Category Archives: Youth

Girls scouts help collect many items for the needy every year

Girl Scout Troop donates socks to the homeless before the cold season.

As the weather begins to cool down, local girl scouts teamed up with Ventura’s Hypno Comics Store to donate socks to homeless in need.

Girl Scout Troop 61686 annually sets aside a portion of proceeds from their fall product sales of nuts, candy, and magazines to support a service project to help “make the world a better place,” to honor the Girl Scout Law.

After considering a few different options, troop members voted to support the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army’s 2nd Annual Dobby’s Sock Drive in support of the Midnight Mission.

The troop was able to make a donation of $100.00 worth of men’s, women’s and children’s socks which will be distributed to the homeless before the cold season. Several troop members showed up on delivery day to personally deliver the socks to Hypno Comic’s owner George Chase. Chase was pleased to see such a big contribution be made to his location’s collection box.

This is one of three collection drives supported by the comic book store; later in the year the store also helps to collect food and toys. The troop is happy to support these kind of collections, as in previous years the girls have helped collect many items of need including children’s books, pajamas and birthday supplies for hospitalized children.

Oxnard schools participate in Mobile Oilfield Learning Units (MOLU) program

On Nov.1&2 elementary and middle school students from the Ventura and Oxnard school districts participated in the Mobile Oilfield Learning Units (MOLU) program at the Museum of Ventura County and Nov. 3 at Oxnard College. Approximately, 190 students visited the MOLU each day. The unit consists of six self-contained components with curriculum-based, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities about energy and the processes involved with the oil and natural gas industry.

The local MOLU visit is sponsored by local oil and gas producers Aera Energy, California Resources Corporation, Seneca Resources, Renaissance Petroleum and Western States Petroleum Association who partner with local schools and community organizations to enhance STEM education in Ventura County. Employees from the companies were on-site to assist students as they engage with the MOLU activities.
Students were provided STEM career pathway materials developed through the educational ‘Careers in Energy’ program.
The students in the photo were one of two classes from Cabrillo Middle School who visited the exhibit.

Coles named Board Chair of Channel Islands YMCA

Robert J. Coles

The Channel Islands YMCA is proud to announce that Robert J. Coles has joined its Board of Directors as the Board Chair. His term began in June, 2017 and runs through May, 2019.

Mr. Coles is the President of RJC, Inc., an architectural design and construction management company. Coles has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, has been practicing architecture since 1985.

“We welcome Robert to his new role with CIYMCA Board,” said Sal Cisneros, President and CEO of the Channel Islands YMCA. “He has been serving on the association board since 2006 and chaired the Risk Management & Facilities Committee from 2007 to 2015. We are excited to move forward under his leadership.”

Registration opens for annual Ventura student tour

Students visit the familiar sights in Washington including the monuments.

Two local educators been teaching through travel with their annual 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. Registration has begun for the annual Spring Vacation student tour to the nation’s capital. The trip, which is open to area middle school students in grade 8, has become an “institution” according to many participants. The non-school activity is led by local teachers and has involved more than 17,000 students during the past 40 years of operation including a “second generation” of participants whose parents participated when they were students!

A parent Information meeting has been scheduled for students attending Balboa Middle School and DATA Middle School on Tuesday, October 3rd in the Balboa Middle School Cafeteria at 7:30 pm

“We have learned so much from the past years, that we have been able to continually ‘fine tune’ our itinerary to insure the best trip possible,” stated Don Zimring, a retired Las Virgenes Superintendent who, along with Tom Johnsen, coordinates the trip each year for nearly a dozen schools.

Despite significant increases in airfares, the organizers have been able to keep the trip cost below what is charged for similar tours. The entire cost of the trip including airfare, lodging, all meals, evening activities, sightseeing and tips is $1,789.00. Applications are taken “On Line” at ( The trip is a non-school activity and is conducted during students’ Spring vacation.

Students visit the familiar sights in Washington including the monuments, memorials, the National Holocaust Museum, and even attend a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Local teachers Mike Hertenstein from Balboa Middle School and Mike Gennaro from DATA Middle school will be again leading the trip. In keeping with the eighth grade state framework, the trip has a special focus on the Civil War through a visit to the battlefield, visitor center, and museum at Gettysburg.

For further information, parents may contact Tom Johnsen at 499-1569 or Don Zimring at 818-920-9059. Information may also be obtained via the internet at

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 – Oct 10, 2017 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton

I asked 6 Ventura Unified School District grads and students about their favorite high school subject and future plans.

Andrew Bergum
age 19
works at Play It Again Sports
Andrew just graduated from Buena High School June 2017. His favorite high school subject was anatomy and physiology, “I loved it so much! It was really cool!” Now at Ventura College and taking some difficult courses such as anatomy, intro to psychology, intro to kinesiology and statistics and communication, Andrew plans to transfer to a 4-year state school and major in prosthetics. He wants to take his prosthetics to third world countries one day!

Garrett Weinell
age 18
also works at Play It Again Sports
Garrett is also a recent grad, he graduated from Ventura High School June 2017. Favorite high school subject? “Government, because I like history and I’m more government inclined.” Now at Ventura College, he’s taking E.M.T. courses. When asked what happened to government Garrett said, “I don’t like politics” and denied running for office one day…

Jacob Somer
age 13
freshman at Ventura High School
“For my favorite subject, I have to go with math because I really like the teacher, Mr. Spellman. He plays music while we’re doing work and he’s friendly!” When asked how he likes his first year in high school he said, “It’s really different than middle school, but I like it.” Jacob is thinking of pursuing college for graphic design.

Sara McGuire
age 20
plays water polo for the V.C. Pirates
Sara is a Buena High School grad and tells me her favorite high school subject was physics, “It was kinda tough, I was the only girl in the class so it was special to me because I had to show up the guys!” She is currently taking music classes at V.C. and plans to get her Ph.D. at a private music conservatory. Sara wants to continue to water polo and adds, “I also play the cello.”

Paige Treloar-Ballard
age 21
another V.C. water polo player
Paige was a Foothill Technology High School graduate and for her favorite high school subject she said, “I really enjoyed physiology!” She just graduated from V.C. and is now headed to U.C.S.B. where her major is geography. When asked what happened to physiology, Paige tells me, “I’m very squeamish with blood, so I decided to explore other options. I took the geography class and really enjoyed it and the professor, Mr. “C”.”

Josie Thorp
age 17
student at Foothill Technology High School
Favorite class? “The sciences, especially life science because I like learning about life and I also get to work in the lab – that’s fun and interesting! I really like Mrs. Anderson for a teacher.” Josie currently works at the Ventura Aquatic Center as a life guard but plans to attend a 4-year college and do research someday in a lab, “that would be awesome!”

The Ventura Family YMCA celebrates 130 years

“The Ventura Family YMCA is more than a gym, it’s a place of community.”

The Ventura Family YMCA opened its doors on September 30, 1887 in a house on the corner of Santa Clara and Oak Street. The Ventura Family YMCA was then known as the YMCA of Ventura County. In the 1940s the Ventura Y relocated to a log cabin across from the old Mound School and in 1952 moved again after purchasing the old Mound School. In 1981, the Y bought their current building on Telegraph Road, allowing for the expansion of its fitness and wellness programs.

In 1988 a 3,000 square foot natatorium was added with two heated indoor pools allowing an aquatics program to flourish and serve 5,000 children annually. Today, the Ventura Family YMCA serves 6,000 facility members and provides childcare to over 300 children in its after-school programs. With continuous membership and program growth the Y is once again researching expansion options to ensure it can meet the community needs.

“The Ventura Family YMCA is more than a gym, it’s a place of community and at the Y, strengthening community is our cause,” explains Amy Bailey Jurewicz, Executive Director of the Ventura Family YMCA. “As the needs of the community have shifted dramatically over the past 130 years, our mission has shifted as well. Although much has changed since the Y opened in 1887, the commitment to the cause has never wavered. The Y truly offers something for everyone; a wide variety of health and wellness classes, and scholarships for those who need them. “

To celebrate the 130th year, the Y is offering a gift to the community; join the Ventura Family YMCA by September 30 and get the first month free!

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Ventura Family YMCA, visit or call 642-2131.

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown(there are 5 of them – can you name them all?)

Buena even offers law pathway classes for a career in criminal justice.

by Jennifer Tipton

First up – Buena High!

Located at 5670 Telegraph Rd., Buena High School opened in 1961. Providing grades 9 – 12, student enrollment is currently 1,895 and Buena is recognized as a California Distinguished School.

22% of Buena grads go directly to a 4-year university and another 47% attend junior college or something similar.

In her 7th year at Buena, principal Bobbi Powers is proud of “the fantastic music and drama programs and the unique AP (advanced placement) classes in science.” Buena even offers law pathway classes for a career in criminal justice.

Everyone knows the mascot is the Buena Bulldog, and when asked about the school’s bragging rights for sports competition I am told that just last year the girls’ softball team won the CIF championship, the girls’ basketball team got their thousandth win – first one in the state to accomplish this! There’s also a lot of wrestling championships.

And how about students that became famous? Well we know Kevin Costner attended Buena (but did not actually graduate from there as clarified in an earlier Breeze update). There’s Freddy Keiaho, a star athlete who played football at Buena and went on to be part of the Super Bowl XLI victory! There’s also Zac Levi the actor, Robert Weiss the screen writer for Shrek and Buena has a physical education teacher John Siman who was himself a former Olympian!

When asked about the amount of homework the students are given, principal Bobbi Powers states, “I do think our teachers are very aware the students have outside interests and a life, they don’t just give busy work, the homework they are given is to enhance the learning that’s happening in the classroom.”

For more information

SEEAG seeks donations to fund School-to-Farm Field Trips

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) is gearing up to teach thousands of schoolchildren about the farm origins of their food during the new school year. Part of the program brings elementary students to SEEAG’s Farm Lab at Petty Ranch in Saticoy where they experience a real working citrus, fig and avocado ranch. SEEAG is currently seeking donations to help offset field trip transportation costs.

All SEEAG programs are free to students and schools. While at Petty Ranch, SEEAG educators guide students through five stations equipped with STEM-integrated learning objectives designed to give students a hands-on understanding of the agricultural industry and an appreciation of where their food comes from.

One bus can transport up to 60 students at a cost of approximately $250. Throughout the school year, more than 50 buses transport over 3,000 students to Saticoy from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

“We’ve expanded the number of students who take part in our program so our transportation costs have increased,” says Mary Maranville, SEEAG founder and CEO. “We are grateful for any size donation.”

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by mail SEEAG, P.O. Box 1461, Ojai, Calif., 93024 or online at

Teen Challenge announces “Walk For Recovery”

Ventura Teen Challenge was established in 1972 and serves the tri-county region of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. In 1999 Ventura Teen Challenge moved from a two-story house on Ventura Avenue to a 143-acre property located in the Ventura foothills. They call this property “Miracle Mountain”.

Walk For Recovery will be Saturday, September 30th. This will be a beautiful sunset 5K walk/run supporting addiction recovery. They need walkers and sponsors to help raise money to keep the doors open for this amazing non-profit, 12-month, residential recovery program that helps save people from destructive lifestyles of drug and alcohol abuse.

Thousands of individuals with life controlling problems have found freedom from a life of despair through the help of Teen Challenge. You can help by sponsoring a Teen Challenge student for the walk or asking your family and friends to sponsor you to walk.

The walk starts at Ventura Crown Plaza promenade. You can register at or text TCwalks1712 to 71777

For more information call Julie Sullivan at 585-4033 .

American Academy of Pediatricians updates head lice guidance

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice.

Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school-aged children,” the report says. “Since the 2010 clinical report on head lice was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, newer medications have been approved for the treatment of head lice.”

The AAP recognizes that head lice in the United States have developed resistance to the most popular over-the-counter lice products (pediculicides). As a by-product of this resistance, some parents have over-applied the medications, hoping that using more of the products would make them more successful. The AAP warns against this, saying, “the potential for misdiagnosis and the resulting improper use of pediculicides and the emergence of resistance to both available and newer products, many without proof of efficacy or safety, call for increased physician involvement in the diagnosis and treatment.”

The prevalence of resistance has not been systematically studied but seems to be highly variable from community to community and country to country.” In fact, the most recent study released shows 100 percent of lice in 42 states are resistant to the active ingredients in over-the-counter lice products.

The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective, and inexpensive,” the report says.  For the first time, the AAP lists the AirAllé® medical device as an effective lice treatment device. The device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”

The AirAllé® device is the only treatment option listed in the AAP report that uses heated air. A clinical trial showed that the FDA-cleared medical device killed live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. It uses nothing but heated air, carefully controlled and applied, to dehydrate lice and eggs.

Lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers, where certified staff use the device to remove live lice and eggs. The process takes from 30-90 minutes, depending on the extent of the infestation and the length of the hair. Most clinics guarantee success as long as all household members are checked for head lice prior to treatment.

Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 150 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 100 clinics in 20 additional countries.

To learn more or to find a clinic near you, visit