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Saturday, April 11, 2015

VIDA Program Youngsters, Sheriff’s Deputies and Altadena Mountain Rescue Hike to Echo Mountain Today


Story and Photography Courtesy Deputy Paige

Altadena station VIDA program youths and deputies, with help from the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, led 22 kids into the Angeles National Forest today. The group hiked almost 6 miles from Altadena to Echo Mountain.

The students saw some amazing scenery this morning, and learned about hiking safey and basic first aid.

Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) is a structured 16-week program for non-violent, at-risk youth between the ages of 11 and 17½. Through collaboration between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, community-based organizations, volunteers, schools and families, the program teaches youth the value of effective decision-making and taking responsibility for their futures.

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