI Chair, Carolyn Kopp, Dr. Lucia Dattoma, MD, Geriatrician, UCLA Health, began the program with a presentation on Senior Medical Concerns-Looking Forward.

Next Dr. Liliana Cohen, MD, with Los Robles Hospital spoke on “Brain Health-Aging, Illness and Injury” and then Dr. Ravi Davi, MD, Director of Cardiology, UCLA Health, presented information on “Beating Heart Disease-Yes You Can.” From Dr. Richard Drucker, MD, Kaiser Permanente, we learned about “Taking A Deep Breath.”

After a one hour break for lunch, we heard from Dr. Kaditam Reddy, MD, Medical Director, Stroke Department, Los Robles Hospital about “Striking Out Strokes-F.A.S.T.” The next topic, “Cancer Breakthroughs-Bench to Bedside 101” was presented by Dr. Michael Masterson, MD, UCLA Health. 

We then heard from Dr. Cheryl Lambing, MD, Medical Director, Ventura County Health Care Agency, on “Pain Management-Achieving Balance in the New Millennium. The final speaker was Dr. Stanley Nelson, MD, Co-Director, UCLA Clinical Genomics Center, who spoke on “Genome Sequencing-How Do We Use It to Find the Causes of Disease?”.

Senior Congress was free to all attendees and would not have been possible without the support of premier sponsor UCLA Health and the 33 other sponsors. The Future Foundation is grateful to them all.

Feb 9, 2015

Youth Leadership Goes Behind the Scenes at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center

Micah Akerson, the director of the Teen Center, began the meeting by introducing himself and asking everyone to form a large circle. Students introduced themselves with their name, grade level, school and an interesting fact and also played games like “Never have I ever.” After the icebreakers, Mr. Akerson screened a brief video outlining the various activities the Teen Center organizes and presented a PowerPoint explaining the goals of and reasons behind the Teen Center.
He also highlighted the many different careers in recreational management such as event coordination, national park management and cruise line management and mentioned that both Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Northridge have exceptional programs in these fields.

The meeting concluded with an activity in which students had to work together to solve a real problem that the Teen Center management faced such as how to organize a local Battle of the Bands or how to attract more high school students. Their plans were presented by a representative from each of the tables. The students then enjoyed pizza and beverages provided by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, represented by Audrey Brown and Barbara Chilton. They also conducted a questionnaire and told the audience about the Rotary Club and its humanitarian efforts. Robby Williams was also present and helped to set up the chairs and sound system in the gym.
Story by Derek Fang


Jan 12, 2015

Youth Leadership Tours Four Seasons Hotel

On January 7, 2015, the members of the Youth Congress Leadership Program were given an informative tour of the Four Seasons Hotel at Westlake Village. Hotel employees Jim Cathcart, Director of Human Resources, Christine Albertson, Human Resources Manager, and Becky Ahern, Quality Insurance Manager, generously donated their time to explain in detail the Four Seasons secret behind its exceptional service and reputation as a world-class hotel.

First, the participants entered the Presidential Suite, an 1,800 square foot masterpiece located on the top floor of the hotel. A dining room, full kitchen, and spa are just some of the many features of this suite, listed at $9,000 a night. From this room, the Dole Company, owned by David Murdock, can be seen across the street. Murdock, a businessman and philanthropist, built not only the Dole complex, but also owns the Four Seasons Hotel as well as its adjacent building – The California Wellbeing Institute. A healthy lifestyle teaching center and various medical facilities make up this building.

 Second, students were taken into the Hampton Room, a private dining room located alongside an outdoor waterfall. The Four Seasons Sunday Brunch as well as weddings are popular events held in this room. Students were additionally shown the Fitness Center, equipped with a gym, heated indoor and outdoor pool, yoga room, pool table, ping pong table, and separate game rooms for both kids and teens.

Finally, the students were given a tour of the serenity pool, China garden, and Latte Lounge that houses the Italian Buffet held at the Four Seasons every Saturday night. The students ended the tour with a nice bowl of fresh popcorn and lemonade. It was evident that the employees pride themselves on their award-winning service and attention to detail; the most important thing is warm a smile, which is what the students received each time they met an employee.

Cathcart noted that being a Four Seasons employee is not easy because of the high standards employees are held to; however, the benefits are well worth the hard work as employees are given free nights at Four Seasons hotels of their choice, extravagant parties, and internal promotions. 

Story by Christopher Lee