Parents worried about their kids, ages 11-17, going down the “wrong path’’ were urged by the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s station on Monday to consider the VIDA program – short for Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives.
VIDA is a 16-week academy designed to steer non-violent “at-risk” youth away from negative behavior and truancy, while breaking the cycle of criminal behavior, according to a news released the Sheriff’s Department issued.
“VIDA utilizes proactive, innovative, cognitive based techniques to provide positive redirection for participants and their families,’’ it said.
The next academy course begins Feb. 16, 2016. Classes take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Parents or guardians interested are invited to informational meetings this Thursday and also next Thursday, Jan. 26, both at 7 p.m.
The meetings will be held at the VIDA Academy site, located at Bouquet Canyon Elementary School, 28110 Wellston Drive, Santa Clarita.
“Deputies in the program work directly with community based organizations, teachers, psychologists, and drug counselors who donate their time and expertise to assist in the success of the program,’’ the Sheriff’s Department said. “VIDA is an effort to educate youth about their choices and the consequences of those choices.’’
Wednesday classes run from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday classes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday classes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents or guardians may attend the Thursday sessions.
The program costs $75, which includes uniforms and lunches on Saturday.
More information is available by contacting Deputy Tim Ferrone at (661) 510-0881, or by going to http://scvsheriff.com/vida/.