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Registration for VIDA youth program now open

Posted: January 18, 2011 2:51 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2011 4:00 p.m.

The award-winning VIDA Program, or Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives, is now accepting registrants between the ages of 12 and 17.

Every Thursday night in January, starting at 7 p.m., Deputy Tim Ferrone of the VIDA Program will host VIDA Registration Night at the Sequoia Charter School, located at 21445 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country 91351.

This registration night is required, even if a pre-registration application was previously completed online. The youth applicant does not need to be present at the time of registration.

The event offers an opportunity for family members and those who are interested in the program to ask questions, get information about the program and even register for the next academy class, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Feb. 12.

You must attend an open registration event to be eligible for a spot in the academy class.

Funded by the city of Santa Clarita and established in February 2006, VIDA is a 16-week program designed to assist "at-risk" youth by redirecting negative behavior into positive alternatives.

In providing the program, the city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station recognize the importance of offering counseling, family action, community service, physical training, team building and career guidance to wayward youth in the community.

All this is done in an effort to help redirect negative behavior of local youth, who may be tempted to explore gang affiliation, drug use or crime.

"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 Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station.

"We must do our part with our youth, as they are the future of this great community."


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