Thanks to our friend Linda O'Toole, we learned of the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, which is doing amazing work with young people in the Ojai Valley. After looking at what they are doing, we just had to go and do a Listening Session.
Last week, we received board approval, thanks to our intrepid contact at the foundation - Meg Wall - who paved the way for us to come. Meg has more energy and ideas than most anyone I have met and she loves helping kids - a dynamic combination.
So on May 27th, we will hit Southern California with a three-hour Listening Session beginning at 5 PM. We cannot wait to meet everyone and listen to what they have to say. Many thanks to the board for making this possible.
Check out their new website - http://www.ovyf.org/index.html to see all of the great programs they are running. One of their newest - Blinc - has been so successful that the Board has asked that it be continued long after it was scheduled to end.
I have never been to Ojai, which is about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, but it is surrounded by mountains not far from the Pacific Ocean and is considered to be quite a unique place to live. Ojai is derived from the Chumash word "Awahai", sounding like Ojai, meaning "Valley of the Moon”. Since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have the "Pink Moment" occur as the sun is setting. The fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink on the Topatopa Bluffs that stand at the east end of the Ojai Valley. We will see you soon, Ojai.