LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Lancaster Station is accepting applications for the Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) program slated to begin in August.
VIDA is a 16-week program for “at-risk” youth between the ages of 11 and 17 that integrates counseling, physical fitness and community service to curb criminal behavior through positive reinforcement.
VIDA is designed to redirect young people who may be struggling with issues such as defiance, anger, failing grades, truancy, family discord and substance abuse, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. The program teaches participants how to make better life choices and take responsibility for their future.
“VIDA incorporates physical fitness training, impulse control, life skills training, emotional management techniques, parent-teen and conflict resolution,” Stamsek states. “VIDA is an opportunity for participants to work with law enforcement and other community-based organizations to create positive influences in their lives that will encourage them to succeed.”
Participants are referred to VIDA through the juvenile courts, schools or by their parents.
The local 16-week class will start Aug. 22, and participants will graduate Dec. 12, according to Stamsek.
For registration information, visit www.vida.la or call 661-949-6585.