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Santa Clarita Valley VIDA program begins next week

Parents can call to sign up youngsters for Sheriff’s Department academy-style course

Posted: August 5, 2013 5:05 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2013 5:05 p.m.

Ten positions remained open Monday for the Santa Clarita Valley August class of VIDA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives for at-risk youth ages 11-17 years.

The 16-week program conducted at nine Los Angeles County locations is aimed at setting non-violent youth on the path toward a crime-free life through rigorous, academy-style training.

“The biggest thing we have to do is teach a child and a parent how to communicate again,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Cripe. “Sometimes they don’t even know where to begin.”

The program begins in the Santa Clarita Valley Aug. 15. Interested parents may call SCV Deputy Tim Ferrone at 661-510-0881 for more information or to sign up a youngster.




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