Month In Review – A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community development and awesomeness!

by | May 28, 2019 | Community

COC Communications Office Wins Seven Awards

College of the Canyons’ District Communications Office has won six Community College Public Relations Organization awards and a Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. COC’s District Communications Office is responsible for coordinating all the marketing, advertising, public relations, and social media for the entire district. They placed in the top three for categories such as print advertising, online newsletter, brochure, electronic collateral and television PSA or Ad.

SCV Safe Rides Celebrates 32 Years

Last month, Santa Clarita Safe Rides put on a celebration for their service that spanned across 32 years. Volunteers came out to join in reminiscing about all the lives that were saved through their service. For years, Safe Rides offered teens a safe, free and confidential ride home every Friday and Saturday night. In December of 2018 the program ended due to the increasing cost of insurance and restrictions on teen drivers.

Six-Year-Old Will Compete for Team USA

Six-year-old Maya Gadbois is said to compete for Team USA in the world BMX championship in Belgium. She made history as the youngest person to ever qualify for the international BMX Competition at the age of four. She is no stranger to the sport. Maya comes from a family of competitive, BMX bikers and has been riding since she was two and a half. The family is currently looking for corporate sponsors please email her dad, Chris Gadbois: chris@srthelo.com to find out how you can help out.

Sammy Clarita’s New Website

Sammy Clarita, Santa Clarita’s favorite horse mascot and “neigh-bor” just launched his very own website. The new website can be visited at www.SammyClarita.com. The website features a biography on Sammy Clarita, downloadable versions of Sammy’s recently released book “Sammy Stories: Meet Sammy Clarita” in both English and Spanish, as well as a coloring book version. Parents and children can also visit the website to view a collection of photos of people who have found Sammy in the community throughout the years through his Instagram scavenger hunt. By following clues posted on the City of Santa Clarita’s Instagram account (@cityofsantaclarita), you can find out where Sammy is hidden at a City facility or event. If you find him, you get to keep him! Just remember to share your picture with him using the hashtag #IFoundSammyClarita.

Measure H Funds Allocated to Peer Navigators

Studies have shown that poverty is a major barrier in academic success. To combat this issue $700,000 of the Measure H funds has been approved to go towards hiring and training 22 peer navigators that will go to each of the community colleges in the Los Angeles County Area. They are fellow students many of which have experienced homelessness themselves will work with other students to secure resources like public housing, applying for CalFresh, mental health services, and so much more.

White Ribbon Campaign Reminds Students on Dangers of Impaired Driving

The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Frontier Toyota and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, is proud to sponsor the 2019 White Ribbon Campaign in the Santa Clarita Valley from May 27 through June 7. A Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Deputy will visit each local graduating class to encourage students to be aware of the dangers of driving tired or impaired. White ribbons will be provided to graduating seniors during cap and gown distribution in memory of Collin Gore, Maeline “Mads” Rossiter and Wyatt Anthony Savaikie, who lost their lives in traffic collisions since 2014.

Brittany Foundation Honored

California Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, honored The Brittany Foundation with his Non-Profit Appreciation Award during the Foundation’s Annual Memorial event and Chili Cook-Off. Founder Nancy Anderson accepted the award while surrounded by community and team members. The Brittany Foundation’s work runs the gamut of rescue, rehabilitation, shelter for homeless, abused, and abandoned dogs. In addition, the Acton-based Foundation focuses on community education and training in the Santa Clarita Valley. Anderson estimates that because of their rescue efforts, the number of dogs killed in local shelters has decreased.

Archery Range in Haskell Canyon

The Santa Clarita Archery Range is a one-acre range developed by the City of Santa Clarita in partnership with local nonprofit organization Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Archery. The Haskell Canyon Open Space was chosen as its location because of the amount of space needed for archery practice, keeping archers and trail users alike at a safe distance from practice targets. The archery range is available and open to the public seven days a week from dusk till dawn.

New Mobile Homes for Homeless Program
in the Works

Los Angeles County Supervisors have agreed to create the County Mobile Home Program. This program will put mobile homes within reach for homeless individuals. Through this plan the Supervisors hope to increase homeownership by revitalizing mobile home parks, building new communities and figuring out ways to make financing more accessible. Funds will be allocated from existing housing funds in an attempt to create a mobile home preservation fund.

Memorial For Fallen Caltrans Workers

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States. California Department of Transportation employees, family members and guests recently took a moment to recognize and remember District 7 workers killed in the line of duty at its annual Workers Memorial event. Statewide, Caltrans has lost 189 employees since 1921; 37 of those employees worked in District 7, which covers Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Sheriff’s Department Updates on Mental Health

The Los Angeles Police Department has been on the forefront of finding better ways to respond to the mental health crisis. Since 1993 LASD has partnered with the Department of Mental Health forming specialized teams such as MET (Mental Evaluation Team) and VMET(Veteran Mental Health Evaluation Team) to provide crisis assessment, intervention and targeted case management services. These specialized teams help reduce the chances of incarceration of persons struggling with mental illness.

Child & Family Center Supports Sexual Assault Awareness And Survivors Through Denim Artwork

Inspired by the millions of people who wore denim in recognition of Denim Day, Child & Family Center has created a new art piece called, “Hope within the Deconstruction” to show their support to sexual violence awareness and pay homage to those who have survived the horrific tragedy. To create the art piece, jeans were deconstructed as a way to emphasize the truth that what a person wears is never an invitation for sexual activity. The patches that came as a result were turned into messages of hope and support for survivors, written by students.

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