Church Leaders, Educators Discuss Youth Challenges

Photo courtesy Todd Reynolds
Among those who attended a recent summit of church and educational leaders are (front row, from left) Wendy Sinnette, Kip Glazer, Rosemary Johnston, D.J. Severin, Tanya Wilson, Sister Celeste Botello, Allison Clay, Father Christopher Iwancio, Will Moffitt, Lucinda Guarino and the Rev. Chuck Osburn. Back: Connie Knight, Peter Bachmann, Ian McFeat, Katie Phillips-Rector, David Gill, Jim Cartnal, the Rev. Anthony Keller, Rick Callister, Kyle Sears, Andrew Shaw, Eddie Mariel, the Rev. Msgr. Antonio Cacciapuoti and the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer.

Church leaders in La Cañada Flintridge recently invited educational leaders to lunch at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. The purpose was to better understand the challenges facing today’s youth and to identify some ways the local churches can be more helpful to students and their families.
Principals, headmasters, counselors and disciplinarians shared many of the most acute and many of the most pervasive challenges their students are facing in their learning experience. The collective wisdom of these educational leaders proved valuable to church leaders and will help them reshape their efforts with young people and their families going forward.
Representatives from La Cañada Unified School District, St. Francis High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Flintridge Preparatory School and the Community Prevention Council had unique perspectives and shared some common challenges — stress, anxiety and depression were common, as were various destructive coping mechanisms (substance abuse, technology and social media abuse, and self-isolation).
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LCF’s Barba Celebrates 100th Birthday

Alma Barba
Alma Barba

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Alma Barba celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by friends, family and neighbors on Oct. 1 at a private club in Pasadena.
Barba was born in 1917, in Lexington, Massachusetts. A resident of LCF since May 1956, she remains active and involved locally.
She was a member and past president of the La Cañada Flintridge Women’s Club, a member of Thursday Club, of Children’s’ Home Society and currently is active with Ahead With Horses, a nonprofit that provides therapy, education and recreation through horses to children who are disabled, disadvantaged, at-risk or who have special needs. Barba also volunteers with the La Cañada Assistance League. Continue reading “LCF’s Barba Celebrates 100th Birthday”