Category Archives: Youth

Application period now open for Edison Scholarship Program

High school seniors who dream of making a difference in the world through STEM studies are invited to apply to Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is awarding $40,000 scholarships, paid over four years, to 30 high school students planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Applicants must live in SCE’s service territory and plan to be a full-time undergraduate college freshman majoring in a STEM field in fall 2019. Eligible students must be a high school senior, have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Students from underserved communities and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply. Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program.

“I’m the beneficiary of a STEM education, and I know it changes lives,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “At Edison, we are proud to play a role in helping local students realize their academic dreams.”

Scholarship recipients will be announced next spring. They may also be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.

Since 2006, Edison International has awarded more than $8.7 million in scholarships to 610 students’ higher education through the Edison Scholars Program.

Edison International’s support of charitable causes, including the Edison Scholars Program, is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. SCE customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations.

To apply and get additional eligibility information, visit: edisonscholars.com. Scholarship applications are now being accepted through Dec. 14.

Ventura teen chosen to compete on ‘Top Chef Junior’

At 6’-3” he might need to show his birth certificate.

Thirteen year old 8th grade Cabrillo Middle School student Carson Peterson has been chosen from thousands of kids to compete on ‘Top Chef Junior’ airing on Universal Kids for their second season. Top Chef Junior, the cooking competition spun off from the popular Top Chef last year,

He is 1 of 11 contestants competing for $50,000 and the title of Top Chef. Peterson applied to be on the show in January and made it through two rounds of eliminations.

Said Peterson. “It was a lot of hard work and more hard work to come, but I was really happy.” Carson credits his grandmother for teaching him how to cook when he was younger. “She is a really big inspiration for my cooking and she’s taught me a lot.”

Top Chef Junior, Season 2, airs on Saturday, at 6 p.m. on Universal Kids. For more information, visit www.universalkids.com/shows/top-chef-junior. Follow Carson Peterson on Instagram at @topchefcarson.

Meet Carson! He’s a 6’3 gentle giant with a heart of gold and a passion for cooking. He fell in love with it while watching his Italian grandmother in the kitchen. He has great respect for tradition and the importance of passing down recipes. When he’s not in the kitchen you can find him getting straight A’s, shooting hoops, or playing one of five instruments!


Local schools encouraged to participate in High School Voter Education Weeks

Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn encourages local schools to participate in High School Voter Education Weeks. Lunn stated, “High School Voter Education Weeks provides an opportunity for educators to highlight the electoral process and build excitement among future voters.”

The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens. This year, High School Voter Education Weeks began September 17 and continues through September 28.

The Ventura County Elections Division contacted high schools throughout the county to provide information and recommendations to recognize High School Voter Education Weeks. Schools can hold a mock election, nominate students for the County’s Student Poll Worker Program, or coordinate a voter registration drive on campus.

In recent years, Ventura County Elections has implemented several programs to encourage civic engagement including creating a mobile app, launching a texting program, and offering pre-registration to 16 and 17-year olds, making them automatically eligible to vote on their 18th birthday.

For more information on programs, High School Voter Education Weeks, or to partner with local elections officials, visit http://www.venturavote.org or call the Elections Division at (805) 654-2664.

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest winners on display until Nov. 18

The winning entries from this year’s California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest will be on display at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center until November 18. The art and poetry display includes 47 winning pieces from over 2,500 entries. A special unveiling of the artwork occurred on Sept. 15 during Coastal Cleanup Day.

The annual contest is designed to encourage youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit of California’s coasts and ocean. Through this effort, the California Coastal Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of appreciation and stewardship for these natural places.

Enjoying the unveiling were Channel Islands Park Foundation members Ken McAlpine, Vahagn Nahabedian, Ranger Lauren Boross, art winner Ventura kindergartener, Serenity Rayne Holmes, art winner Lompoc High senior Marina Zellers and Tigran Nahabedian .

The winning contest entries can all be viewed and are available for purchase at

https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/poster/poster.html.

New library card design art contest.

Calling all children and teen artists!!!  The Ventura County Library wants you to design the new children and teen library cards.  The contest will run through September 29.  Only children (ages 5-12) and teens (ages 13-17) are eligible to participate, one entry per person.  All entries must be submitted on a regulated contest form.  You may pick up a regulated contest form with contest rules at any Ventura County Library.  For library locations please visit www.vencolibrary.org

Ventura County Library: Inspiring our community to explore, discover and connect.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.

Incoming first-year students worked to spread mulch

CLU students helping to maintain the Botanical Gardens in Grant Park.

On August 28, California Lutheran University partnered with the City of Ventura and the Ventura Botanical Gardens to help protect and restore the gardens after the devastating Thomas Fire destroyed the area. Incoming first-year students worked to spread mulch around the affected areas to protect the soil from further damage and prepare grounds for new plantings. Approximately 600 students and faculty members, including CLU University President, Chris Kimball pitched in.

You Got Served has been a part of CLU New Student Orientation for 11 years now. The great partnership with the City of Ventura started based on the city’s initiative and interest in finding service projects large enough for the hundreds of incoming CLU students who attend each year. Even with such a large group, the city has continuously found need and space throughout Ventura for the student participants for a day of service.

City of Ventura Communications Manager Kelly Flanders stated “Cal Lutheran has a longstanding partnership with the City of Ventura, and every year the students make a real impact on our community.  Once again, they brought their A game and did a fantastic job. We were touched by their enthusiasm to restore and improve the park.”

PTYA seeks financial support, welcomes new students

Students presenting Alice in Wonderland.

For nearly 20 years, the magic of musical theater has been brought to life in Ventura County by a performing arts troupe that has enriched the lives of young participants and their families, and audiences who have enjoyed top notch live productions in their own backyards.

Performance Theatre for Young Artists, a nonprofit theater company celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, has featured the talents of local children and teens in variety shows and live productions such as “Les Miserables,” “Into the Woods,” “Shrek,” “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.” Through these performances, workshops and other activities, youngsters build performance, self-esteem, decision-making and communications skills; and learn how to work as a team to accomplish goals.

“I’ve seen shy children grow into confident performers,” said Founder and Artistic Director Marta Dewey. “PTYA is also like a family,” she said. “Kids and families who get involved find new friends, comradery and support. Many have made lifelong friends.

Like many Ventura County organizations and businesses, “revenues have slowed since the Thomas Fire last December,” Dewey said. “For several months, there was much lower attendance and participation, and the majority of public contributions have gone toward fire victims and rebuilding our city.”

As it enters its third decade offering children an outlet for their creative energy and filling an important niche in the community, PTYA depends in large part on individual and corporate tax-deductible donations.

 

Also supported by student participation fees and ticket sales, contributions are an important part of what keeps the group moving forward. Straight donations are welcome in any amount; and sponsorships are also available. Depending on the sponsorship level, corporate and individual sponsors receive benefits including mentions on flyers, posters and show programs; complimentary tickets and VIP seating .

Upcoming shows and workshops include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin, Jr.,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music.” New students and volunteers are always welcome.

The group’s next production will be “Shrek the Musical, Junior” and will be performed at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Sept. 15, and 6 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children, seniors and students.

More information about this and other shows, PTYA programs and enrollment, as well as donations/sponsorships, and a PayPal link are posted at www.ptya.org. Donations can also be sent to Performance Theatre for Young Artists, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93003. For questions, email Founder and Artistic Director Marta Dewey at ptyaplays@gmail.com or call (805) 302-6441.

From Foothill High to Germany

Annika Fedde represented USA at Laser Radial Youth World Championships.

Annika Fedde, senior at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, headed to Europe to train prior to competing in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Kiel, Germany held August 18-25.

Annika qualified for the 2018 Worlds through her 2017 results, ending the year ranked 3rd youth girl in North America.

“I am super excited to have the opportunity to be one of four American girls among the 101 competitors from 29 countries in the girls division”, Annika said. “I am really looking forward to getting to know and racing against the top girl single-handed sailors from all over the world”.

The Laser is a very physical boat with the sailor using their body to “hike out” in a plank position while sailing upwind to offset the wind’s pressure against the sail. To prepare for the athletic challenge of the long races on the Olympic style courses, Annika commenced a sailing specific workout program at Mavericks Gym after school under the guidance of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe.

Annika’s event schedule on the way to the World Championships began in January at the Atlantic Coast Championships in Florida and included the US Youth Championship in North Carolina, and Laser National Championships in Texas, Laser North Americans in California, and Pacific Coast Championships at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon in early August.

Annika learned to sail at the Ventura Yacht Club summer sailing program where she first discovered her love for the water, wind and waves. She started competing in California events when she was 8 years old, then advanced to national and international events in the Optimist Dinghy, before moving into the Laser Radial class.

The Laser is the most popular sailing dinghy in the world with over 215,000 produced and has been the Olympic single-handed boat for men since 1996 and the Laser Radial for women since 2008. The Radial is also the top youth single-handed boat for boys and girls as they grow out of smaller entry level youth boats. Event information can be found at: http://laserworlds2018.com/

From Foothill High to Germany

Annika Fedde represented USA at Laser Radial Youth World Championships.

Annika Fedde, senior at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, headed to Europe to train prior to competing in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Kiel, Germany held August 18-25.

Annika qualified for the 2018 Worlds through her 2017 results, ending the year ranked 3rd youth girl in North America.

I am super excited to have the opportunity to be one of four American girls among the 101 competitors from 29 countries in the girls division”, Annika said. “I am really looking forward to getting to know and racing against the top girl single-handed sailors from all over the world”.

The Laser is a very physical boat with the sailor using their body to “hike out” in a plank position while sailing upwind to offset the wind’s pressure against the sail. To prepare for the athletic challenge of the long races on the Olympic style courses, Annika commenced a sailing specific workout program at Mavericks Gym after school under the guidance of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe.

Annika’s event schedule on the way to the World Championships began in January at the Atlantic Coast Championships in Florida and included the US Youth Championship in North Carolina, and Laser National Championships in Texas, Laser North Americans in California, and Pacific Coast Championships at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon in early August.

Annika learned to sail at the Ventura Yacht Club summer sailing program where she first discovered her love for the water, wind and waves. She started competing in California events when she was 8 years old, then advanced to national and international events in the Optimist Dinghy, before moving into the Laser Radial class.

The Laser is the most popular sailing dinghy in the world with over 215,000 produced and has been the Olympic single-handed boat for men since 1996 and the Laser Radial for women since 2008. The Radial is also the top youth single-handed boat for boys and girls as they grow out of smaller entry level youth boats. Event information can be found at: http://laserworlds2018.com/

Youth stamp fair

Thousands of free stamps, along with games, “swag bags,” door prizes and information people need to be stamp collectors, will be available at the 20th annual Youth Stamp Fair sponsored by the Ventura County Philatelic Society and the Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club on Oct. 6 at the Dudley House Museum, 197 N. Ashwood. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can attend 10 stations:
Registration, where those attending can also guess the number of stamps in a jar (the closest guess wins the jar and other material).

Removing stamps from paper: There are safe and unsafe ways to remove stamps from paper. People at this table will explain why to remove stamps from paper and the safe ways to do it.
Perforations and watermarks: Perforations are the holes around the edge of most stamps. The perforations – or perfs, as collectors say — can make big differences in the value of stamps that look alike. Watermarks are designs put into paper when it’s made. They can also make big differences in the value of stamps.

Mounting and storage: There are safe and unsafe ways to store stamps. Again, the people at this table will show the safe ones.

Topicals and covers: Topical collections are made up of stamps with specific designs, such as horses, cats, dogs, space and more. Covers are what collectors call envelopes.

World collecting and stamp identification. Obviously, the two subjects go together.
Bookmarks: Visitors can use stamps to create bookmarks for themselves or others.

Cachet design: Artistic visitors can draw pictures on envelopes they address to themselves and pick the stamps to be used on the cover. Winners in three age groups will win prizes.

Pick and choose: This is the most popular spot at the Youth Stamp Fair. Thousands of U.S. and foreign stamps will be available for the visitors to choose from.
Games, if there’s room.

Door prizes will be awarded at least once a room and possibly more often.
“The event is called the Youth Stamp Fair, but it’s for the young and young at heart,” said chairman John Weigle of Oxnard. “We welcome anyone interested in stamps and how to collect them.

More information about the Youth Stamp Fair may be obtained from Weigle at 805-485-7121 by phone or jweigle@vcnet.com by email.