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VIDA Offers Kids A Brighter Future

khts_inthecommunityThis program is designed to help kids better their lives.

The City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's station are working together to help the "at-risk" youth of the Santa Clarita.

The Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives program (VIDA) is accepting applications for their classes which begin in August.

The 16-week course is designed to help children ages 12-17 by providing them with a positive outlet.

VIDA, which started in early 2006, offers counseling, family action, community service, physical training, team building, and career guidance to youth who may be at risk of negative behavior.

"By putting positive influences around these youth, we can help them realize their self-worth, establish goals and avoid gangs, drugs, crime and negative influences," said Captain La Berge. "We must do our part with our youth, as they are the future of this great community," he added.

A VIDA registration night will be held every Thursday night in the month of July for parents and children interested in the program.  Deputy Tim Ferrone of the VIDA Program will host the meetings, which start at 7 p.m., at the Sequoia Charter School at 21445 Centre Pointe Parkway in Canyon Country.

The registration nights are required for all applicants who wish to attend the next set of classes which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, August 22.

For more information on the program and contact information click here.