Shout Out to Pastor Pondo

Fourteen suicides and substance-related deaths took place in the span of one year in San Clemente. All fourteen of these victims were under the age of 25. Words like “epidemic” and “panic” were fervently exchanged among the community. Why was…

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Honoring Father’s Who Miss A Child

If you are a father coping with the pain of losing a child this Father’s Day, we stand with you today and always. We know it is difficult to lose a child, and it may be heartbreaking to remember they…

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Reality Party for Parents

“Many adults feel drinking and drug use is a rite of passage. They assume teen parties are the same as when they were young. Straight Up youth want parents to face the current realities of today’s “out of control” teen…

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Understanding Grief ~ by Tanya Brown

Understanding Grief & Walk Through The Tornado of Grief Chaos! Losing anyone at any age from any incident is, I believe, the hardest thing anyone can experience. Sadly, death is inevitable. Many of you reading this may not understand the dynamic of…

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Drug & Alcohol Free New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve ranks number one in the list of the “booziest” holidays of the year. It is the holiday when people consume the most alcohol, and is also one of the holidays with the highest rates of drunk driving…

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Facing the Holidays with a Hole in your Heart

There it was, carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and nestled snugly in a box of Christmas decorations that I had packed up on New Years Day…Chris’ candle.  Last year, as I approached the holiday season with a lump in my throat—the…

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Why Tennis

Tennis Is A Life Game, By Pondo Vleisides We all want to do something in the sports field yet find ourselves not the superstar to play team sports and golf, “the little white ball” forget about it. As coach and player…

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How to Feel More at Peace

Difficult experiences, challenges and negative emotions are a part of our human experience.  And when we don’t know how to process what has happened, we remain stuck in the emotions and pain of our circumstances.  However, for many of us,…

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Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the #2 crime in America behind drug trafficking. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country. The average age of a trafficking victim is 13 years old. Hear the story of Pure Hope Foundation Learn…

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Why Gaming? By Ryan Moore

While I was studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I noticed that during the spring, summer, and fall, people were always active, finding things to do such as going to a concert, lively party, rock climbing or bicycling through…

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