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+ Active lifestyles are a hallmark of life in the South Bay. You see this in the pages of Southbay magazine each issue where we bring you the stories of the people in our community who move us. Twice a year we bring you Southbay Health, where we delve further into our healthy way of living. Look for the next issue of Southbay Health coming this May to check our new section highlighting local South Bay businesses that will help you look, feel and be—YOUR BEST SELF.


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68 CAMP GUIDE Summer destinations for kids and teens

80 SOCIAL SKILLS Influencer Pierson Wodzynski

86 WEEKENDER San Diego getaway

110 SEEN Who’s who around the South Bay

138 LAST WORD I Know the Answer

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ALSO...

AIR, SUN & SALT

CLEAN UP NICELY

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A pair of dedicated paddlers gets kids

A Palos Verdes mom gets her daughters

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

outside for epic days on the water when

on board with a soapmaking business.

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they need it most.

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LEARN BY HEART

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

WITHIN REACH

Exploring the South Bay’s unique

Fusion Academy Palos Verdes

Seeking a better fit for her daughter’s learning

relationship with educational organization

challenges, a Palos Verdes mom helps unlock

School on Wheels.

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the power of education for others.

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Richstone Family Center

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GETTING CREATIVE

20 UNDER 20

The South Bay Artist Collective offers

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In a year like no other, the teens of the

a safe and satisfying outlet for kids

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

South Bay traded sports, classes, proms,

in need of artistic expression.

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Many rose to the occasion, filling their time

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with compassion, integrity and purpose. Here

ARTISTIC ACADEMIA

PROFILES

we feature 20 young women and men making

USC’s new Glorya Kaufman School of

All About Kids

each moment count.

Dance is being hailed as one of the most

graduations and more for long days at home.

innovative programs in the world.

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REAL ESTATE

RYSE UP

Spectacular local listings

Four years after his untimely death, Redondo Union basketball star Ryse Williams inspires loved ones to raise awareness for a rare form of cancer.

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MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE On behalf of all of us at Morgan’s, I offer our profound gratitude to those members of our community who have been on the frontline fighting COVID-19 over this past year. Thousands of COVID-19 positive patients were attended to by our local hospitals, emergency departments and physician’s offices. Many offered not only compassionate care, but have also reached out with financial and family support. These essential workers along with their spirit of collaboration, of caring and commitment to uphold the very highest standards of excellence has not gone unnoticed. Your efforts have been recognized, and you have our deepest gratitude. There is more work to be done and more challenges ahead, but this past year has taught us to be optimistic, to extend a helping hand, and most of all to have a grateful heart. With sincere gratitude,

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Tomorrowland When we photographed last year’s “20 Under 20” in

As this year’s “20 Under 20” came together, the set-

late February 2020, none of us truly understood how

ting changed to accommodate a pandemic reality. We

dramatically our lives would change in just a few weeks.

asked them to meet us outside, in community venues

I remember talking to the teenagers as they prepared for

where they could have space and safety. I expected a

the camera—chatting about their college plans, prom

shift in their energy after a year of at-home learning and

proposals, all the things a soon-to-be graduating senior

limited social interaction. Instead I was greeted with the

would have top of mind. The issue hit households just as

optimism and joy of last year’s class. In many ways, they

the country (and world) began to lock down. I can only

appeared stronger and more resilient than ever. Despite

imagine that all the optimism and joy I experienced with

many unknowns lingering around their next few months,

the teens at that shoot turned to fear and uncertainty.

they didn’t seem deterred or disappointed. On the con-

As a middle-aged man, I didn’t have the calendar of

trary, they embodied a collective sense that everything

milestone events most of these young men and women

is going to be OK. If South Bay’s future can see a path

had on their 2020 agenda. Sure, I had to cancel a trip to

forward, then so can we.

Europe and recalibrate my work schedule like so many others. But you can reschedule a vacation. You can’t reschedule a graduation or prom with your peers a year later. These ceremonies and events went on, in one way or another, thanks to the resourcefulness of their school leaders. But that “what if?” will always be there.

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KATHRYN (KAT) MUELLER | Kat is a portrait photographer currently residing in Pasadena. Her background as a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s film program, as well as 15 years of being behind the camera on movies and television, is what informs her narrative approach to her photography subjects today. You can follow her work on Instagram @katsnaps.photography.

DIANE E. BARBER | Diane is a South Baybased lifestyle journalist, interior designer, equestrian and animal lover. Her writing is inspired by her passion for celebrating incredible people, animals and the arts. She is a construction design expert, and when not creating new living spaces, she is immersed in her beloved horse world.

SHANE O’DONNELL | Shane is a Wisconsinborn photographer living in the South Bay. His documentary and commercial training brings a realistic and refined style to his work. He photographs catalog, advertising, architecture and travel and has shot for such clients as Budweiser, Hershey, Syfy Channel and Vespa. seelikeshane.com

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air, sun & salt A PAIR OF DEDICATED PADDLERS GETS KIDS OUTSIDE FOR EPIC DAYS ON THE WATER WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST. Written by Jared Sayers | Photographed by Jeff Berting


2014. My life was full. Good, but full. A couple things stick out: My wife gave birth to two beautiful boys, so I was figuring out what it means to be a dad while simultaneously my career began to take flight, and shortly thereafter we purchased our first home. 2014 also marked the year my father-in-law entered the ring to go toe-to-toe with a fierce opponent called cancer. So, yeah ... 2014 had some high-highs as well as some low-lows. Do you ever look back on your life and see things that took place just at the right moment? One of those things for me in 2014 was taking a deep dive into the world of prone paddling. No particular reason; it just kind of happened that way. And looking back, the timing couldn’t have been better. A quick back-of-the-envelope on prone paddling—a tradition that runs very deep within the South Bay DNA, dating as far back as 1930 with names like Greg Noll, Tom Blake and Ricky Grigg. It comprised predominantly lifeguards who, in their spare time, would take 14-foot or longer watercraft from Catalina to the mainland in one push. How could I say no? This was ultimate high adventure right outside my front door. The allure of what lay far beyond the surf line was enough to ignite a fiery curiosity … and subsequently became a reality. I began to venture out every morning into the ocean, fumbling. Yet every time I came back with this prodigious smile that would last the remainder of my day. Soon my body became stronger, my confidence grew and my agility increased. The smile on my face expanded exponentially as well. One morning I decided to paddle to a buoy about 4 miles offshore. It would be my first attempt at the new destination, which was a regular stopping place for many

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local paddlers. As I muscled my way out, determined to

she has raced the Rock 2 Rock—a 22-mile paddle from

reach my target, I could feel nerves begin to surface. I

Catalina to San Pedro—10 times, winning about half that

watched the color of the water change—showing me just

she entered. She’s paddled the iconic Catalina Classic 12

how much of it there actually was underneath me. The

times and won two of them. She paddled Molokai to Oahu

hairs on my neck stood on end thinking about the types

five times, and she even represented the USA at the ISA

of fish that could potentially be between my board and

World Paddleboard Championship in Denmark.

the ocean floor. I approached the buoy and saw that someone was already there. As I closed in, it looked like a female sitting up on her board. As I got even closer, I noticed things like the size of her smile. Teeth and all. “Well, I don’t recognize you,” she said in a very welcoming tone. “Yeah, it’s my first time out here.” “It is? Wow! Congratulations!” Was she messing with me? Surely she couldn’t be this ecstatic about my maiden voyage, but her smile was a dead giveaway. She was being as genuine as one could be and was seemingly more stoked on my achievement than I was. As I was about to introduce myself, she yelled, “Whales!” I glanced over my shoulder at what seemed

So why does a pediatric physical therapist dedicate so much time to life on the water, on a paddleboard? “Because it gives me space,” she answers. I don’t necessarily think she is referring simply to physical space, though certainly that is one benefit. It’s also space to figure things out. Space to feel. Space to breathe. Space to play. Space to laugh. Space to cry. Space that allows the true pieces of who she is to come to the surface. When asked what paddling means to her, she answers after a long deliberation: “Everything. Paddling means everything to me. I don’t know how else to say it.” You can hear it in her tone. This is serious. Somehow spending hours and hours paddling in the middle of the ocean has cut to the center of who she is, and it means everything to her.

like a submarine rising from the deep. It was the back

Enter Kurt Fry—a high-tech sales exec, former col-

of one of the largest living creatures I had ever seen: a

legiate water polo player (UCLA), coach and, what else,

California grey whale.

a paddler. Kurt has worn many hats. But in 2017 during

I froze. Not in fear. Rather pure awe. Without hesitation, the female paddler dropped to her belly and began stroking toward the 40-ton underwater creature—utterly fearless while keeping a respectful distance. I watched as the two began to move in unison down the coastline, ultimately disappearing from view. That is how I met DJ Wilson. DJ is a pediatric physical therapist by trade. As much time as she dedicates to pediatrics, DJ spends an equal amount of time on the water … paddling. As I continued to go further into my paddling journey that year, DJ began to pop up seemingly everywhere I turned—each time with that same infectious smile I remembered from that day at the buoy. Over time I realized that DJ is one of the cornerstones for women’s prone paddling worldwide. For context,

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his first Catalina Classic, a question popped into his head mid-race. Why is prone paddling only attracting a select few when the benefits can extend far beyond all ages, races, genders and creeds? What he came up with seemed to be relatively simple solves for barriers like cost, coaching and storage. His first step? Go after the younger generation. Get kids psyched on paddling and make it more accessible and affordable. Why start with the kids? Because they have the most to gain. In a world that is moving at such a rapid pace, Kurt carved out some margin amidst the madness for kids to experience something that gets them outside to commune with nature; builds confidence; promotes fitness, camaraderie and community; and provides an atmosphere where identity and self-exploration can be fostered. But of course he couldn’t go it alone. He had to have the world’s most dominant female paddler to help him along the way: DJ Wilson. Together Kurt and DJ created Oceans Prone Paddle with the primary initiative of growing the sport of paddling by bridging the gap between general interest and financial commitment. $25 is what it takes. $25 to rent any board you want and go experience the ocean in a whole new way that for some reason gives you a smile as large as DJ’s. In addition to the rental program, Kurt and DJ have also bridged the COVID-19 gap by offering group workouts for kids who are properly socially distanced, amidst the salty air and sea … where the virus does not stand much of a chance. Additionally, Kurt says, the ocean is the greatest equalizer. The best athlete on land is not necessarily the best paddler on the water. So it levels the playing field and creates cohesion and connection amongst the group—a connection to the natural environment but more so a connection with each other. “Paddling saved summer.” “Paddling saved my child.” This is the type of feedback Kurt and DJ receive from parents all the time—proof our kids need more. And proof

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Kurt and DJ have tapped into a beautiful alchemy of things

of our family exit this world. How can those two things

that have always been there—air, sun and salt. They just

possibly coexist within one year? Well, as far as I can tell,

added a paddleboard, a little guidance and more access.

it’s just how the ride runs at times.

So it should come as no surprise that Kurt and DJ have

I’ll argue we are all collectively feeling every bit of the

found tremendous success in a short time. What’s next?

ride at the moment, are we not? And yet amidst such se-

With DJ’s pediatric physical therapy background, getting

vere highs and lows and atmospheric shifts and changes

more involved with special needs kids and adding adap-

in our world, Kurt and DJ are offering to be equalizers—

tive equipment so they too can experience the ocean’s

to help smooth out the ride a bit for us all by simply un-

healing properties remain central.

veiling what life is like beyond the surf line. And they are

Also, they are opening a restaurant and concession stand on the beach in El Segundo. Oceans Café & Grill will provide great food and refreshments and serve as home base for launching paddle races, rentals, gear sales, training, coaching and a new beach camp for kids.

choosing to start with our kids. Yes, more please. Could paddling be the answer and ultimate antidote? It certainly was for me. For more information on how to experience paddling safely and enjoyably, please visit oceansprone.org.

Pause. Zoom out. Back to the beginning …

Warning: Side effects may include smiling for abnormally

In 2014 my wife and I brought two kids into this world

long periods of time. ■

while simultaneously watching another integral member

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Chloe Reid Boutelle’s love for her family and

higher education. Soon after she graduated,

passion for education were the inspiration for

the dean of the university (a Californian) en-

the family’s relocation from their mountaintop

couraged her to pursue a position at a new law

home in Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

school in California.

Chloe and her husband, psychologist Ronald

“She was my mentor and knew that I wanted

Boutelle, discovered that their daughter,

to work in higher education instead of practic-

Sydnee, was learning challenged when she

ing law,” she says. “There was an opening

was attending college preparatory elementary

for the director of admissions at Whittier Law

school. Their little girl’s struggles spoke to the

School, and she strongly urged me to apply. I

heart of Chloe’s calling in life and paved the

did, and six weeks later I was on a plane to Los

way for change.

Angeles to launch my career.”

“Education is power, and education can

Chloe’s career path later landed her at the

change everything. That is my ethos that I

USC Gould School of Law in 2006, where she

live by,” she shares. “Everything I do and am

is currently the director of special projects

involved with is about educating and empow-

and development. During her tenure at USC,

ering children. My father worked as a janitor,

her commitment to education and her quest

among other jobs, and my mother was a sec-

to help her daughter led her to Renaissance

retary when I was growing up in the foothills

School located on the Rolling Hills Prep

of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

campus in San Pedro. It was founded to

Neither of them went to college, but they

meet the academic needs of neurodiverse

always stressed the importance of education to

kids in grades 6–12.

my sister and me.” Chloe heeded her parents’ wise advice. She

“An educational therapist told me about the school just in time for sixth-grade enroll-

attended undergraduate school and earned

ment. In addition to the many opportuni-

her law degree in 1988 at the University of

ties of an independent school education, the

Tennessee, where she realized her love for

Renaissance School provides opportunities for

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“EDUCATION IS POWER, AND EDUCATION CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING. THAT IS MY ETHOS THAT I LIVE BY.”

students to work on their executive function-

being gifted on the autism spectrum or having

ing skills, social skills and individual learning

high reading comprehension with a struggle to

challenges or strengths, as in a student who

read aloud.”

might be very mathematical but needs remediation in spelling.” Renaissance students learn in a small-group

has fiduciary responsibility for Rolling Hills

They participate in classes within Renaissance

Prep, Renaissance and REACH. “I have always

School and are also a part of the entire Rolling

been engaged with Sydnee’s schools, either

Hills Prep/Renaissance community with

as a classroom mom or with the PTA,” she

classes in the arts, science and sports. Two

explains. “When the board learned about my

years ago, REACH School for elementary-

30-year education and administration back-

aged students was added to offer differenti-

ground, I was asked to join them. After my

ated education for younger children with a

first year, I was elected as chair in 2019.”

wide range of learning challenges, including

Sydnee is now 16 years old and happily

autism, attention deficit disorder, processing

excelling at Renaissance School. “Sydnee is

differences, dyslexia and dysgraphia.

on the soccer team and is really into technical theatre. She enjoys being behind the scenes of

“Some students are visual learners, some are

school plays and musicals, particularly operat-

auditory learners, some are more intuitive and

ing the soundboard and lighting,” her mother

some are more hands-on. One in every five

says with pride. “She would love to be a stage

college students has some type of learning

manager someday.” ■

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environment with 12 to 14 kids in a class.

“Everyone learns differently,” says Chloe.

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FEEDING THE MIND & SOUL A local financial services office gets some family-friendly advice on the art of engaging with kids at mealtime. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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hen it comes to your family’s

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As an advisor, I know how important it is to

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ning. As a mother, I also know how difficult it

family office. Liz deSousa, a senior financial

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children—especially teens and tweens!

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is passionate about helping families share

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financial wisdom with their kids. Here Liz

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enlists the expertise of independent edu-

Wellness and Academic Journey in Today’s

cational consultant Cindy Muchnick, also a

Competitive World. I asked Cindy to share her

mother, as well as an author and speaker.

thoughts on the importance of family meals as opportunities for engaging with children.

LIZ DESOUSA, CFP, CDFA

“AS AN ADVISOR, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ENGAGE CHILDREN IN FAMILIES’ FINANCIAL PLANNING.” distractions, playdates and carpools. But because our kids have been spending more

My 12-year-old son recently walked up to me

CYNTHIA CLUMECK MUCHNICK, MA

time at home since the start of the pan-

while I was working and asked, “What are you

“Dinner!” I announce nightly to my two teens.

demic, sharing family meals with them has

doing, Mom?” I told him I was reviewing a cli-

They amble down the stairs to see what I have

been easier.

ent’s tax return—and he asked if he could hire

whipped up. My cooking skills are not the best,

me as his advisor when he gets older! I was

but my kids are a hungry and willing audience

mind and body—to share meals together as a

thrilled at his request. I am never quite sure if

nonetheless. But in our household, dinner isn’t

family. According to the Journal of Youth and

my boys understand what I do or pay atten-

just about a nutritious meal. Equally important

Adolescence, “Adolescents who frequently ate

tion when I talk to them about finances.

is taking the time to have healthy conversation

meals with their family and/or parents were

Research proves that it is healthy—for your

and nourish our relationships. Leaving our cell

less likely to engage in risky behaviors when

at my client’s tax return because taxes are

phones behind, we gather around the table

compared to peers who never or rarely ate

an important aspect of financial planning.

and the conversations begin. We are each

meals with their families” (Skeer and Ballard,

Exceptional financial planning comes from

other’s captive audience.

July 2013). A survey published by The Family

I explained to my son that I was looking

Dinner Project shows that about 80% of teen-

truly knowing clients and their families and

In pre-COVID-19 times, our family din-

integrating all financial disciplines into one

ners looked very different. They were often

agers would “rather have dinner with their

comprehensive plan. For clients who have

frantically squeezed in between extracur-

families than by themselves or with friends.

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18 | BISHOP MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: REDONDO BEACH GREATEST HITS: • #1 ranked soccer player in Southern California • Received USC scholarship as a freshman • Cofounded the Black Student Union on campus BIGGEST HOPE: Her generation will be the biggest step toward eliminating racism “I want to inspire. I want to lead. I want to encourage others that look like me that whatever their aspiration is, it is possible. And while those little black girls are dreaming, I want them to know that they are just as good, or just as pretty, or just as smart and more than capable of accomplishing whatever it is the world tells them they cannot do.”

LUCAN O’NEAL 18 | VISTAMAR SCHOOL HOMETOWN: LOS ANGELES GREATEST HITS: • Accomplished classical pianist • Competitive Dice Masters and chess player • Board member of Conradh na Gaeilge Irish heritage group FUTURE GOAL: To move to rural Ireland and become a music director and private piano instructor “I’ve always thrived on routine, and the pandemic offered me an opportunity to construct each and every day around my needs and goals. That freedom to create my own structure has facilitated more productivity and achievement than would’ve been otherwise possible. So despite the many downsides, I can’t imagine where I’d be right now without this silver lining.”


JUNINHO PANIOUCHKINE

EISSA QUINONES

17 | REDONDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL

17 | REDONDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL

HOMETOWN: TORRANCE

HOMETOWN: REDONDO BEACH

GREATEST HITS:

GREATEST HITS:

• President of Model United Nations team

• Soccer player selected for the Cal South Olympic

• Translator for Latinx adults applying as U.S. citizens

Development Program

• Teaching assistant with Catholic Charities Los Angeles

• Chosen to represent her soccer club on the Girls Academy

HOW OTHERS DESCRIBE HIM:

• Created charcuterie board business called Score Board

Southwest Committee Unapologetic with a fierce voice HOW OTHERS DESCRIBE HER: “I do want to run for public office someday, and I want to

Driven, competitive, creative and witty

have a direct impact on this country’s future to make it a more hospitable place for people like me or my family. I’m from

“After the tragic death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor,

two immigrant families who have struggled to make it work in

I assessed myself and recognized my privilege. I began using

this country because of a lack of opportunity, and if I have any

my privilege to speak out against injustice against the Black,

chance to make it easier for other families like mine, I’ll act

Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community. I began

on it fast.”

to look into other causes that aligned with my beliefs and began to do my own research regarding being a youth activist.”


SLADE BROWN 18 | REDONDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: REDONDO BEACH GREATEST HITS: • Self-taught welder • Surf team PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Building his own PC “Taking my first welding class had a huge impact on me because I can use my hands to make things and feel capable for the challenges ahead. I want other kids to feel inspired to follow their own path.”

CLARICE AKUNWAFO 17 | ROLLING HILLS PREP HOMETOWN: INGLEWOOD GREATEST HITS: • #2 ranked center for girls’ basketball in the nation • Scholarship to USC BIGGEST HOPE: That all races, genders, sexualities and religions can be more open-minded and accept one another “My generation is the future. We need to fight for the change we want to see in the future. We are capable of doing this by coming together and using our voices to fight against the inequalities in this world.”

NICOLE LAENO 15 | SOUTH TORRANCE HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: TORRANCE GREATEST HITS: • Dancer with more than 1 million YouTube subscribers • Winner of South Bay’s Got Talent at age 10 FUTURE GOAL: Inspire girls that they can accomplish anything “When I first booked a huge gig, I told all my family and friends. On the first day of the shoot, they decided not to use me and let me go. This was just the first of many lessons that I would learn in life. Not everything works out the way it’s supposed to, but it happened for a reason and it only makes you stronger!”


ETHAN HOFFMAN 17 | ARMY AND NAVY ACADEMY HOMETOWN: PALOS VERDES ESTATES GREATEST HITS: • Battalion commander of the Army and Navy Academy • Top delegate at Harvard Model Congress • “Silver A” award, the highest distinction a cadet can receive CORE VALUES: His school’s pillars: honor, integrity, respect, responsibility, compassion and gratitude “My greatest hope is that our generation realizes there is no quick fix to any problem that’s worth solving; we have to get our hands dirty.”


PARTH BADHWAR 17 | MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: MANHATTAN BEACH GREATEST HITS: • Successfully lobbied Senator Dianne Feinstein to cosponsor a bill (the Global Child Thrive Act) in the U.S. Senate • Political affairs intern for nationwide nonprofit The Borgen Project • Copresident of the Grammy-award winning MCHS band program IMPACTFUL EVENT: Mr. Rucker’s eighth grade U.S. history class at Manhattan Beach Middle School sparked his interest in politics and social studies “During the 2020 election cycle, I spent a lot of time researching our public education system for the campaigns I worked on. It was surprising to see how bad a state we’re in—from college enrollment rates to testing to mental health. There’s a lot that needs to be fixed. My top priority right now, and in the future, is to help fix it.”


MAX HROMADKA 17 | MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: HERMOSA BEACH GREATEST HITS: • Member of Young Eagles (EAA Chapter 96) • Earned private pilot’s license • Ray Aviation Scholarship recipient BIGGEST HOPE: To have all transportation go electric, including airplanes “I want to make a meaningful impact in some way through flight. Travel and flying can be a very exciting experience for travelers. By becoming a commercial pilot, I can allow people the opportunity to experience new places around the world safely.”

DEVON M c VICAR 17 | PALOS VERDES HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: PALOS VERDES ESTATES GREATEST HITS: • Three-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award • Co-organized a paddle-out for the Black Lives Matter movement; raised $1,400 for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Minnesota Freedom Fund • Soccer captain, coach and surf camp instructor IMPACTFUL EVENT: Volunteering at Pediatric Therapy Network’s Camp Escapades, a summer day camp for children with special needs and developmental delays “The chaos and unrest in our political system have inspired us to want to get involved and make a difference. Regardless of sides, most of us are informed and passionate about the issues facing our society today and are not afraid to use technology to exchange ideas and mobilize around causes.”


NATALIA BRAR 16 | TORRANCE HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: TORRANCE GREATEST HITS: • Started the 501(c)(3) Helpful Homeless Hands • Made masks for local shelters and hospital workers CORE VALUE: Helping others and realizing how important it is to give back to the community when possible “The creativity learned during the pandemic will allow my generation to become more innovative, adaptable and resilient in order to create change in the world.”

RHYS MOON 16 | PALOS VERDES PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: ROLLING HILLS GREATEST HITS: • Created Mindful Coping to provide free and accessible resources for teens with OCD and Tic Disorders • Ambassador for the Tourette Association of America PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Lobbying for the Safe Step Act and encouraging Congress to support the bipartisan Tourette Syndrome Caucus “Whether it’s via grassroots organizing or large-scale initiatives, I want to work toward educating others on mental health and eliminating the pervasive stigma.”

NATE GOLDBERG 16 | ROLLING HILLS PREP HOMETOWN: MANHATTAN BEACH GREATEST HITS: • High-performing surfer • Filmmaker and animator PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Commercial he created that screened at the virtual BeachLife Festival “I feel that our generation has been centered on activism. The evolution of technology and social media has allowed anyone to have a voice. We all have access to hundreds of different communities in the palm of our hand.”


YAYA SHI 18 | ROLLING HILLS PREP HOMETOWN: PALOS VERDES GREATEST HITS: • Hearing loss advocate • Speaker on panels at John Tracy Clinic and USC Caruso Center • Artist and champion basketball player FUTURE GOAL: Become a social and clinical psychologist/researcher to understand the issues of stigma surrounding mental health and trauma “My generation is not afraid to speak their truth and use their voice; we are fearless when we stand up for ourselves, the people we love and the issues we care about.”


CHLOE DOWLING 18 | PALOS VERDES HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: PALOS VERDES ESTATES GREATEST HITS: • Creative director, chief photographer and cofounder of Z Magazine, a platform for young creatives to voice their opinions on topics relating to social justice and human rights • Piloted special editions to elevate the voices in the Black and LGBTQ+ communities • Founded a 10-day youth summer debate program with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at their Youth Activities Leagues CORE VALUE: Acceptance “In a time when unity is needed the most, we must acknowledge our differences and recognize the power we have to heal together and learn from one another.”


ANDREW J. SALZMAN 17 | CHADWICK SCHOOL HOMETOWN: MANHATTAN BEACH GREATEST HITS: • Created A. Julian Edits, which publishes articles for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, athletes and influencers • Founded Project WikiLights, a nonprofit organization that sheds light on the stories of marginalized, disenfranchised and oppressed groups by composing, editing and publishing papers on Wikipedia • Sold Instagram account @sportoffight to entrepreneur Mark Cuban’s Leverage Game Media BIGGEST HOPE: That the internet creates a new breed of social media that becomes an agent for positive change “I love history and the context it can provide for things that are happening today. Pursuant to my hopes for our generation to create a more society-focused social media, I would like to help disseminate accurate information to empower others to be involved citizens.”

NAOMI PORTER 16 | PALOS VERDES PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL HOMETOWN: RANCHO PALOS VERDES GREATEST HITS: • Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient • Founder and creator of EntrepreYOUership • 2020 honoree for @theconversationalist FUTURE GOAL: To transform the public education system to create multiple pathways for students “Activism, changemaking and civic stewardship are the best products of the pandemic. Our lives are almost entirely online, making it easier to connect with like-minded peers from around the world to amplify our voices and accelerate change.”


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GREATEST HITS:

GREATEST HITS:

• Design and production applications specialist at AWA

• Lead singer of the South Bay teen rock band Scream Revolution

Composites, a start-up focused on next-generation

• Created One Kid, One Guitar to get instruments into the hands

transportation technology to reduce fuel consumption • Co-inventor on two pending patents filed for the products he developed

of kids and teens who need them • Partners with Play it Back Songs, an organization that gives music lessons to kids going through cancer treatment

• Started nonprofit Take Back Our Planet to fight environmental racism and climate change

BIGGEST HOPE: For everyone to feel some sense of belonging

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Developing composite engine components that will improve

“I think we can change the world by letting everyone’s voice be

engine efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

heard. As a female in the music industry who especially leans toward rock music, the majority of people who have stood out

“I believe many of us are extremely passionate and want to

in pop culture have been straight, white, cisgender men. And

change the status quo, which is currently not working for

of course there’s nothing wrong with them being heard too,

many vulnerable communities.”

but including diversity throughout not only rock music but the whole world would be very beneficial.”


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Ryse Up FOUR YEARS AFTER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH, REDONDO UNION BASKETBALL STAR RYSE WILLIAMS INSPIRES LOVED ONES TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR A RARE FORM OF CANCER. Written by Quinn Roberts | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

How do you cope with the loss of a son whose future was so bright? It’s a question that Ryse Williams’

his class was supposed to wear purple. “I’ve learned a lot about how he affected the lives

family continues to grapple with nearly four years

of other people,” O’Brey says. “Ryse had the unique

after the Redondo Union High School basketball star

ability to be confident but still be humble. Ryse knew

died of a rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer a

who he was, but he didn’t think he was better than

day before his graduation.

anyone else.”

For Ryse’s father, O’Brey, that meant forming the

That personality—as well as his skills on the bas-

Ryse Williams Charitable Foundation. It’s dedicated

ketball court—drew classmates to him. One of those

to providing scholarships to student-athletes from

classmates was Matthew Yonemura, now a senior at

Redondo Union in Ryse’s name and bringing aware-

DePaul University majoring in film. He has partnered

ness to renal medullary carcinoma (RMC). It’s a

with O’Brey and is making a documentary called Ryse

cancer so rare that fewer than 220 cases have been

Up, which he hopes will be about an hour long. The

described in medical literature, and the median sur-

trailer was released in September 2020.

vival rate is less than a year. “My goal was originally just to give a couple of

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign helped get the ball rolling, along with grants to fund the

$500 scholarships to kids at Redondo with Ryse’s

documentary. The foundation will soon begin raising

name attached to them,” he says. “Now we’ve been

money directly through its website (ryseupnow.org) by

able to raise more money than I ever could have

selling one-of-a-kind merchandise. All of the pro-

thought and have even floated the idea of trying to

ceeds will be used for making the documentary.

get legislation passed that would screen for the specific trait that Ryse died from.” Ryse was a standout athlete who was named Bay

“Ryse was an amazing athlete; most knew his name. But more so than that, his personality filled the room,” Matthew shares. “He made you feel like

League MVP in 2016 and 2017 and planned to attend

his best friend, even if he didn’t know your name.

Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 2017 on

If you were talking to him, a lot of times basketball

an athletic scholarship.

wouldn’t even come up.”

Ryse was also known for his style. He may not

Matthew’s goal with the documentary is to tell the

have known the band Guns N’ Roses, but he bought a

story of Ryse and also address the rare form of cancer

T-shirt with their name on it because he liked the logo.

that ultimately took his life. RMC predominantly af-

He wore white to a school pep rally when everyone in

fects African Americans in their teens and 20s with

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the sickle cell trait. In most cases, the cancer is ad-

he likely would have suffered the same fate as Ryse.

vanced when the diagnosis is made and has spread to

Instead of just world-class athletes being tested for

other parts of the body. That’s because with so little

the trait, Ryse’s father wants testing for the sickle

research existing, it can be very difficult for doctors

cell trait done at a younger age.

to diagnose. “We know about this cancer because of Ryse. We know these words because of him, and it just makes

alive, including renaming the school’s annual tour-

you wonder how this cancer took down this healthy,

nament the Ryse-Up Fall Classic. It had been called

athletic guy. When he died so quickly, we realized how

the Pacific Shores Classic for more than 50 years, so

terrible it was,” Matthew says. “Putting Ryse’s face

the change was significant. The high school has also

with it is important—especially with so many people

retired Ryse’s #0 jersey and displays a plaque dedi-

who knew, loved and cared about him. He is a great

cated to him on campus.

beacon to raise awareness.” In January, Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert un-

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After Ryse’s death, the South Bay community— especially Redondo Union—has kept his memory

“I don’t want my son to be forgotten,” O’Brey says. “I want Ryse to be remembered as a loving,

derwent surgery to treat renal cell carcinoma on his

funny, respectful, hardworking, strong and humble

left kidney after doctors found a small mass during a

young man. Those are the words that encompass his

team physical. Had that physical never taken place,

being.” ■


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passionate about Fusion’s educational model

school students throughout the United

accredited middle and high school with more

and the ability to reach students of all skills,

States slip through the cracks due to over-

than 60 campuses nationwide. Students can

experiences and abilities.

crowded classrooms. Overwhelmed teach-

take classes in person, online or a combination

“I can truly say that I’ve never worked in a

ers are unable to target education to meet

of both—on a full-time basis or to supplement

school environment that was wholeheartedly

each student’s individual needs. Distractions

their current schooling with part-time options

student-centered,” he shares. “Having come

prevent students from fully mastering their

like classes for credit and tutoring.

from a public school background, I know that

curriculum, and they often feel left behind.

The South Bay has two Fusion Academy

teachers have to teach to the middle and pace

locations: Hermosa Beach, which opened

the curriculum to the majority rather than

plight with its distinctive educational model:

in 2011 as Fusion’s seventh campus nation-

addressing the specific learning needs of indi-

one student and one teacher per classroom

wide and is led by head of school Vosgan

vidual learners. That’s just the way it is when

for the entire class period. Fusion Academy

Mekhitarian, and Palos Verdes, which opened

you’re managing 30+ students in a classroom.”

was founded in 1989 as an after-school tutor-

in March of this year. Hojjat Sandi, head

Conversely, at Fusion Academy instructors

ing program and began offering a full-time

of school of the Palos Verdes campus, is

regularly personalize the curriculum to meet

A nationwide private school is changing that

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Fusion one-to-one classes keep students like Colin Leach, 11th grade, engaged.

each child’s strengths, interests and learning

Academy’s transition to virtual school was

Hojjat says. “To have love for the student in

style. Teachers get to know their students, act-

basically seamless because of its one-to-one

front of you and to see them as an indi-

ing as mentors as they help them reach their

learning environment. There are far fewer

vidual with the capacity to learn is what will

social, emotional and academic goals.

distractions when the classroom consists of

allow them to be a motivated learner. When

just one student and one teacher—whether

students feel that level of care and attention,

educational model that I’ve been a part of

in person or online. For students of traditional

they have the space to be motivated—and

that engages the student and customizes

public and private schools who experienced

that’s when real teaching can begin.”

the learning in such a meaningful way as

a gap in education due to the move to virtual

Fusion’s one-to-one instruction,” says Hojjat,

schooling last year, Fusion’s part-time offer-

new educational community at the Fusion

who began his career with Fusion Academy

ings can fill in those foundational holes and

Palos Verdes campus. He says, “Whether stu-

in 2010 and served as head of school at the

support learning loss across all content areas.

dents are at or above grade level or come to

Individualization is the name of the game

us having had struggles in school for various

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Warner Center campus from 2015 to 2019.

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reasons, at Fusion we see them change their

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of the educational experience. The school’s

understanding of themselves and the future

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ultimate goal is to help students discover and

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Social Skills PIERSON WODZYNSKI DECIDED TO FOLLOW HER DREAMS—THEN THEY FOLLOWED HER BACK. Written by Rich Thomas | Photographed by Vitaly Kibenko

Every business owner knows how critical a role social

milestone life events in quarantine. Pierson attributes her

media plays in brand-building. Product shots have to be

optimism and ambition to growing up amidst the South

perfectly composed yet relatable, and communication has

Bay’s positive energy and active community.

to be on-voice but not too salesy. Now imagine that the brand is you. Every piece of feedback is an ego-booster or a confidence-crusher,

in El Camino College in hopes of obtaining a business degree.

and everyone has an opinion about what you should or

In December 2019 she decided to leave El Camino. “I was

shouldn’t be doing. You are the commodity. A platform

going to give myself one semester to chase my dreams be-

that is many people’s fun way to show off their latest meal

cause I was feeling a little weighed down,” she remembers.

or home improvement project is now the primary vehicle

“So I started to put myself out there as often as I could,

driving your career.

making videos and looking on Craigslist for acting gigs. I

This is the life of Pierson Wodzynski, a fresh-faced, infectiously optimistic 22-year-old from Redondo Beach

She began to film and post dance videos every Friday, bopping and strutting around the South Bay—fully aware

media stratosphere and caught the attention of one of

that many of the high school and college friends who

Gen Z’s most popular YouTube groups. Now she spends

followed her were cringing at her hyperanimated facial

her days writing TikTok scripts, filming content pieces on

expressions and exaggerated moves. The videos performed

multiple platforms with her crew of creators and sifting

well enough, but it wasn’t until her rendition of a popular

through emails inviting sponsorship opportunities.

dance video trend set to Drake’s “In My Feelings” blew up

says Pierson. “Then I transitioned to being behind the

that she hit her stride. A gig for a Bachelor-style YouTube series with popular

camera in high school. Social media was the perfect

Gen Z network AwesomenessTV brought her into the orbit

creative outlet for me to combine both those things.”

of Brent Rivera, who became popular on the social plat-

Pierson’s numbers are staggering: nearly 2 million on

form Vine before starting Amp Studios, a talent incubator

Instagram, nearly 8 million on TikTok and more than

and content group. Brent formally invited Pierson into the

1.5 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. She has

Amp Squad last spring, and she’s been a primary fixture in

another 390,000 subscribers to the Amp World YouTube

their videos ever since—videos that routinely get upwards

channel, where her squad posts additional content. The

of 15 million views.

majority of that growth has come in the past year, when

Pierson was in Redondo filming one of her dance videos,

most professionals were simply trying to hold on amidst

and a little girl walked by with her mother. The girl tugged

the pandemic and keep things status quo.

on her mother’s arm and pointed. “That’s Pierson!” Of all

In a digital vacuum of polarizing political messaging and panic buying, her positive energy and carefree attitude resonated with a demographic that was struggling with

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tried doing absolutely everything.”

whose Friday dance videos propelled her into the social

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A graduate of Redondo Union High School, she spent a year at UC Santa Barbara before coming back home to enroll

the crazy moments that have transpired since she decided to follow her dreams, that one is a standout. “It was crazy to get recognized in my hometown,

everything from unemployment and distance learning to

doing what I’ve been doing for so long,” she smiles. “It

compartmentalizing the anger and confusion of celebrating

was surreal.” ■


Clean Up Nicely A PALOS VERDES MOM GETS HER DAUGHTERS ON BOARD WITH A SOAPMAKING BUSINESS. Written by Diane E. Barber | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

When the idea of a modern homesteading lifestyle piqued

The base of each of her soap mixtures is oil–olive,

Kelly Delgado’s interest in 2012, her environmentally

coconut and palm. She adds other skin-nurturing ingre-

conscious quest for optimum self-sufficiency and her

dients, such as almond, hemp and tea tree oils, rosemary

family’s wellness were top of mind. Kelly started re-

and therapeutic-grade essential oils for fragrance and

searching how to make natural cleaning products for their

aromatherapy. The natural colorants are approved by the

home, which led to bath soap.

FDA for the cosmetics industry and include carrot pow-

“Our skin is our largest organ, and everything we put on it is absorbed into our bodies,” she explains. “Most commercially made soaps have chemicals in them, half of

der, beet powder, spirulina and rose clay, among others. Walnut shells are added to some for exfoliating qualities. Various decorative elements are applied in the finishing

which you cannot pronounce. Why would anyone want to

stages, including skin-safe glitters and botanicals, such

put chemicals into their body?”

as lavender sprigs and rose petals from the Delgados’

After watching numerous online video tutorials, Kelly

gardens. The gentlest soap she makes is baby soap, with

was intrigued with the art of soapmaking, or soaping. She

100% olive oil and no colorants or fragrances—unless a

bought ingredients online and began experimenting with

hint of lavender is desired to encourage sleep.

her own formulas. Her equestrian husband, Jerry, was her first test subject. “The batch that I made for him was a simple recipe

“The magic ingredient in the soaping process is sodium hydroxide (lye), which is very carefully blended with distilled water while wearing safety protection,” she says.

with brown mica for coloring and leather essential oil,

“The saponification process causes the chemical reaction

which made it smell like a saddle,” she remembers. “It

necessary to create soap batter. After it is all blended to-

was very masculine and beautiful.”

gether, it is put in a mold and will become solid in about

Encouraged by Jerry’s enthusiasm for her creation,

24 hours, depending upon the ambient air temperature

she segued into a business: Kelly’s Handmade Soaps. She

and ingredients. My favorite piece of equipment is a loaf

tried new recipes and started testing various soaps on

mold, which is easy to use and yields 20 (4-ounce) bars.”

family, friends and herself. “I got feedback on how the soaps affected everyone,”

According to Kelly, the start-to-finish time for one batch of soap is one to two hours, depending on the

Kelly shares. “Then I tailored them to different skin con-

design and the complexity of the recipe. Soaps are usually

ditions, such as sensitive, dry and oily skin.”

unmolded and cut four to five days after they solidify.

Kelly’s key ingredients are food grade, and she does

The bars are then cured for six weeks to reach a neu-

not use preservatives. “I believe that what you put in

tral pH. After they have cured, they are shrink-wrapped

your body should be as natural as possible,” she explains.

or boxed before being gifted, donated for family school

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“MOST COMMERCIALLY MADE SOAPS HAVE CHEMICALS IN THEM, HALF OF WHICH YOU CANNOT PRONOUNCE. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO PUT CHEMICALS INTO THEIR BODY?”

and church events, or sold as custom orders from her Facebook page. The Delgados’ preteen twins, Isabel and Sara, have been making soap alongside their mom since they were 5 years old. Isabel has stayed the course with creative soaping, while Sara has ventured into experimenting with lip balms, bath bombs, lotions and clay face masks. The kids’ favorite soap is Kitty Cat. The white portion is made with a snickerdoodle scent with vanilla stabilizer to keep it white, and the black cat face has a cream cheese with black pepper scent. Other ingredients include olive, coconut, palm and sweet almond oils with rice bran oil added to create a creamy lather. As for Kelly’s favorite soap? “I like the brightly colored one that I named Unicorn Rainbow,” she says. “The scent is apple sage, and I add vitamin E, aloe, hemp oil and sweet almond oil to enhance the skin-nurturing qualities. I love rainbows, and bright colors make me happy.” ■

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Stay Classy, San Diego PLAN A FAMILY SPRING BREAK GETAWAY WITH SUNSHINE, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND A RON BURGUNDY SIGHTING. Written by Darren Elms

It’s not hard to crush on San Diego. With great weather,

classic Southern California influence with luxury ameni-

eclectic hotels and restaurants, and plenty of vibrant

ties embracing the art, music, design and culture of the

neighborhoods to wander, “America’s Finest City” knows

neighborhood. The stylish rooms offer ample space to live

a good time. If you’re looking to get away this spring and

and lounge. An elevated pool deck keeps sunbathing safe

want to skip the airport, we suggest packing the car and

with strict measures that won’t impede your zen. The

heading south.

property also features six restaurants and bars for your dining needs. Standouts include a craft cocktail served al-

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fresco at Fifth & Rose, the Surf & Turf sushi roll at ocean-

In the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Pendry

forward Lionfish and a delicious brunch at the spacious

strikes a balance between modern and traditional, pairing

Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile. The spa at Pendry

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is currently open, including select outdoor treatments to melt away the stress. pendry.com Here’s an old favorite that got a major facelift. Great for families, the Town and Country Resort just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. The 60-year-old property amped up its mid-century vibe in the best way possible, with a swanky new lobby, hip room design and incredible pool scene (yes, there’s a waterslide). But one of the best additions is the new restaurant ARLO—a celebration of San Diego lifestyle and culinary culture serving scratch-made dishes using fresh local ingredients and a mosaic of flavors from both sides of the border. Chef Josh Mouzakes leads the way with tasty seasonal offerings to savor under the moonlight. And don’t forget to check out the homage to San Diego that unfolds on the bookcase inside. Anchorman Ron Burgundy even makes an appearance. towncountry.com

THINGS TO DO With the pandemic still among us, take advantage of the outdoor splendor San Diego has to offer. Start with a leisurely walk through bucolic Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre historic landmark right in the middle of the urban center. Highlights include the Desert Cactus Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden and El Prado, a long promenade filled with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. And the world-renowned San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have reopened for business. Make reservations (required) at zoo.sandiegozoo.org. Surf’s up in La Jolla, should you have your board in tow. You can also swim with leopard sharks in the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores Beach. The nonthreatening creatures hang out in groups in the waters near The Marine Room restaurant and La Jolla Tennis Club. Snorkeling rentals are available at local shops nearby. Another fun activity: jumping aboard the USS Midway down at the Embarcadero. It’s the most-visited naval ship museum in the world. Be sure to make your reservation at tickets.midway.org. ■

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, their waiting list for therapy has doubled due to the sharp increase of individuals and families experiencing loss, stress and fear. Therapists work with clients in virtual support groups to develop healthy coping strategies and build resilience through these challenging times. Richstone aims to engage parents and their children to help them realize their full potential and to build healthy, productive lives. By addressing basic physical and emotional needs, Richstone gives kids the ability to be successful in their daily lives. The organization assists families in laying strong foundations from which children can thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Richstone’s programs are extremely effective in keeping children safe and thriving. These programs prevent violence and abuse through early intervention and assist parents in strengthening their knowledge, emotional control and parenting skills. For example, Richstone’s Parents as Teachers team offers evidence-based early childhood education programming to encourage child wellness, parent empowerment and school readiness for parents and children up to 5 years old. In Richstone’s Kids Club, program staff and community volunteers mentor students through homework assistance and enrichment activities for grades 1-8. For over 40 years, this year-round after-school pro-

of violence within families. With help from

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Learn By Heart EXPLORING THE SOUTH BAY’S UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION SCHOOL ON WHEELS Written by Tanya Monaghan | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

Over the past 28 years, School on Wheels (SOW) has

“Working weekly with a student—a fourth-grade girl

helped 50,000 kids experiencing homelessness. Founded

living in a shelter—I ‘got in’ in a different way,” she

in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired schoolteacher who

says. “These kids are awesome. It’s such a gift to know

understood the value of education, SOW remains the only

her and hopefully be able to help her thrive in her educa-

organization in Southern California dedicated to the edu-

tion. We can always do more to help these kids, and I

cational needs of this population. In 1999 Catherine Meek

know we will.”

became one of Agnes’ first volunteer tutors on Skid Row,

Charles Evans, executive director of SOW, has served the

helping grow the program and expand its reach beyond

organization for 12 years. Even through Zoom, his passion

Los Angeles.

and love for what he does shine brightly with contagious

“Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their learning and

energy. A product of two immigrants (his mother from

provide them with the highest level of education pos-

Belize and his father from the Virgin Islands), Charles

sible,” she says of SOW’s students. “Our program serves

spent some time in elementary school abroad, where he

as a consistent support system for our students during a

first learned to value the concept of education.

time of great stress and fear.” The South Bay contributes a significant percentage of

“I noticed a striking difference between being in school in America, where a lot of the supplies were provided for

the fundraising for the nonprofit. Longtime supporters

students, and going to a remote little school in Belize,

include organizations like South Bay Girl Scouts, Amigos,

where some kids didn’t have the means to buy their own

Sandpipers, schools such as Robinson Elementary and

school supplies, let alone their own shoes,” he explains.

Chadwick School, and small businesses like The Strand

“This was my aha moment as a kid. I realized that as an

House, Slay and Trilogy Spa. Two of its active board

American, I had a more privileged life and that I wasn’t

members, Lynn Carson Stone and Ellen Padnos, both are

going to take my education for granted. Education be-

involved with the South Bay fundraising events.

came a passion for me.”

“I’m so inspired by these kids, their resilience and

As a young man, Charles found himself at a cross-

desire to learn,” says Lynn. “I’m surrounded by people

roads—unsure of his vocation. It was his pastor,

passionate about making a difference in the world. It

Reverend Cecil L. Murray, a professor of religion at USC

helps keep things in perspective for me and my family

and an acting board member of SOW, who first introduced

about what’s really important.”

Charles to the organization. The opportunity for Charles

Ellen started out fundraising for SOW and eventually joined the board to see if she could have a greater impact.

was a match made in heaven. Charles says his predecessor, Catherine, who became

Within the past year, she became a tutor and gained a

his mentor, was instrumental in his development and

completely new perspective of the organization.

growth. Thankfully, Catherine still acts as an executive

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advisor of the board and volunteers as a tutor. Charles began his time with SOW managing volunteers

we are able to get our students access to technology,” he

homelessness in South L.A. He grew that region and,

says. “It could be something as basic as providing acces-

over time, took on all aspects and responsibilities within

sories like a car charger for those who are living in their

the organization.

car or providing access to Wi-Fi or a wall outlet.” SOW works with every major shelter in Southern

says. “I have worked with so many kids over the past 12

California. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office has been instru-

years, and I have been able to see the fruits of our labor.

mental in providing hot spots for students without Wi-Fi.

One of the most rewarding experiences is to watch kids

Through the mayor and the Los Angeles Unified School

go through the program and then come back to volunteer

District (LAUSD), they converted a Van Nuys motel carport

for the organization. It brings it all back full circle.”

into an outdoor learning center this past summer. Liaisons

During COVID-19, SOW has successfully pivoted from in-person instruction to being online. Thanks to their

through LAUSD refer families to School on Wheels. Currently, SOW offers three core programs alongside

donors, at the peak of the pandemic they gave devices to

social and emotional learning and other enrichment pro-

students who had no technology. Strangely, the pandemic

grams. A literacy program is available for grades K–4, and

did produce some silver linings.

an academic program for grades 5–8 fills in educational

“Before, we were limited geographically to which students you could work with depending on where you lived,”

gaps in subjects such as math and English language arts. The Believe-Understand-Succeed Program helps older

Charles says. “Now we can connect volunteers from as far

students develop vocational skills like filling out a job or

north as Ventura to as far south as Orange County with a

college application form, writing a resume and practicing

student who lives in Compton or Inglewood. It also elimi-

for an interview. Students can also easily apply for schol-

nates the time spent commuting for volunteers, which

arship programs to colleges and trade schools; arts, music

allows some to take on more students.”

and sports programs; educational summer programs; and

The average family experiencing homelessness moves four times a year between motels and shelters. Every time

apprenticeships or enrichment classes. Once SOW identifies students’ needs, they seek to

a family moves, the relationship with their tutor is inter-

match them with the best tutors and resources. This year

rupted. Due to geographic constraints, they may not be

SOW expanded their organization to include a parent

able to work with the same person.

coordinator, responsible for providing extra resources for

“We are now in six counties in Southern California, so we are able to document the work done with each

parents and foster a stronger sense of community. The organization is diversifying its selection of vol-

student to better match them with the next volunteer,”

unteers to reflect race as well as skill set. This includes

Charles adds. “Distance learning has provided us with

working closely with the parents of mainly Spanish-

the power to stay connected to the student if he/she

speaking students and seeking out bilingual volunteers.

moves and keep that student/tutor relationship stable.

“We can never measure the true impact of our work

As far as looking forward, SOW hopes to retain a hybrid

and the value we add to society and to the community,”

model whereby the tutors can meet with their students in

says Charles. “Not only are we able to support kids in

person as well as virtually, giving the student even more

a very difficult situation, but the fact that we can bring

deserved time and attention.”

together people from different walks of life is one of the

Charles holds regular “village sessions” with families and parents to learn about some of their challenges with

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the school district. “By having conversations like this,

and working with families and children experiencing

“Every day I become more and more involved,” he

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This partnership is a fun way to learn about

rates for members. Since members are also

vided a lot of running. It became my favorite.

the importance of financial independence. I am learning these tools now, and I want to

owners, they receive benefits like discounts on products, services and entertainment.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO GIVE BACK?

use my platform with the LA Galaxy to have

CD: Community involvement is something

others learn with me. There are educational

subsidiaries volunteered more than 4,560

I have always felt strongly about. I have

programs to complete, and the first 60 stu-

hours, raised more than $634,000 in dona-

benefited from the sacrifice and achieve-

dents who finish those can earn $60 toward

tions, provided $27,000 in scholarships to

ments of my family, my teachers, my coaches

their savings goals!

students and teachers, and participated in

and my community. I have learned from their

more than 160 community events—many of

struggles, dedication and examples. I hope to

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE

which focused on education.

help share my own experiences to continue to

IMPACT YOUR PROGRAM HAS ON OUR

inspire others and lead them to build stronger,

COMMUNITY’S YOUTH. ONE LAST QUES-

more informed and engaged communities.

TION: WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD ROLE

Last year, employees of Kinecta and its

South Bay native Cameron Dunbar, an 18-year-old soccer player for the LA Galaxy,

MODEL FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW?

wanted to give back to the community in a way that meant something to him person-

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE KINECTA AS YOUR

CD: I work hard. I know I’m only 18 and I’m just

ally: encouraging financial education. He took

FINANCIAL INSTITUTION?

starting out in my soccer career and in my life,

his ideas to the community team at his credit

CD: My parents have been members for

but I believe that I can show others how hard

union, Kinecta, where he brainstormed ways

years. Kinecta came to my high school and

work, dedication, humility and giving back will

to make a positive impact. Kinecta believes

provided a financial education program that

pay off both professionally and personally.

deeply in the type of outreach Cameron

taught the importance of thinking about my

wanted to provide, so in short order the

financial future. I learned that I didn’t under-

Cameron Challenge was born.

stand a lot about finances and money and

KINECTA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

wanted to learn more. I became a member to

1440 ROSECRANS AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

gain the support and information I needed.

800-854-9846 | KINECTA.ORG

DESCRIBE THE CAMERON CHALLENGE.

Kinecta is federally insured by the NCUA. ©Kinecta

CD: The Cameron Challenge is a 60-day

Federal Credit Union 2021. See kinecta.org/cameron-

financial empowerment program—60 days

challenge for participation details and rules.

We spent some time with this exceptional young man to find out about his life and his new financial education program.

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getting creative THE SOUTH BAY ARTIST COLLECTIVE OFFERS A SAFE AND SATISFYTING OUTLET FOR KIDS IN NEED OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN GILLIGAN

Written by Tanya Monaghan


Rafael McMaster considers himself

show their work—but with a zero-commission structure.

blessed to call the South Bay home.

The artists could donate a percentage to the South Bay

A former graphic designer and art director, his high-stress career exasperated a struggle with anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He became addicted to opioids, Xanax and Adderall while trying to balance work and raising

Additionally, they created a dedicated art program to supplement nonprofit organization Young at Art’s work in local elementary schools—helping fill a gap kids might face in art education. When the pandemic hit, Rafael recognized that kids struggled with stress, anxiety, depression and a lack of self-worth. Although he knew he couldn’t change what was going on in the outside world, he could help the kids by working with them on the inside. The idea was to

baby—with his wife, Tera.

provide the necessary tools to deal with the stresses of life—just as he had done for himself. As part of that exploration, Rafael researched and stud-

ing only to find out it was the wrong building for me,” he

ied the effect of technology and screens on the younger

explains. “I felt empty inside. I had no spiritual connec-

generation. His findings were shocking: Brain scans have

tion. I had no connection to my community either. I was

shown that neurological pathways don’t distinguish what

spending all my time working and commuting.”

type of addiction (or repetitive behavior) the brain is get-

At 35, Rafael took a sabbatical to get sober and set

ting a dopamine hit from. It could be drugs, alcohol, food

himself on a new trajectory. He knew that at that point in

or even a phone. A pre-COVID-19 study in 2019 found

his life, he was called to be of service to others. He knew

that the average American touched or interacted with

that helping others needed to be ingrained into the DNA

their phone 2,600 times a day.

of everything he did. “I had to figure out how to overcome anxiety, depres-

All addictions have the propensity to be magnified during times of stress and isolation, so when COVID-19

sion, ADHD and addiction and be free from those chains,”

happened it was no surprise that the lack of connection

he shares. “Going through that process of hitting rock

was driving an even deeper addiction to screens.

bottom allowed me to have a spiritual discovery for my-

Rafael also saw the social and emotional develop-

self. I developed tools that I now apply to helping kids.

ment impact that it had on his own kids, whose ages

Whatever they are going through, they know that I get it.

span over a decade.

I can relate to them, and this opens up a sense of vulnerability that creates the space for grace to come in.” Six years ago, Rafael founded a nonprofit called the South

He set out to develop a critical set of tools he could teach to anyone during an eight-week course. The Creative Wisdom Tools program (CWT) consists of teaching seven

Bay Artist Collective, which sources its volunteers from the

concepts: acceptance, awareness, intention, gratitude,

local community. To date, the organization has culminated

compassion, forgiveness and connection. It was created to

in more than 7,000 volunteer hours. Rafael also founded

reconnect children to the arts, movement and mindfulness,

Resin, a hip gallery space in Hermosa Beach, and both enti-

and to gain practical tools for emotional intelligence, creative

ties have become synonymous with each other.

problem-solving, screen addiction and stress management.

Resin came from brainstorming a new nonprofit model. The idea was to let artists have a great space to

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to create the greatest impact through art and creativity.

five kids—including a newborn

“It was like I climbed the ladder to the top of a build-

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Artist Collective if they wanted to, but the main goal was

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“PROVIDING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR RELATIONSHIPS RESULTS IN A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.” Shelley Williams. After that session, 40 minutes are dedicated to teaching one of the tools followed by 90 minutes of creative lab time. “Developing the curriculum with Rafael and sharing it with the students in the CWT has been an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience that I look forward to each week,” says Shelley. “Providing an environment for relationships results in a profound experience for everyone involved.” Most of the young volunteer mentors who teach the creative lab portion are top high school artists themselves. They mentor the younger kids on a one-on-one basis, building rapport and allowing the tools to be more deeply ingrained during lab time. Rafael and Shelley knew they were on to something special when they had 100% of the kids who participated in the first CWT program sign up to return for another course. They have now successfully completed three sessions of CWT as well as offering a visual arts program—all at capacity. COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of kids they can take on, but once the pandemic is over, they hope to open it up to as many kids as they can. The feedback from the programs has been overwhelmingly positive. Rafael’s vision is to get this program into Artist Collective team is working hard to earn any available grants and partner with other organizations so they can get these tools to the kids who need them most. “CTW is the best tool that I can provide my son,” shares mom Jen Caudle of Hermosa Beach. “It has taught him to go within, to listen and recognize how he is feeling. The art has been an outlet to release.” ■

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artistic academia USC’S NEW GLORYA KAUFMAN SCHOOL OF DANCE IS BEING HAILED AS ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS IN THE WORLD. Written & photographed by Rose Eichenbaum


When Glorya Kaufman donated a

“What makes Kaufman exceptional is that it func-

multimillion-dollar endowment

tions as a high-level arts conservatory inside one of the

for the construction of a new dance

world’s leading private research universities. In addi-

school at the University of Southern

tion to rigorous technique classes and live performances not unlike Juilliard’s, students are also required to carry

California, she did much more than

the same academic course load as any major liberal arts

kick off a brick-and-mortar facility.

undergraduate,” says Jackie Kopcsak, professor of ballet.

“The dancing philanthropist,” as she is known, facilitated what has become the most innovative university dance program in the country. In just five

“This is a winning mind-body combination you don’t find anywhere.” To implement the New Movement, Jodie Gates tapped many of the most respected dancers and choreographers within the concert and commercial world to join the school’s faculty. Professors include luminaries such as

short years, Kaufman’s dance program

William Forsythe, Saleemah E. Knight, Patrick Corbin,

has become the Juilliard of the West,

d. Sabela Grimes, Jackie Kopcsak and Bret Easterling. In

making Los Angeles the new Mecca for dance.

addition to its full- and part-time faculty, which helped define and shape the school’s one-of-a kind curriculum, Kaufman also commissions artists in residence for three to six weeks each semester. Students enjoy the rare

“The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is the great-

world’s most celebrated masters and perform their sig-

creator of the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. “Over

nature works. Aszure Barton, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond

the years I have no doubt that it will adjust the power of

Richardson, Barak Marshall, Sonya Tayeh and Zippora

theatrical dance training from the East Coast to the West

Karz are just a few who have taught technique to or di-

as well as internationally.”

rected Kaufman students.

The recognition hails in part from the school’s unique

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As you might have guessed, it is a highly selective pro-

approach. The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, affec-

gram. Of the hundreds of applications and audition videos

tionately referred to as “Kaufman,” introduced “the New

Kaufman’s faculty combs through each school year, only

Movement,” a 21st-century approach to theatrical dance

25 students are selected. “What we look for are dancers

training conceived by Jodie Gates, the school’s found-

who have a certain vigor to their intellectual curiosity and

ing vice dean and a former Joffrey Ballet principal. Unlike

who want to fuse their intellect with their physical prow-

other programs in which students train in one dance form,

ess,” says associate professor Patrick Corbin. “Training

the New Movement focuses on the intersection of all dance

at Kaufman is a tough, rigorous, physical and intellectual

forms. Students train not only in their style of expertise,

experience that pushes students to the limit.” It’s not for

but in many styles—ballet, contemporary, jazz and Black

the faint of heart, yet Kaufman’s students are the first to

vernacular dance/hip-hop. Expanding a dancer’s body

sing its praises.

awareness and movement vocabulary not only enables

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opportunity to work closely with some of the concert

est dance school I’ve ever seen,” says Nigel Lythgoe,

“The awesome thing about Kaufman is that it sharpens

them to perform with greater facility, it promotes respect,

my academic pursuits, which go hand-in-hand with my

collaboration and inclusivity within the art form.

artistic ones,” says senior Evan Sagadencky. “Living and


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training in L.A. is the perfect recipe to propel my inter-

Kaufman was not just steps and choreography. I learned

ests and define my artist’s path.”

a lot about listening to other people, respecting people

Sophomore Aidan Tyssee from Redondo Beach also com-

than being a dancer,” he reflects. Justin is now cofound-

a rich academic education and the opportunity to take my

er of RYBG, a film, sound scoring and choreographic-

art and apply it to other dimensions and practices and use

based production company with fellow Kaufman alum

it in the real world. It’s opened me up to so many wonder-

Adam Agostino.

ful mindsets and perspectives. I’ve begun to think of my art more as an approach to life than a dance technique.” Justin Epstein was part of Kaufman’s inaugural class, graduating last year. “What I learned from my time at

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and loving people. I learned more about being a person

pliments the program’s dual focus. “Kaufman has given me

When Justin and the rest of the inaugural class graduated in 2019, they hit the ground running, filling the ranks of some of the most prestigious dance companies from coast to coast: Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New


York, Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago and Alonzo King

“The New Movement is not only training dancers to move

LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Two Kaufman alumni even

in myriad ways and to be proficient, productive and art-

got roles on Broadway in the revival of West Side Story.

ful, it’s changing the mindset of how you behave in the

The success that Kaufman graduates have found is no

world—to be better people and better human beings,”

surprise to industry insiders. “The students receive the

explains Corbin. “Anybody can teach someone how to

highest level of training in all styles of dance, taught by

dance. But what we’re interested in at Kaufman is what

the most brilliant teachers who embrace a joyful approach

kind of people we’re putting out there in the world.” ■

to learning,” shares Julie McDonald, agent and founder at McDonald Selznick Theatrical Dance Management in L.A.

Rose Eichenbaum is an award-winning photographer, writer

“Kaufman is a true gift to our city.”

and the resident photographer for USC’s Glorya Kaufman

And the benefits go far beyond the stage and screen.

School of Dance.

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Excellence Award Rolling Robots VEX IQ Robotics competition teams participated remotely in the 2021 Southern California VEX IQ Elementary School State Championship on March 13. Every team won an award including the highest honor: the Excellence Award. All four teams are qualified for the VEX IQ World Championship in May 2021. The teams have been learning and working together since September 2020 both in online and in person.

Skechers Check Presentation The Skechers Foundation continued its Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s 12-year fundraising commitment to children with special needs and education during COVID-19, raising more than $1.8 million for its first-ever virtual event. This boosted Skechers’ donation total to more than $15 million for children to date. Supported by headlining media sponsor NBC4 Southern California and more than 100 companies, the annual event was celebrated by Skechers executives and foundation donation recipients who participated in a socially distanced check presentation at Skechers’ retail store in Manhattan Beach on February 9. The foundation presented more than $500,000 to the nonprofit organization Friendship Foundation for children with special needs and their families, as well as nearly $1 million in checks for six education foundations.

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ALL ABOUT KIDS

Many sectors of our community had to pivot in a big way this past year—and among the most extreme of the pivots were those executed by South Bay schools and other organizations that serve our youth. In this All About Kids profiles section, you’ll learn about some of these companies and the people who carried on in the face of adversity throughout the pandemic. They remain firmly committed to their mission: cultivating bright, confident and capable young people—our legacy and our future.

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SUMMER ORTHODONTICS DR. SUMMER BLAKE

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AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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BREEZE ORTHODONTICS DR. RITA Y. CHUANG

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CHADWICK SCHOOL

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ROLLING HILLS PREP AND RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS

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THE ART BOX ACADEMY LAUREN DENNIS-PERELMUTER

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VISTAMAR SCHOOL

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MYCHAL’S LEARNING PLACE ED LYNCH

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PENINSULA HERITAGE SCHOOL

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ALL ABOUT KIDS

SUMMER ORTHODONTICS Summer Blake, DDS, MS, Owner

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN FOCUS? “Delivering the highest-quality treatment is my top priority. Every decision I make is based upon one simple rule: Will this decision improve the patient experience and results?” WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE KIDS AND PARENTS TO KNOW ABOUT SUMMER ORTHODONTICS? “We love working with kids! We have worked hard to create an atmosphere that is not only stress-free but also a fun place to be. It is not uncommon for kids (and parents) to comment on how good it feels to visit our office. Beginning with the office design and continuing throughout our processes, each step is focused on an exceptional patient experience. Patients often compare our office to a spa.” WHAT BENEFITS DO CHILDREN GAIN FROM THE SERVICES YOUR PRACTICE PROVIDES? “The beautiful smiles we create provide a lifetime of confidence to our patients. This confidence carries over into every aspect of their lives. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have such a powerful impact. We take great pride in helping our patients become the best they can be.” HOW CAN PARENTS BEST INVEST IN THEIR KIDS’ FUTURE SUCCESS? “I don’t think it’s a secret that the best way for parents to invest in their kids’ future success is to love and support them unconditionally. Taking away school and other extracurricular activities has shaken everyone’s sense of stability. This will impact each child differently. In our profession, we see the power of improved

self-confidence. However, a great smile pales in comparison to the confidence kids get from having loving parents.” WHAT DO YOU SEE KIDS DOING TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE? “Our children have been through a lot over the last year. Their lives have been unlike any other generation in history. I have faith that from their experience these kids will find strength in their resiliency. I am also hopeful that as the world reopens, our children will take advantage of their opportunities without taking them them for granted.” HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE EARN THE TRUST OF KIDS? “There is only one way to earn the trust of kids, and that is to authentically care about them. The entire team at Summer Orthodontics is committed to providing the best care possible to each patient. We pride ourselves on earning that trust every day.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. “I love our team. Not only are they excellent at their jobs, but they are also caring, fun and friendly. They love getting to know patients (and their families) and genuinely miss them when treatment is completed. Creating beautiful smiles correctly takes teamwork, and I’m proud to say we have the best!” DESCRIBE THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF ORTHODONTICS. “There is a technological revolution going on throughout our world, and orthodontics is no exception. Orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable and in some cases hidden. Patients and parents often say, ‘This is not how I remember braces when I was young.’ Our office embraces the best of proven technologies. We use the fastest scanners, most efficient techniques and highestquality materials in all of our treatment plans. We offer complimentary consultations to help patients understand their options and our recommended plan.”

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE POTENTIAL PATIENTS TO KNOW? “It is never too late to have a confident smile. More than 40% of our patients are adults. Advancements in technology can not only dramatically reduce treatment time (in some cases by as much as 50%) but can also offer a variety of inconspicuous treatment options.” HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAREER? “While majoring in mathematics, I took a campus job working at the UCLA Dental School. At the time I did not expect a career in the dental field. However, I discovered that the artistic side of my brain combined well with my attention to detail while working with dental models. I decided to apply to the UCLA Dental School and was immediately attracted to orthodontics. There are so many factors that go into creating an individual’s ideal smile. I love finding the right solution for each patient. There is nothing more rewarding than helping patients enhance their lives through a smile.” WHAT ARE YOU ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR TODAY? “Besides my family, I am most grateful to live in the South Bay. Quarantines and lockdowns are difficult everywhere, but I can’t think of a better location or community to be. I am also grateful that it appears the pandemic is winding down. I am looking forward to seeing how the South Bay and the world bounces back." WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO UNPLUG AND RELAX WHEN YOU’RE OFF WORK? “Traveling with my family is my favorite thing to do. Also, I enjoy practicing healthy choices in my personal and professional life. In my free time, I enjoy walks on the strand, yoga and HIIT workouts. I am looking forward to getting back into the gym in person. Additionally, I love preparing healthy meals with my family.”

451 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD., SUITE D-224, MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-545-0770 | SUMMERORTHODONTICS.COM

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ummer Orthodontics specializes in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, crowding, spacing, protrusion, narrow arch, overbites, underbites, cross-bites and deep bites. Dr. Summer Blake has been practicing orthodontics since 2001. She opened her office in Manhattan Beach on Summer Solstice—June 21, 2010.


ALL ABOUT KIDS

BREEZE ORTHODONTICS Rita Y. Chuang, DDS, Owner

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE'S FOCUS. “I am committed to caring for my patients holistically by taking into account not only their smile goals, but also enhancing their facial balance, airway and TMJ conditions. My interdisciplinary training and clinical experience allow me to address the interconnectivity of a patient's bite and skeletal function in a unique manner. The focus of my treatment approach is to always optimize the patient’s overall health by creating harmony between facial beauty and healthy smile. Comprehensive and proactive diagnosis and treatment in younger patients can minimize later need for more invasive procedures like extractions or surgery. We carefully monitor airway symptoms like snoring, teeth grinding TMJ problems and headaches, which may be associated with a narrow upper jaw (also the base of the nasal cavity) and contribute to compromised airways. As a former orthodontics patient myself, I understand that each person’s health care needs are unique. My approach is to individualize care and to meet my patients exactly where they are.” DO YOU HAVE A MISSION STATEMENT? “Our mission is to transform lives, one smile at a time. We accomplish this by creating beautiful smiles, setting patients up for a lifetime of dental and airway health, all within a compassionate, friendly and stressfree environment.”

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? “Breeze is such a relaxing word, and that is how we want our patients to feel in our office. Breeze captures the essence of South Bay living and my desire to make the entire smile journey enjoyable and easy-breezy for my patients. As an airway-focused orthodontist, the word Breeze also emphasizes my passion in helping my patients improve their airway and facilitate their ease of breathing.”

For children, it is important to develop the craniofacial structures optimally, which influences facial balance, proper breathing, tongue posture and habits. Improving one’s nasopharyngeal airflow improves oxygen inflow and sleep quality, which in turn helps with brain function, concentration, focus and memory. Avoiding early jaw and craniofacial dysfunctions are also important in helping children grow and develop academically and socially.”

WHAT FULFILLS YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER? “I am passionate about orthodontics because I feel a strong calling to be an educator, mentor and empowerment coach—passions that I blend seamlessly in my practice. I have the privilege of working with adolescents during their crucial period of growth and development—physically, mentally and emotionally. Many come to me with insecurities about their appearance and the way they connect with their peers. I enjoy mentoring my patients, and it is very gratifying to witness them blossom—smiles and all. Their confidence and self-esteem soar while their academic performances improve and extracurricular passions develop. I feel like my job is more fun than work because I get to see people from all walks of life come into my office in one condition and leave much happier and healthier.”

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR TODAY? “We have the best patients! My patients make coming to work each day such a joy. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work in beautiful South Bay within such a supportive, caring and knowledgeable community. I continue to be amazed by my dedicated Breeze team members, who enjoy serving our patients and creating laughter each day. Despite the challenges from last year, I am grateful that we were able to bounce back quickly from the mandated closures to serve those who need our services with even better means. I am also grateful for the new technological solutions that allow us to stay even more connected with our patients and streamline their care more than before.”

HOW DOES YOUR BUSINESS PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR KIDS? " “I have come to realize that children are more motivated to maintain their own dental health when they are properly educated to understand the purpose of each step in the treatment in a fun way. Healthy habits lead to a healthy lifestyle, and I find it easier to help my patients establish those habits earlier rather than later in life. In order to cement those habits, consistent education is a key component of our program at Breeze Orthodontics. I enjoy taking the time to establish a personal relationship and building trust with each of my patients.

HAVE YOU BEEN FEATURED IN ANY OTHER PUBLICATIONS? “Yes, aside from Southbay magazine’s Top Dentists business profiles, I have had the honor to be included in Incisal Edge’s 40 under 40 issue and in Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Dentists section.” WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE KIDS TO KNOW? “Anything is possible with hard work and passion. I immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10 and through perseverance, I mastered the language and was admitted to top institutions. I worked even harder to create Breeze Orthodontics to help my community smile more confidently and live a healthier life. If you follow your heart and pursue your passion, your days will be filled with fun and breeze.”

21210 ANZA AVE., TORRANCE | 310-540-5911 | BREEZEORTHO.COM | INSTAGRAM/FACEBOOK: @BREEZEORTHO

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r. Rita Chuang is a board-certified orthodontist and founder of Breeze Orthodontics in Torrance. She received her training from Cornell University, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the USC School of Dentistry, and completed her orthodontics residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rita served as the clinical director at UPenn’s orthodontics program and is a published author of several scientific publications and books, including The Million Dollar Smile: Changing Lives with Cosmetic Dentistry. She has worked in the field of dentistry for 16 years.


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ROLLING HILLS PREP AND RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS

WHAT TRENDS ARE SHAPING THE FIELD OF EDUCATION TODAY? “Two major topics for our schools are Character Education and embracing neurodiversity. We feel it’s important to make character building and student agency a crucial point of focus throughout our curriculum, encouraging our students to ask difficult questions of society and the world around them—with the hope that these lines of inquiry will encourage them to ask big questions throughout the remainder of their lives. With our shared campus focusing on both

rigorous college prep and students with learning differences, we recognize the need to educate society on the topic of neurodiversity and eliminate a lot of misinformation. We regularly witness students with learning differences both meeting and surpassing neurotypical students once they have the adequate learning tools and support in place to allow them to succeed. We help all students gain insight about their learning styles and build an approach that supports those learning styles.” HOW DOES YOUR SCHOOL SUPPORT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR KIDS? “Healthy Bodies has been one of our foundational Four Pillars of education throughout our history and has often included initiatives that promote wellness through healthy eating, health education and no-cut athletic opportunities. In recent years, we have allocated a great deal of institutional focus on student wellness and social-emotional health through the development of a larger counseling and Student Life program, in addition to initiatives

like peer mentorship programs and the integration of mindfulness both inside and outside the classroom.” HOW IS YOUR SCHOOL HELPING KIDS COPE WITH THE PANDEMIC AND SAFER-AT-HOME ORDERS? “We continue to look for ways to create a sense of either normalcy or heightened inclusivity throughout distance learning. One of the most notable elements of our distance learning program since the beginning has been maintaining our block schedule and ensuring that every class has its regular meetings. This provides opportunities for students to connect with each other and their teachers and advisors to ensure they feel supported. New or adapted initiatives have also been paramount, such as virtual talent shows and school performances that were tailor-made for a virtual environment. Many families have reported that these measures have had a dramatic impact on the wellbeing of their children.”

ONE ROLLING HILLS PREP WAY, SAN PEDRO | 310-791-1101 | ROLLINGHILLSPREP.ORG

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olling Hills Prep was founded in Malaga Cove in 1981 to provide a rigorous college prep program for grades 6–12. Renaissance School was opened in 2004 to meet the needs of students in grades 5–12 with learning differences and built support directly into the educational program. The schools run side by side in San Pedro, offering an individualized curriculum for the entire gamut of learners and learning styles.


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VISTAMAR SCHOOL

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istamar, founded in 2005, is an independent college preparatory day school serving grades 9–12. The founders’ vision was to tap into the diversity of Los Angeles to bring together students who could learn from each other the skills and attitudes necessary for global citizenship. The school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, even in distance learning mode, including 20 athletics teams, 23 studentled clubs and affinity groups, and an arts department that produces theatre and music performances for the community.

WHAT TRENDS ARE SHAPING THE FIELD OF EDUCATION TODAY? “Vistamar’s focus has always been on teaching students how to think—not what to think. More than ever, it is critical for students to problem-solve and think conceptually for themselves as they navigate our complex and changing world. To that end, Vistamar school builds independent thinkers with diverse viewpoints who are better prepared for college and the world beyond. Students learn to

balance academic rigor with their passions, supported by a strong community. Our curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, independent problem-solving, collaborative work, technological acumen and reflective practice. Faculty members interact closely with students to support them through the challenges this rigorous program entails.” WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOUR SCHOOL PROMOTES EQUALITY AND INCLUSIVITY? “Our values of equity and inclusion have profoundly shaped Vistamar’s multicultural curriculum, vibrant student cocurricular life, lively family engagement and educational programming. Students learn more in an environment where preconceived notions are continuously challenged by fellow students who come from different backgrounds.” WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENTS DURING THE RECENT CRISIS? “We are so proud of and thankful to our teachers, who have successfully shifted their outstanding teaching to the virtual world

while also delivering care and connection to our students. During this pandemic, Vistamar’s faculty has continued to facilitate learning that gives students interesting, relevant, meaningful work—albeit from home. The passion our teachers have for their work and the strong relationships they have fostered with their students ensures we maintain a high level of academic rigor in a setting where students feel supported and seen.” HOW DO YOU PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE? “The colleges and universities our graduates attend reflect the selectivity and variety expected from one of L.A.’s finest independent schools. Our four-year college prep process is embedded in the larger context of what we call Life Planning. The goal is for students to find and choose a school in which they can thrive and excel—one that is worthy of their achievements. Students develop the tools to excel in college, do meaningful work, be engaged with their communities and sustain fulfilling relationships.”

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PENINSULA HERITAGE SCHOOL

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL. “Peninsula Heritage School was truly a pioneer in character education. In fact, this was one of the reasons for the school’s founding in 1961. Many years before public and private schools introduced character education, our nationally award-winning program was firmly established. We teach six character qualities with the acronym CAR GPS: Caring, Attitude, Respect, Gratitude, Perseverance and SelfControl. At our 2020 commencement, one graduate reflected, ‘The character qualities I learned here at Peninsula Heritage School will be my GPS for life!’”

HOW HAS PHS HELPED KIDS COPE WITH THE PANDEMIC? “Last spring when our faculty seamlessly pivoted to online learning, our students felt the love and concern of their teachers through well-crafted lessons, small-group collaboration, daily read-alouds, teachers’ office hours for individualized review, and socialemotional check-ins with every pupil. Students established a learning routine that enabled them to progress despite the challenging circumstances, and this continued through the fall. Now that most students are on campus four mornings a week with additional online classes, their engagement with teachers and classmates is further strengthened—increasing their sense of security and normalcy.” WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOUR SCHOOL PROMOTES EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY? “Leadership is critical in teaching and promoting any concept, and the diverse leadership of PHS strives to promote equity and inclusion. This past summer’s reading selections for all faculty and staff centered on creating a

deeper understanding of identity and inherent bias. Students are encouraged to share their religions, cultures and traditions in class and with the entire school at assemblies so everyone can celebrate and appreciate the importance of diversity. Our admissions policies are constantly aimed at broadening the backgrounds, socio-economic levels and ethnicities of our Peninsula Heritage student body.” HOW CAN PARENTS BEST INVEST IN THEIR KIDS’ FUTURE SUCCESS? “Experience has shown that children’s education is truly an investment in their future. When adults invest in stocks or bonds, they look for a monetary return (income) from those investments. Choosing the right school for your child enhances the process of education, which will yield the returns of a child with intellectual, social, and ethical knowledge and habits. In the process, the ideal school nurtures each child’s natural talents, promotes growth and mastery across all academic levels, and fosters the intellectual curiosity to become lifelong learners.”

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eninsula Heritage School (PHS) was founded in 1961 by a group of concerned parents seeking a high level of academic instruction in an environment where character qualities were taught and practiced. The school moved to its current campus in Rolling Hills Estates in 1976 and today serves kindergarten through eighth grade, with the middle school located on its own adjacent campus.


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AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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mbassador Christian School opened its doors in 2013 as a high school and today serves grades 6–12. The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including athletics, speech and debate, worship team, computer club, student government, National Honors Society, yearbook and chapel art team. Additionally, students have the opportunity to partner with a faculty or staff member to create new clubs. HOW DOES AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SUPPORT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR KIDS? “As a Christian school, we believe a healthy lifestyle for students is motivated by God’s love. So we emphasize a real relationship with God and focus on building relationships with other students and faculty. We accomplish this through our Spiritual Formation program, which includes daily Bible classes, chapel services, volunteer opportunities, and schoolwide events such as our annual retreat and our yearly mission trip to Mexico.”

HOW CAN PARENTS BEST INVEST IN THEIR KIDS’ FUTURE SUCCESS? “We believe a private college prep Christian school is the best investment parents can make for their children. In addition to offering strong academics, Ambassador Christian provides all the soft skills (listening, speaking, writing and teamwork) for students to be successful as adults. Our emphasis on mentoring students and the family atmosphere on campus is the key to our success and the success of our students.” WHAT TRENDS ARE SHAPING THE FIELD OF EDUCATION TODAY? “Ambassador Christian students gain admissions to Ivy League and other universities around the world. We are seeing more students interested in a double major in college, so they take dual-credit college courses in high school. Students with a double major have a more likely chance to earn high wage jobs in the future.”

WHAT MAKES YOUR TEACHERS THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS? “Ambassador teachers are the best in the business because of their passion for students and their training. All Ambassador teachers are experts in their field and trained in the Harkness method—a discussion-based teaching method that allows students to participate in guiding the conversation. Our teachers dedicate their extra time, free of charge, to help students on a one-on-one basis. Recent alumni Madison Dunn said it best when he remarked, ‘Nowhere else have I ever felt so loved and cared for by teachers. The faculty and staff are an amazing family.’” WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2021? “We are excited about new programs for students including internships, research projects, new athletic facilities and music programs. Our goals include growing these new programs and meeting the social and emotional needs of students returning to in-person classes full time.”

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argaret Chadwick founded Chadwick School in San Pedro in 1935 with four students. She moved the school to its current 45-acre campus in Palos Verdes in 1937. Today, the school serves 865 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Chadwick Mission is to develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, selfknowledge and the ability to lead.

DESCRIBE THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT CHADWICK SCHOOL. “At Chadwick, students learn by doing, and their education unfolds both inside and outside the classroom. With an 8:1 student-teacher ratio, every student is seen, heard and mentored. Students are taught to think critically and creatively, and to become hands-on problemsolvers. We go beyond academics by focusing on the whole student. From outdoor education and athletics to performing and visual arts, Chadwick’s Core Values of compassion, fairness, honesty, respect and responsibility are

the foundation of every course. By practicing these values in all they do, Chadwick students build character that prepares them for a lifetime of success and fulfillment.” WHAT MAKES YOUR SCHOOL A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? “Our faculty and staff consistently point to our community, campus and Core Values as top reasons they love working here. Teachers have the space to express new ideas and make powerful contributions to our students. Small class sizes mean students and teachers form tight bonds. Faculty members are highly encouraged to sharpen their skills and pursue new ones through professional development opportunities.” IS CHADWICK EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL LEARNING? “Last year, we celebrated the opening of Chadwick’s Center for Innovation and Research (CIR), three state-of-the-art buildings that take our ‘learning-by-doing’

approach to a whole new level. The CIR’s focus is on creating opportunities for interdisciplinary research, science, technology, engineering, math, creativity, collaboration, innovative thinking and entrepreneurship throughout the K-12 curriculum. The buildings feature spaces for a lab, engineering, robotics, computer science, seminars and curriculum development. We’re thrilled that the CIR helps students hone skills that equip them for future careers that don’t even exist yet!” WHAT DO YOU SEE KIDS DOING TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE? “From their first days at Chadwick, students have an array of leadership and service opportunities. They learn that compassion and character are as vital to their future, and to the world, as academics. Our students engage in local, national and international volunteer projects, and most Chadwick Upper School students volunteer for off-campus community service at least once a week.”

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L to R: Suzy Zimmerman, Suzy Zimmerman State Farm Insurance Agency; Nick Arquette, Walk with Sally; Lauren Dennis-Perelmuter, The Art Box Academy and Art To Grow On Children’s Art Center

THE ART BOX ACADEMY Lauren Dennis-Perelmuter, Founder/CEO

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auren Dennis-Perelmuter, founder of Art To Grow On Children’s Art Center, Inc., recognized the need for children to continue to enjoy art lessons and activities even as the pandemic shut down on-site campus programs. So she created The Art Box Academy in the spring of 2020, offering packaged art lessons delivered directly to the child—whether at home, in a hospital, at a luxury resort or in a classroom. WHAT DOES THE ART BOX ACADEMY OFFER? “We provide art and activity boxes and art lesson packets for kiddos ages 3–17. Lessons are inspired by the great master artists and architects. Activity boxes include projects and activities to sharpen critical thinking, build creative resilience, strengthen fine motor skills and ensure children have a ton of fun! Coming soon, kids can enjoy our Summer Camp in a Box too. Also, we love partnering with local organizations. For example, we work with Terranea Resort to provide their Kids Club Activity Boxes.”

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PARTNERSHIP WITH WALK WITH SALLY. “Walk With Sally is a nonprofit that provides mentors and support for children impacted by a family member’s cancer diagnosis. Founder and CEO Nick Arquette saw an incredible opportunity to work with The Art Box Academy to provide our activity boxes for the first-time meet-and-greet with mentors and children. Both Nick and I foresee a long-term professional partnership, providing boxes and eventually in-person events. There are so many ways to bring a little joy and respite to these beautiful children going through such a difficult time.” HOW DID THE SUZY ZIMMERMAN STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENCY GET INVOLVED? “A very exciting component to the partnership with Walk with Sally was having Suzy Zimmerman step in as the first co-branding partner. Knowing how important it is for children to be supported and have creative outlets

to express themselves, Suzy came on board to ensure art boxes were delivered to the Walk with Sally siblings. To have a corporate partner like Suzy Zimmerman coming together with The Art Box Academy and Walk with Sally is a true example of how our South Bay community loves and supports each other!” WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE ART BOX ACADEMY? “As the pandemic continued to shine a light on those in most need, The Art Box Academy’s partnerships with pediatric hospitals expanded greatly. Individuals and companies such as DocMagic, FridaBaby and Sony Pictures Entertainment have continued to be extremely generous, filling needs for these hospitals by supporting our pediatric art boxes. We will be inviting additional organizations to join us in co-branding partnerships to get these boxes into children’s hands throughout the years ahead. Partnering has always been at the forefront of our growth and reach, and we can’t imagine doing it any other way. We are so grateful!”

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L to R: Ed Lynch, project manager Jose Carillo, student & employee James Barnes at Mychal’s Printing & Embroidery

MYCHAL’S LEARNING PLACE Ed Lynch, Founder & Executive Director

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ychal’s Learning Place is a nonprofit organization that provides support, training and opportunities to youth and young adults with developmental disabilities so they can build independence and pursue their goals and dreams. Founder Ed Lynch founded Mychal’s Learning Place in 2002 as an after-school program. They have expanded to include an adult day program, a Saturday enrichment activity series, and support and training for parents. More recently they opened two social enterprises, Mychal’s Bakery & Coffee and Mychal’s Printing & Embroidery, which offer students on-the-job training. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS? “I created Mychal’s to honor my daughter, Mychal, who passed away in 1996 at 7½ years of age. I think of her daily and know that she would be happy here at Mychal’s, where she would be loved, challenged and accepted.”

WHAT DO YOU WANT FAMILIES WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD TO KNOW? “Set the bar higher than anything you’ve been told about the limits of disabilities. Imagine what you want for your child and think, ‘How can I get them there or close to there?’ Start them early at home with chores and include them in all the activities. They can do it, and we can accommodate them so they can be successful and more independent. Maybe even more importantly, leave the label at the door. Labels infer that these children and our students have limitations, but their opportunities are limitless.” HOW DO YOU USE YOUR SUCCESS TO DO GOOD IN YOUR COMMUNITY? “On top of our main mission to support, train and provide opportunities for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities, we strive to support our entire community. We’ve been hosting regular food drives to provide access to the most basic needs for

families within the special needs community who may be food-scarce. We’ve even been keeping our ovens warm during COVID-19 by baking and delivering cookies to frontline workers throughout our community.” HOW CAN PARENTS BEST INVEST IN THEIR KIDS’ FUTURE SUCCESS? “Mychal’s Learning Place believes in challenging our students to succeed by setting high expectations as they reach adulthood. This empowers them to live independent, fulfilled and productive lives as members of our community. As parents, our instinct is to always protect our children, so it can be difficult to challenge them when we know it’s going to be a difficult path for them. However, that is how our children can grow, that is how they expand, and that is how they can build their self-esteem so they can continue on a path toward achieving their goals and dreams.”

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for numbers tell no story.

someone she can hang on her wall

I will speak of them as pearl pinpricks

of picture-perfect students of old.

against an inky sea, a dazzling white outpour

The portraits say “Harvard” and “Stanford”

rendering the intangible tangible,

and “MIT.”

the night I looked up at an endless expanse of galaxy

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

and called it forever, called it my future.

“A dermatologist,” I say. My teacher smiles. It’s the right answer.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” My teacher asks five months later.

I told my mother I did not want to take AP calculus,

My gaze flits towards the wall of pictures—

but I’m taking it anyway.

to those picture-perfect students of old. They grin at

My mother said that AP calculus is a

me and exclaim HARVARD! STANFORD! MIT!

common denominator in Princeton acceptances.

But I decide that those names mean nothing to me.

I laughed, but she wasn’t joking.

I look past my teacher. I look past her, toward the

I once read a short story called

future, toward the fantasy trilogy I’ve spent years

“Variable Planes of Motion,”

dreaming about writing.

but these variables are devoid of feeling.

And it’s so beautiful, how the words flow as easily

I want my mother and teacher to be proud of me.

as rhyme scheme: “I want to be a writer.”

I think it is human nature to crave love,

I mean it with every word I have ever written,

support and acceptance.

and every star in the sky. She says nothing, but I know it’s the right answer. ■

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