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Altadena Sheriff's Station to Initiate Program For At-Risk-Youths

In an effort to provide youth to make good decisions in many areas of life, the Altadena Sheriff's Station will initiate an intervention program this February.

The Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives program is a 16-week program aimed at helping at-rick-youth between the ages of 11 and 17 1/2.  VIDA is designed to focus on topics including healthy living, academic and vocational achievement, truancy reduction, increased literacy and workforce preparation, authorities said in a press release.

Attendees are expected to complete 160 hours of training and educational courses, including 32 hours of counseling, which requires parental involvement. Physical training, life skills classes, field trips and service projects are also components of the program, authorities said.

VIDA partners with the Probation Department, school districts, juvenile courts and community-based organizations to assure accountability and provide needed services, authorities said.

Classes begin February 12 and enrollment is in progress. Enrollment is $75, which covers the cost of a uniform, field trip expenses and drug testing.

To learn more about VIDA, visit the program website, call (626) 798-1131 (ext. 2617), or email altadenavida@gmail.com.

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