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  • Leadership Santa Maria Valley: Exploring Youth and Education in Our Community

    On Friday October 1st, Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2021 had the unique opportunity to explore Youth and Education in our community.

    The class received a warm greeting from Principal Michelle Cox and students of St. Mary’s Catholic School.  After enjoying a wonderfully prepared breakfast, the LSMV class took part in morning prayer before sitting through a very informative presentation about educational choices available to parents, and what schools are doing different during the COVID pandemic.  What the LSMV class walked away with was a greater appreciation and respect for educators and the children they mold into leaders of tomorrow.     

    Next on the day’s agenda was a trip to the Santa Maria Public Library.  Here the class learned about the Santa Maria Public Library’s “Book Mobile”.  Need a book for pleasure or research and can’t come the library?  No problem, the library can come to you was the message from Stacey, the program presenter. 

    While at the library, the class had a chance to speak with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Kim Davis.  Kim shared the mission of CASA is to assure a safe, permanent, and nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in court.  Class members were deeply moved by the passion Kim had for the organization and its mission.  Kim also shared the programs need for volunteer advocates. For more information on being a CASA advocate, please visit sbcasa.org.

    Next stop for LSMV class 2021 was the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Justice Center.  While at the center, the class received a tour of the juvenile courtroom from Judge Arthur Garcia.  Judge Garcia
    shared with the class the juvenile court process and why the courtroom layout is designed the way it is.  During our short time with Judge Garcia, it was evident that he believes in the mission of his position and the responsibility to the juveniles that pass through his courtroom.  However, Judge Garcia also believes that there must be consequences to a juvenile’s poor decisions.

    Last stop on the agenda was a trip to Pioneer Park where the class enjoyed a leadership presentation from Jim Mackinley, Inspector General from Vandenberg Space Force Base.  Jim shared with the class his leadership view on matching people with positions based on their skill sets, and a supervisor’s roll in supervising those individuals.

    Overall, this was another inspirational, educational, productive topic day.  Special thanks to the topic day team who made the day possible.