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Eye On The Valley – What Reopening Will Look Like in SCV – May 7, 2020

Host: Matt Watson

Co-Host: Amber Raskin, Founder & Executive Director of iLEAD Schools

Topic: What Reopening Will Look Like in SCV

Guests: Denise Redmond, Founder & Executive Director of Carousel Ranch; Frank Oviedo, Assistant City Manager for Santa Clarita; Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR

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What Reopening Will Look Like in SCV — May 7, 2020

On this episode of Eye On The Valley presented by SCVi & iLEAD Schools, Amber is out, and Matt Watson drives the show today.

Our first guest on the show is Denise Redmond, Founder & Executive Director of Carousel Ranch. Denise calls in to the show to talk about what the ranch does to help children and young adults with special needs. Carousel Ranch provides therapy services with the help of their wonderful horses to children and young adults with special needs. They are fully certified and licensed to provide therapy services in only the way they can. Carousel Ranch provides a place people can go to have fun and experience the joy of riding a horse. Denise talks about how Carousel Ranch has been able to adapt while helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and how they are preparing to for the next steps as the United States moves closer to reopening. Denise and the entire staff at Carousel Ranch are incredible people who are dedicated to providing equestrian therapy to those with special needs, and they can’t wait to reopen to continue serving the community. If you would like to find out more about their services or donate to their amazing organization, check out their website by clicking here. Listen to Denise’s full interview in the first segment of the first hour of the show.

Our next guest on the show is Frank Oviedo, Assistant City Manager for Santa Clarita. Frank calls in to the show to talk about the latest information on what Santa Clarita will be doing to move towards reopening. Frank and Matt start the conversation by talking about what led Frank to becoming the Assistant City Manager. Frank and his wife are both from Santa Clarita and they are extremely grateful for the opportunity to help city continue to grow. Frank explains in great detail what his role is at the city and what he does to help the City Manager and the city itself. Matt continues on to ask Frank about what it means to go into “Phase 2” and what that means for Santa Clarita. Frank provides an awesome update on what Santa Clarita will be doing in the upcoming weeks to begin reopening. Frank and his team have not been given the exact details on the extent to which they are able to reopen, but work is already being done to allow stores around the city to reopen. Matt also asks Frank about what open spaces and parks will be open over the weekend with Mother’s Day approaching and the potential of businesses not being open yet. Frank also answers questions on what might be open when Fall comes around. Listen to a great interview on what Santa Clarita is doing to move forward in the first segment and second segments of the second hour of the podcast.

Our last guest is Kristina de Bree, MA, LMFT, EMDR, and she calls in to talk about suicide during Mental Health Awareness Month. Kristina talks about the various forms of negative mental health that can lead to suicidal behavior, and how those can be addressed. Kristina talks about the flags that can be spotted in order to get an idea of whether you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts. Listen to Kristina address this difficult and important topic in the third segment of the second hour of the show.

About SCVi & iLEAD Schools:

“At iLEAD we’ve built a model based on what we believe to be the best of all that is out there. We believe passionately in project-based learning not because it’s a fad but because it goes to the heart of how kids learn. We’ve incorporated technology not as a spiffy add-on but as an organic part of the learning process in the 21st century.

We value and encourage leadership not just as a part of a career track but by instilling in each learner the confidence and character that inspire others.

It’s not unusual that we want our learners to think for themselves. But to do this requires a grounding in the arts, in design and in humanities, and the need to feel at home in the world. For us, “thinking for themselves” is not just about solving problems but about an organic vision of the world they live in and one they will inherit.

Finally, we value the social and emotional development of our learners. We believe there is an implicit, as well as an explicit, curriculum to teach. Our goal is nothing short of learning, to change the world.” Read More…

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Eye On The Valley – What Reopening Will Look Like in SCV – May 7, 2020

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About Shane Cutchall

Born and raised in Canyon Country, Shane graduated from Canyon High School in 2012. A year away from obtaining a Communication B.A. from CSU Bakersfield, Shane joins the KHTS staff to board-op and KHTS Sports Reporter.