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BUENA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

100 Aldebaran Ave, Lompoc. (805) 742-2020

CABRILLO HIGH SCHOOL

4350 Constellation Road. Lompoc. (805) 742-2900

CLARENCE RUTH ELEMENTARY

501 North W Street, Lompoc. (805) 742-2500

CRESTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Utah Ave. Vandenberg AFB. (805) 742-2050

1211 East Pine Avenue, Lompoc. (805) 742-2100

FILLMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HAPGOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

324 South ‘A’ Street, Lompoc. (805) 742-2200

LA CANADA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

620 West North Avenue, Lompoc. (805) 742-2250

LA HONDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1213 North A Street, Lompoc. (805) 742-2300

LOMPOC HIGH SCHOOL

515 W. College Ave. Lompoc, (805) 742-3000

LOMPOC VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

234 South N Street, Lompoc, (805) 742-2600

LOS BERROS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

3745 Via Lato, Lompoc. (805) 742-2350

MAPLE HIGH SCHOOL

4010 Jupiter Avenue, Lompoc. (805) 742-3150

MIGUELITO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1600 W. Olive Avenue, Lompoc. (805) 742-2440

MISSION VALLEY SCHOOL

606 East Central Avenue, Lompoc. (805) 742-3252

VANDENBERG MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mountain View Blvd. VAFB. (805) 742-2700

LOMPOC SCHOOLS

LA PURISIMA SCHOOL

219 W Olive Avenue, Lompoc. (805) 736-6210

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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”

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Y

outh Leadership Lompoc Valley (YLLV) is a program for high

school students entering their junior year of high school and de-

signed to motivate and empower the students through team build-

ing, issues-related seminars, community projects and interaction with

community leaders.

November’s topic day was one for the books. The day started off with us

discussing our future careers and a hot topic in Lompoc, activities for the

youth. If there’s one thing that all teens can agree on, it’s that there isn’t

much for us to do here, which is why we’re always going out of town. This

discussion gave us an opportunity to voice these concerns to leaders in our

community, including the mayor herself. Much to our surprise, our leaders

were just as concerned as we are about having activities in Lompoc for the

youth. The conversation was very eye-opening and without spoiling things, our leaders have a lot planned for us in the

Future.

Next, we were given a tour of the murals in Lompoc. Although we didn’t see all the murals, we enjoyed seeing and

learning how Lompoc earned the name, the City of Arts and Flowers. My favorite mural was the Flower Flag mural in

which three soldiers are saluting a U.S. flag that is made up of flowers. Not only did the mural tour give us a chance to see

a lot of the murals we hadn’t seen before, it also gave us an opportunity to learn the history behind the murals.

After having some tasty sandwiches from our very own P.J.’s Deli, we visited the fire department. There, we were intro-

duced to some of the equipment firemen use, like the drip torch and the air tank that was very heavy! We learned how

firemen operate, with three different shifts, two on-duty for a couple months and one off-duty. The shifts that are on-duty

live at the station, awaiting their call to action and making chili.

After the fire department, we walked to the police station. Although

we didn’t get to see the holding cells, we had a blast! At the police

station, we learned what it took to be a police officer and were sur-

prised to learn that the primary issue that would disqualify an appli-

cant was dishonesty. We got to go inside the dispatchers’ room which

was very quiet (we were told that “quiet” is a trigger for dispatchers).

We then got see the interrogation rooms and learned about how the

police have different methods of interrogation for different people.

We had a chance to ask our guide questions like, what are police of-

ficers were doing about gang violence in Lompoc? and how has social

media affected Lompoc’s view of the police department? Our guide was very informative and answered all our questions

Youth Leadership Lompoc Valley Topic Day: Lompoc Life

By: Joy “Bola” Balogun

thoroughly, which we all appreciated. After the questions,

we were given the opportunity to go inside the armored

vehicle. That was a lot of fun. We truly enjoyed talking

with the police officers and for a lot of us, that was the most

memorable part of the day. Lompoc Life was the most fun

I have had so far, and I am very excited for our next topic

day.

Thank you so much to Mayor Jenelle Osborne for talking

with us; Ann Thomson for being our mural guide; Spencer

Dicks for being our guide at the fire department and letting

us slide down the emergency slide; and to Officer White for

being our guide at the police department and letting us on

the “Batmobile!”

For further information, an application, or any questions

regarding the Youth Leadership Lompoc Valley program,

please contact:

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce &

Visitors Bureau. Phone: 805-736-4567. E-mail: YLLV@

lompoc.com