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SCV Youth Project helps teens

‘Game of Life’ shows students how to find help in a crisis

Posted: April 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Canyon High School freshmen students pick up information from program coordinator Greg Pellzar, right, and peer mentor Alicia Frisbee at the SCV Youth Project booth.

Students at Canyon High School recently found themselves playing "The Game of Life" courtesy of the SCV Youth Project.

In addition to the Youth Project, representatives from Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Boys & Girls Club of SCV, Department of Child and Family Services, ACTION, Canyon High School Counseling Staff, city of Santa Clarita and Safe Rides also participated.

"The goal of the program is to teach teenagers how to resolve issues on their own, and to identify the appropriate resources and agencies, should they find themselves in a crisis," said Kim Goldman, executive director of the SCV Youth Project.

Each student was assigned a mock crisis scenario and had to determine where to go for help.

"We tried to make the scenarios as close to real life as possible," Goldman said.

The program was funded from a grant by the city of Santa Clarita.

The SCV Youth Project is funded entirely from grants and donations from individuals. Because of decreased funding the Youth Project is in need of more individual donations, said Goldman.

The nonprofit has launched Say Yes to Kids, a campaign to encourage individual donations.

The SCV Youth Project is in its 12th year of serving the SCV. It provides free peer counseling, support groups, outreach/education and crisis intervention to thousands of teens in the William S. Hart High School District. An average of 8,000 students are served each year.

The Youth Project receives no money from the school district for services.

The annual Sweet Charity Cake Auction to benefit the SCV Youth Project will be held April 21.

For more information about and to donate visit





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