After Foster Care, Youths’ Journey Starts Here

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Yahniie Bridges, Lucero Noyola, Patty Cabanillas, Gabby Hendriksen and Jesse Aguiar are all former foster youth who’ve found a new beginning at Journey House, a nonprofit that supports emancipated youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK
Yahniie Bridges, Lucero Noyola, Patty Cabanillas, Gabby Hendriksen and Jesse Aguiar are all former foster youth who’ve found a new beginning at Journey House, a nonprofit that supports emancipated youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

For many foster youth, emancipation signifies freedom from years of displacement, confusion, confinement and often trauma. This freedom is short-lived, however, when emancipated foster youth face the reality that with it comes the loss of any structure or support, however scant, on which they previously relied. While some assistance is available after emancipation, after the age of 18, resources become few and far between as former foster youth “age out” of the system. By 24, emancipated fosters are more or less on their own, tossed out by a system that has taught them little about surviving, let alone succeeding, in the real world. Continue reading “After Foster Care, Youths’ Journey Starts Here”

LCHS Grad Surveys NFL From Thoughtful Distance

Covering the NFL for the L.A. Times has placed La Cañada High School graduate Sam Farmer in some pretty heady company, whether sitting on a discussion panel with former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman (above), climbing a mountain with Commissioner Roger Goodell (below) or chatting up Denver quarterback Peyton Manning at practice (right).
Covering the NFL for the L.A. Times has placed La Cañada High School graduate Sam Farmer in some pretty heady company, whether sitting on a discussion panel with former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman (above), climbing a mountain with Commissioner Roger Goodell (below) or chatting up Denver quarterback Peyton Manning at practice (right).

This was a call he had to take.
It was former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson, wanting to know what everyone else did: Were his Rams coming back to L.A.?
“And I thought, ‘This is really a cool moment in my career,’” said Sam Farmer, a 1984 La Cañada High School graduate whose hard work covering the National Football League for the Los Angeles Times was recognized recently by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, which named him the California Sportswriter of the Year. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Surveys NFL From Thoughtful Distance”

Congregational Church Seen as Option for SMHS Tower

San Marino Congregational Church has emerged as a new option for the relocation of a cell tower on the grounds of San Marino High School, according to city Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes.
American Tower, which manages the tower for carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, had originally sought to relocate it to the grounds of Tony’s Pizza at the corner of Huntington Drive and Winston Avenue. But that has proven to be problematic. Continue reading “Congregational Church Seen as Option for SMHS Tower”

Carver K-Patrol Guides Little Ones on Their Way

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Carver Elementary School 5th-grader Erica De los Santos, a member of the school’s K-Patrol, directs kindergartners to their classrooms Friday morning.
Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK
Carver Elementary School 5th-grader Erica De los Santos, a member of the school’s K-Patrol, directs kindergartners to their classrooms Friday morning.

When kindergartner Jaden Manchanda arrived at Carver Elementary School on Friday morning, there was already a smile on his face. He didn’t seem too worried about saying goodbye to his parents as he exited their car and stepped onto the drop-off curb — after all, a new friend was already waiting for him. Fifth-grader Erica De los Santos approached the car and accepted Jaden’s backpack from his mom before taking the boy’s hand and leading him up the steps to the school. His parents didn’t need to worry about Jaden getting to his classroom, either — under the guidance of Carver’s K-Patrol, they knew he was in good hands. Continue reading “Carver K-Patrol Guides Little Ones on Their Way”

College Daughter Has the Winter Blues

Dear Parent Coach,
Our daughter is a college freshman at an Eastern university. She called us this week (unusual!) saying she is under a lot of stress with her classes. She admits she is staying up too late and isn’t eating well. She seems to manage having fun, but doesn’t have the same drive to handle her studies. She’s questioning whether or not she’s cut out to be in college, or if this is the right college for her. We aren’t ready to give in and say come home, but we feel frustrated and worried. How can we help her?
Signed, Puzzled Parents Continue reading “College Daughter Has the Winter Blues”

A Hoop of Hope Brightens Lives at Homeless Facility

On a recent afternoon at Door of Hope’s transitional apartment complex, several children who have been left homeless as a result of domestic violence emerged from their living quarters and stepped outside into the fresh air. Many reside here with their mothers and usually don’t venture beyond the building’s walls for security reasons. On this day, though, a surprise awaited them in the facility’s side yard. Continue reading “A Hoop of Hope Brightens Lives at Homeless Facility”

Harambee’s New Gadget Sends Imaginations Into Orbit

Students at Harambee Preparatory School have spent much of the past couple of weeks staring into space. Their teachers aren’t concerned, however — it’s not the result of boredom, daydreaming or even post-lunch food coma, but rather the donation of a new device that allows them an astronaut’s view from the International Space Station. Continue reading “Harambee’s New Gadget Sends Imaginations Into Orbit”

Sibling Rivalry is Universal in Families

Sibling rivalry is as old as Cain and Abel and as current as the latest argument at this morning’s breakfast table. Anyone who has at least one sibling has experienced its dynamics.
Whenever there is more than one child living in a family, sibling rivalry will naturally occur. However, petty arguments between brothers and sisters do have some basis and understandable causes. Every child has the primal desire to be loved, to have emotional security, in addition to the basic needs of food, clothing and a guidance-oriented environment. When there are two parents who are the source of all these needs, the more children who are living in a home, the more parents will be divided in their efforts to provide. Continue reading “Sibling Rivalry is Universal in Families”