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The Sheriff's Department VIDA program began as the fulfillment of a dream held by two deputies in East Los Angeles to salvage troubled youths and their families. The program has evolved into a comprehensive, cognitive-based academy which reflects the next logical progression of law enforcement working in conjunction with local agencies and other county-wide resources to serve our community. Moreover, many community volunteers assist in the program.

The VIDA program encompasses an effort to educate kids about their choices and consequences for those choices. VIDA is an intervention effort wherein education, group and personal counseling, community service, and pro-social modeling is used to impact delinquency and recidivism, as well as changing the perceptions youth have toward themselves, their parents, law enforcement, and the entire community. A curriculum of physical training, health education, career guidance, life skills development, and emphasis on scholastic achievement provide a balanced format to impact self-esteem, motivate success and break the cycle of criminal behavior.

Law enforcement takes a leadership role by partnering with community-based organizations and reaching out to families of "at-risk" youth in the neighborhoods we serve. I am very excited about this program and its innovative approach to interacting with, and positively influencing local youths and their families.

Leroy D. Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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Sheriff Leroy Baca
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