The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project officials have elected two new community members to the Youth Project Board of Directors, Lydia Kravitz and Russ Briley.
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Russ Briley has served the Santa Clarita Valley in several capacities along with being the General Manager of Signal Multimedia. He was a member of the Castaic Town Council between 1997 and 2001, served on the Castaic Chamber of Commerce board of directors between 1998 through 2001 and is a past president of the Castaic Lions Club.
Briley also served as founder and race director of the Castaic Community 5K run 1997 to 2003; on the AYSO board of directors from 2002 through 2006; and as co-chairman of the 2004 Wal-Mart Classic Golf Tournament, which benefited Children’s Hospital. In 1998 Briley was named Castaic Man of the Year.
Lydia Kravitz is a long time resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, with her husband Curt, of 20 years. Lydia’s children attended Meadows Elementary, Placerita Jr. High and Hart High School. She was involved and volunteered in all her kids’ school activities including Hart High School Football and Basketball Boosters Club, Placerita Band Program and Swim Team fund raising.
Lydia recently retired from a 34 year career at California State University, Northridge, working in Admissions and Records. Lydia and her husband have been supporting the Youth Project for many years. So, now finding herself with time on her hands, she is excited to be a part of the mission of the Youth Project.
“I feel honored to be associated with the SCV Youth Project and can’t wait to do whatever I can to contribute to its success,” Kravitz says.
Briley and Kravitz are added to a list of long time members including, Executive Committee Members Jerry Citarella, Martin Rodriguez, Tom Hough, Nancy Starczyk, Board Members Margie Ann Clark, Gregg Goodman, Jennifer Henningfield, Renee’ Kaehny, Danica Lynch, Ryan Moore and Advisory Board Members, John Lutz, Ed Masterson, Rosalind Wayman, Joe Trejo and Stacy Miller.
The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project is celebrating 13 years of providing FREE services to teens. In the past decade, they have touched the lives of more than 29,000 youth and 5,000 adults. Active on six high school and four junior high schools in the William S. Hart District, the Youth Project provides more than 8,000 sessions of support to over thousands of youth in the Santa Clarita Valley with serious life challenges, including depression, suicide, grief/loss, peer pressure and drug/alcohol abuse, said Kim Goldman, Executive Director since 2005.
“The kids we work with are working so hard to make better choices and to learn better coping and communication. They are battling outside influences that distract them sometimes, and we are there to help keep them on track to a healthier lifestyle.” said Goldman. “As hard as it is, to see teenagers struggle, we are so honored that they keep coming back, asking for support. We hope we are making a difference.”
ABOUT THE SCV YOUTH PROJECT
The Youth Project helps kids facing such serious issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, divorce, peer pressure, grief/loss, suicide, depression, etc. The Youth Project offers free, bilingual, one-to-one or group counseling, outreach/education and crisis intervention, distribute FRY cards (which lists emergency numbers) and leads a variety of specialized youth programs. For more information, to get involved, to make a tax deductible contribute, visit
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Source: Santa Clarita News