Sheriff's youth intervention program graduates 16th class.
This Saturday will mark the end of the 16-week Vital
Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) program for 31 Santa Clarita
Valley youth participants of class #16, but will also mark the beginning of
their new outlook and potentially a lifetime of positive influences and
contacts established through the program.
The graduates will be formally recognized at Saturday's ceremony, which will be
held at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of Belvedere
Middle School in Los
Angeles. In attendance will be SCV Sheriff’s Captain
Jacques A. LaBerge and VIDA Deputy Tim Ferrone.
The VIDA program is funded by the city of Santa Clarita.
Supplemental funding, provided by a grant issued by the federal government's
Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT), also helps offset some
Officers from the United States Marine Corps, members of community-based organizations,
and city officials also volunteer their time to help make the program a huge
VIDA graduating Class #16 is unique in that it is the first VIDA class in the
program's history to be issued formal VIDA uniforms paid for by the city of Santa
Clarita. These new formal uniforms added a sense of
organization, unity, and camaraderie to the program and its participants.
Established in February 2006 in the City of Santa
Clarita, the VIDA Program or Vital Intervention and
Directional Alternatives, is a 16-week program designed to assist
"at-risk" youth between the ages of 12 and 17 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 our community. All this is done in an effort to help redirect negative
behavior of our youth, who may be tempted to explore gang affiliation, drug
use, or crime.
VIDA Class #17 is scheduled to start on February
14, 2009. Open registration will be held throughout the month of
January. For additional information or
interviews, contact Deputy Tim Ferrone at (661) 510-0881 or visit