We were part of the fortunate group who got to meet Van Jones last night at a fundraiser for AHA!–the local nonprofit Academy of Healing Arts dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence, and social conscience in teenagers–which was featured in SEASONS magazine last fall.
Progressive dynamo Jones was a compelling speaker (we’d expect no less from a man that TIME magazine called one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009) but the stories of the teenagers who have been helped by AHA! were even more compelling.
This innovative program is currently being implemented at Santa Barbara, San Marcos and Carpinteria high schools, as well as through after school groups, but it desperately needs donations to continue its good work in our community. Check out this video to learn more.
Visit http://ahasb.com/ to learn more about AHA! or to make a donation.