Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Recognizing National Depression Education and Awareness Month

Join community members as they recognize National Depression Education and Awareness Month at the 15th Annual Violence & Suicide Prevention Forum. Click the flyer to the right for a larger view of the details of the events.
For more information on suicide prevention, check out

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Women's Soccer: UCSB vs Arizona

Friday, September 25th
7 - 9 PM
UCSB Harder Stadium
FREE (with tickets)

101 Exit Los Carneros, head South on Los Carneros
Left at Mesa Rd.
Right on Stadium Rd.
Paid Parking ($ 3)

Please contact either Juliana ( or Anna ( for tickets!!

Introducing...Anna Lubin!!

Anna comes to us from AmeriCorps and has graciously offered to work part time with the Mentor Program as an Advocate through May 31, 2010.

Anna is one of four kids, a Santa Barbara native, and is currently a UCSB student majoring in Sociology. She will be graduating in June of 2010 and hopes to pursue a career in social work, aiming to help disadvantaged populations. She's off to a great start working with our program and spending time outside of school working with the homeless at Casa Esperanza. When she does have some free time (rare), she enjoys sunbathing, reading, being outside in the mountains, on the beach, or wherever she can get a breath of fresh air. She also loves spending time with her cat, Roxy, pet chickens, and friends and family.

Her first day was today and she's already off to a whirlwind start, helping to match a new mentor and mentee in Carpinteria and give a presentation to teachers at Isla Vista Elementary. Please feel free to introduce yourself and give her a warm welcome when you have a chance. She can be reached at: or at (805) 963-1433 x105.

Monday, September 21, 2009

For Your Information...

As a part of the YMCAs efforts to promote activity amongst our youth, the Santa Barbara YMCA is offering FREE teen memberships (ages 12-18) for this week, granting them full access to the facilities. Please contact me at, for the registration forms if you feel your mentee would like to participate. They are also offering group exercise demos at 4 PM every day this week.
For more information about America on the Move and for helpful tips and resources to help you incorporate healthy activities into your daily routines, please check out

Computers for Families
Children in the 4th-6th grades who lack access to a computer with Internet at home are eligible. Please contact Kristine Mainland White if you feel your mentee is eligible to receive these services:
805.964-4711 X5400
805.683.3597 Fax
Santa Barbara County Education Office
4400 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, Ca 93110

Computers for Secondary (Middle/High School) Students
Please contact Al Soenke at and request to be put on a waitlist. When a refurbished computer becomes available in the Dos Pueblos High School ROP refurbishing program, he will let you know!

Free SBHS Football Season Passes
Santa Barbara High School has provided us with passes for you and your mentee to their 2009 football season. You can view the game schedule at Please contact me to pick up a pass: or 963-1433 x113.

Mentor BBQ Pictures Now Available
You can find this picture and others from our 11th Annual Mentor Program BBQ here: Click on any thumbnail to view it in a bigger size. Scroll over the larger image, click "Save Photo". When the dialogue box pops up, click "Save", and select the folder in which you'd like to save the picture.
Many thanks to Katee Grace Photography for her time and for allowing us to have these beautiful pictures. For more of her photography, please check out or contact her at 805.637.7412.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Mentor of the Month

Ken Boomer is our September Mentor of the Month. He has been meeting with his mentee for over a year now through Isla Vista Elementary. As his mentee enters the 6th grade, he knows that Ken will continue to encourage and support him. Ken has done an amazing job of proving to his mentee that he can position himself to do well throughout the rest of his life. Ken has fostered his strengths and helped him figure out how to learn through his challenges.
His mentee was referred to the program because he was having challenges concentrating in school, which translated into academic difficulties. He was fidgeting in his seat, not paying attention, and wasn't motivated to stay on top of school work. He didn't have someone outside of school encouraging him to do well, to exhibit what it means to grow into a strong young male. Ken stepped in and showed his mentee that it is equally as important to get a good education as it is to be involved in healthy activities outside of school. His mentee was awarded with certificates for improvement in classroom behavior, math, and reading - improving 2 grade levels! He's also taught him that rewards can be far more appreciated when hard work precedes it. Ken and his mentee worked together to fix an old bike, and once it was finished, his mentee had earned the privilege to keep it and ride it. Through that, Ken continues to encourage him to keep physically active. Thank you, Ken, for all that you do to encourage a positive lifestyle with your mentee!!
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