youth

For over 25 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County has provided mentor relationships for over 3,300 children. The mission of Big Brother Big Sisters is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. 

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County, Program Director, Laura Albers, Match Support Specialist, Lexi Frankiewich, and a 2021 volunteer Bigs of the Year, Jessica Micklus. They will discuss their work empowering kids in our community to achieve their full potential and what can be done to assist in these efforts.

The Peace Academy of the Sciences and Arts of San Luis Obispo (PASA) vision is a community of lifelong learners who become competent caretakers and peace leaders for our world. To do this they have developed programs for students to strengthen individuality, seek their potential, and maximize their opportunity to learn and contribute. Join Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with members of The Peace Academy of the Sciences and Arts of San Luis Obispo (PASA)—Sandra Sarrouf, PASA teacher, cultural worker and founder of Cultural Creations; and Dara Stepanek, PASA teacher, integrative nutrition coach, and restaurant owner. They will discuss the mission of PASA to inspire a deep understanding of self and others through a learning culture that celebrates creative innovation, enriched collaborative experiences, and connection through core human values.

Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA) of San Luis Obispo County has been serving foster youth in San Luis Obispo County for over 25 years. They advocate for the best interest of children who have been removed from their parents because of abuse or neglect. At any given time, there can be up to 500 foster youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, and CASA has dedicated, caring volunteers working with at least half of these children to be a consistent presence in their life and advocating for the best interests of these abused and neglected children within the court system. That leaves more than 200 children still waiting for help from CASA.

Broadcast date: 9/21/2017

As a leader in the movement to provide an alternative to the negative influences children face every day. The mission of Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation(PRYAF) is to enrich the lives of area youth with free classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment. They provide over 300 students ages 5–18 with over fifty weekly classes and serve over 1,200 students annually. PYAF is making an impact by encouraging students to stay in school, look toward higher education, stay off drugs, out of gangs and out of trouble.

Broadcast date: 9/14/2017

Many experts believe the increased legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless among youth. With this misperception, youth are using the drug at  increased rates. For example, the 2016 VITAL SIGNS reports shows a major increase in marijuana consumption among San Luis Obispo County teens. It reported forty-one percent of eleventh graders used marijuana in the past 30 days, compared to just 26% in 2013. A 15% increase. Why is this such a concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on brain function of the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.

The Odyssey Project

Jul 1, 2015

Broadcast date: 7/2/2015

How can Homer’s Odyssey help incarcerated youth?  The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process. It takes youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara County and pairs them with undergraduate students from UC Santa Barbara. 

Broadcast date: 6/11/2015

Although there are a number of valuable career mentoring programs for youth on the Central Coast, there are none quite like this one. Through aviation education and mentoring, a Different Point of View shows students a world they’ve never seen before.

Juvenile Incarceration

Jul 7, 2014

Americans spend nearly ten times more to imprison a child then we would to educate them.  In her book, Burning Down the House, Nell Bernstein reveals that we are risking the future of a third of our children.