Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project

November 2011
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SCV Youth Project's mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where teens and families are strengthened, empowered and equipped with the tools they need to live successful and fulfilling lives.

We change lives of youth, parents, and families. We are easily accessible to all through:
- Crisis Intervention              - Peer Mentoring
- Parent Support                   - Group Counseling 

Hello Supporters! 12 year logo The Youth Project has been really busy since school came back in August.  With a new and fully trained staff of 1st and 2nd year Masters level students of social work and an MFT trainee - we hit the ground running when school resumed in September.  The Youth Project actively participated at numerous Back to School Nights, Teen Scene Unplugged with guest speaker Stacy Kaiser, as well as supported the Heroin Kills Symposium, sponsored by the Blue Ribbon Task Force,.  We have quickly made ourselves at home with thirteen schools in the Hart School district, facilitating 11 support groups (with a few more scheduled), providing weekly Teen 411's, Lunchtime Madness, Peer Mentoring and multiple Classroom Presentations. 

We are continually in awe of the willingness of the students we serve to be open and honest in their search for help.  We have spent a lot of time talking to teens about depression, suicidal ideations, drugs/alcohol , grief/loss, the impact the economy has had on their family, struggles in the home with mom and dad out work, bullying issues at school or in the neighborhood; our kids are hurting. We know how hard this time is for teens and for parents, and we are so fortunate to be part of the journey to healthy living and positive coping.  And yes, while it may not be YOUR kid that benefits from our direct services, it might be your kids friend and classmate that is struggling - we all need to be looking out for them and each other - it keeps us all a little more sane and a lot more safe.

I never like to leave a room without reminding our supporters and our community, what an honor it is to work in an arena that impacts the lives of so many people.  We have the utmost pleasure of watching these teens get stronger, more confident, make better choices - it's truly inspiring. 

Make sure you check it out, send us your comments; let us know what you want to talk and learn about - nothing is off limits, and we always maintain confidentiality.  Our goal is provide families with information that will help bridge the communication gap with their teenagers and to educate ourselves on issues that our youth are facing daily.  Get involved, be empowered, make a difference!

All Best,
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Kim Goldman, Executive Director 

BIG THANKS to The Gas Company and Tony Tartaglia (featured here), for awarding The Youth Project a check for $5,000 under their Education Initiative for 2011.
  Funds will be used to continue providing FREE campus based services to at-risk and underserved teens in the Santa Clarita Valley.  We are so proud to be partnered with a company that has consistently seen the value in the giving back and supporting its local charities and communities.
Another BIG THANK YOU to Boston Scientific &their
Employee Resource Group: SAIL (South Asians In Leadership)for purchasing more office supplies than we know what to do with! We are so grateful for your support of our programs.  

Special Acknowledgment to the ongoing support by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors, who continue to make the Youth Project one of their beneficiaries of the annual Educational Summit.  We are proud to share the proceeds from this years event with the YES I CAN program at West Ranch High School, a program we also partner with.  Congrats to West Ranch HS and THANK YOU!
Pictured here: Sal Aranda, SRAR President, Nancy Starczyk, SRAR Director & SCVYP Secretary, Kim Goldman, SCVYP Executive Director, Gregg Goodman, SCVYP Board President, and Erika Kauzlarich-Bird, SRAR President-Elect.

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Teen Testimonial

"I am benefitting from the program, it helps me vent and I get to have someone give me advice on what I should do. This program has helped me in both tenth, and is helping me through eleventh." 
- Anonymous, Golden Valley HS 

 "My parents found out about me participating in the SCVYP - they thought that it has helped me.  It helps me control myself"
- Amanda, 15 yo:

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SCVYP Board of Directors & Advisory Committee  

Chairman Emeritus
Cameron Smyth
Assemblyman, 38th Assembly District    

Nancy Starczyk ,Secretary
Tom Hough, Treasurer 

Board of Directors

Amie Barker

Margie Ann Clark

Steve Elzer

Maggi Havas

Jennifer Henningfield 

Renee' Kaehny 

Danica Lynch
Jackie MacDougall

Martin Rodriguez
Scott Schauer

Advisory Committee

John Lutz
Ed Masterson
Stacy Miller
Joshua Nowak
Keith Seals
Tony Tartaglia
Kevin Tonoian
Joe Trejo
Rosalind Wayman


If you would like to do more for the Youth Project, send us an email, let us know how you would like to help, we would love to hear from you.    



Support your favorite charity, while sipping your favorite coffee!  Buy your favorite coffee and a portion of your sale will benefit the SCVYP!

Newhall Coffee for A Cause Supports SCVYP

 Join SCREAMIN COUPONS, and the SCV Youth Project will receive $1 per sign up plus, 5% to 10% of our proceeds from each purchase made by YOU!!  Just don't forget to chose the SCV Youth Project as the benefactor.

Protecting Our Youth

A recent
story about an alleged sexual assault against an 11yr old male in the bathroom at the local mall, flooded the community and sparked much debate as to how to protect our youth against sexual predators.  Many parents  immediately reacted with statements like " I will never let my child go into a bathroom alone again", while others scramble for ways to protect their children from potential harm.  The Youth Project is not taking a position as to which is the appropriate response, however, we are all about arming you with information so that you can make informed decisions.  Below is an excerpt taken from an article from, giving parents a few tips as to how to speak with their kids about this very difficult topic. 

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Upcoming FUNdraising Events

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The Youth Project is active on the following campuses:

Arroyo Seco Junior High           La Mesa Junior High           
Rio Norte Junior High 
Placerita Junior High                  Rancho Pico Junior High    Sierra Vista Junior High

Castaic Middle School

Bowman High School                Canyon High School            
Golden Valley High School 

Hart High School                        Saugus High School               West Ranch High School
Valencia High School

Each school is participating in one or more of our FREE programs.  Call us for more information if you would like to request services.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

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Kim Goldman, Executive Director