Central Coast Voices

Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County. The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns such as health care access, neighborhood design, the state of our education infrastructure, the economic impacts, and much more. Your hosts Kris Kington-Barker and Fred Munroe invite you to join the conversation. To participate, call 805-781-3875 during the program.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 9/21/2017

As a leader in the movement to provide an alternative to the negative influences children face every day. The mission of Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation(PRYAF) is to enrich the lives of area youth with free classes in the visual and performing arts in a safe, nurturing environment. They provide over 300 students ages 5–18 with over fifty weekly classes and serve over 1,200 students annually. PYAF is making an impact by encouraging students to stay in school, look toward higher education, stay off drugs, out of gangs and out of trouble.

Broadcast date: 9/14/2017

Many experts believe the increased legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless among youth. With this misperception, youth are using the drug at  increased rates. For example, the 2016 VITAL SIGNS reports shows a major increase in marijuana consumption among San Luis Obispo County teens. It reported forty-one percent of eleventh graders used marijuana in the past 30 days, compared to just 26% in 2013. A 15% increase. Why is this such a concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on brain function of the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.

Broadcast date: 9/7/2017

For more than 40 years, each October the Community of Atascadero Celebrates Colony Days and the reenactment of the original Tent City. What is Colony Days? Why is it celebrated? How did Atascadero begin? Who is E.G. Lewis?

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with organizers of this unique event, guests Nic Mattson, Colony Days Committee Vice Chair and Greg Ravatt, Colony Days participant and Atascadero Historical Society member as they discuss the history of the Atascadero Colony and the importance of this long standing community event.

Broadcast date: 8/31/17

While Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression, the catastrophic aftermath continues along the Gulf Coast, as heavy rain continues to move through the region, and warnings of potential flooding remain. Thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes, leaving everything they own behind. It is anticipated that many more families will be impacted as rain continues to fall and flooding persists. As always, The American Red Cross has been there to help, and continues massive relief efforts, working day and night to get help to where it is needed most. 

Broadcast date: 8/24/2017

Founded nearly 160 years ago, the YMCA is a nonprofit like no other. Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S, and 9 million youth and 13 million adults each year. It is the leading nonprofit organization in the country offering programs, services and initiatives focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, according to the unique needs of the communities it engages. On the Central Coast the Y is part of movement that serves well over 10,000 families in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria Valley and Monterrey County and provides financial assistance to hundreds of families in need of Y programs and membership.

Broadcast date: 8/17/2017

"Inspirational, fun, team building, challenging, rewarding, instructional, teaching tolerance, love of fine music," is how it has been described. The Central Coast Children's Choir provides over 100 children in San Luis Obispo County with the extraordinary opportunity of experiencing the joy of singing in live choral performances while receiving a high-quality music education.

F.E.E.D.

Aug 9, 2017

Broadcast date: 8/10/2017

As the USDA reports the average age of farmers and ranchers in the United States continues to rise, many fear that there are few if any young people ready to take their place and provide the food this country will need to sustain itself long-term.

Closer to Home

Aug 2, 2017

Broadcast date: 8/3/17

In 2016 San Luis Obispo County completed a $20 million expansion of its Juvenile Hall, increasing it from 18,000 to 42,000 square feet and from 45 to 65 beds. The project was many years in the making. The expansion project allowed the facility to expand the amount and quality of its services, such as implementing the new custody commitment camp program named, The Coastal Valley Academy (CVA), which is for 14-17 year old male and female youth who are moderate to high risk and in need of residential treatment. 

AmpSurf

Jul 24, 2017

Broadcast date: 7/27/2017

Nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have been wounded while serving our country, and are searching for ways to feel whole again. One in five Americans struggle with a life-long disability. Whether someone is a disabled vet, an autistic child, or a young woman who has lost a limb to cancer, AmpSurf offers a unique rehabilitation program that lets all people with disabilities experience the freedom of adaptive sports without limitations.

Broadcast date: 7/20/17

It is shaping up to be a long and dangerous fire season ahead, with more heat and overgrown brush on the horizon. Already Cal Fire is reporting that for the period between January 1 of 2017 and July 9 of 2017, it has seen 2,905 fires, burning more than 68,129 acres, that’s 657 more incidents, and 37,555 acres more than the previous year. What can individuals and communities do to prepare and adapt to this increased risk of wildfire?

Broadcast date: 7/13/2017

Few experiences can spark interest in the world like opening your home and becoming a host family for an international student. Being a host family can be a unique, rewarding, fun and educational experience for all members of a family and an opportunity to create long-lasting relationships. Families get the chance to meet new friends from all areas of the world, as well as learn about the many interesting differences between various languages and cultures. Students come here in hopes of improving their English skills, but while here host families become the students’ home away from home.

Broadcast date: 7/6/17

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Cal Poly transforms motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. Programs like the SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program stimulate the entrepreneurial “learn by doing” spirit at Cal Poly, and assists entrepreneurs in following their dreams. In this entrepreneurial environment, students learn to generate innovative solutions to real-world problems, research promising technologies, and develop viable business plans with the support of experienced entrepreneurs and faculty mentors. 

Broadcast date: 6/29/2017

The most recent Vital Signs report showed that seniors over the age of 60 are the fastest growing group in the county, making up 25% of the population in 2015, up from 21% in 2010. The CDC reports that increased life expectancy, brought on by the success of public health interventions of the past century, will bring new challenges for community programs who will need to respond to an increased need created by this achievement, including the growing burden of chronic illnesses in United States, a higher number of disabilities and increased issues surrounding concerns care-giving and rising medical costs. As our aging population continues to increase, we will talk about how you (and your family) can be part of the solution to bridge the gaps in safety net services for seniors and help support aging in place.

Broadcast date: 6/22/2017

In the past 30 years the State of California has added 21 new state prisons, and with this the prison population has expanded from 23,000 to 170,000.  And while it is reported that taxpayers pay $11 billion per year to operate the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, comparatively little of California’s prison budget goes toward rehabilitation.

Broadcast date: 6/15/2017

Camp Natoma is a special place on the Central Coast, where a week of sleeping under the stars provides campers with an experience they will remember for a lifetime. Campers love to come back year after year, and many of the staff are also former campers. A long standing tradition in San Luis Obispo County, operating since 1941, Camp Natoma is owned and operated by Camp Fire Central Coast of California, a non-profit youth development organization, the camp has been a summer tradition for thousands of families.

Broadcast date: 6/8/2017

In San Luis Obispo County more than 46,000 residents are food insecure, meaning they are unable to consistently access or afford adequate food. That means that 1 in 6 people face hunger. Of these at least 40% are children, and 20% are seniors.

Broadcast date: 6/1/2017

Just turn on the T.V. and you’ll find tiny homes are everywhere! While tiny homes aren’t for everyone, they have the potential to provide affordable housing solutions for certain segments of the community. Whether it be temporary housing for a homeless individual, a permanent residence for someone looking to simplify their lifestyle, or as an accessory unit to a primary residence, tiny homes can provide an attractive solution. And while these tiny homes have sparked a big trend, many municipalities have been unprepared for them from a code perspective, and so they have brought with them numerous challenges for would-be owners, builders and city officials alike.

Broadcast date: 5/25/17

The Honor Flight Network, is an organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service, by transporting our heroes to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials and recognize the ultimate sacrifices of their friends who never made it home. They transported 20,558 veterans in 2016 alone to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. More than 27,272 more are still on a waiting list.

Broadcast date: 5/18/2017

A survey, by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that about 8% of Americans don’t take their medicines as prescribed by a doctor because they can’t afford them. According to the 2016 SLO County Commission on Aging report, an estimated 38 percent—or more than 13,000—of SLO County seniors older than 65 didn’t have enough income to meet their basic needs, this includes health care and prescription medications. Even with Medicaid, nearly 10% of older adults were unable to pay for their prescriptions, because of a coverage gap, known as the "donut hole" and those without insurance or living below the federal poverty level faired even worse— nearly 14% did not take medications as prescribed.

Broadcast date: 5/11/17

The Central Coast is often considered a road bicycling and mountain bicycler’s paradise. And yet, in the 2016 ACTION Vital Signs Report, even more bike paths and mountain biking trails together earned the third most wanted public recreation opportunities that people would like to see more of in San Luis Obispo County. Whether biking for enjoyment or to work, many are increasingly seeing the benefits of this activity for health, happiness, and the environment.

Broadcast date: 5/4/2017

Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the US since 2007. Every community has been affected by this trend. Today, drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns, and falling.

Broadcast date: 4/27/17

While we spend a lot of time discussing the issue of violence, we rarely devote as much time to talking about the subject of peace. What is Peace Literacy? It is thought to be the next step in the development of our global civilization.  Teachers of peace literacy, like those on this program, believe that it is necessary in an interconnected world where the fate of every nation is tied to the fate of our planet.  They also claim that during an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, peace literacy can be “survival literacy.” They believe a peace literate world is a secure, just, and prosperous world, and they work to bring peace literacy education to schools and communities around the world.

Broadcast date: 4/20/17

The new administration’s funding proposal has called for drastically cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent in order to increase funding for defense programs and immigration enforcement. Yet, these cuts to the EPA have the potential to put many of us at greater risk.

Resilience

Apr 7, 2017

Broadcast Date: 4/13/2017

“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. While the original research was controversial, experts now consider the findings to have revealed one of the most important public health findings of a generation. Understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Broadcast date: 4/6/2017

The United States is a nation of immigrants and has benefited immeasurably from the talents, values, and contributions of newcomers to our shores. But with shifts in immigration policy, the Trump administration has tightened enforcement and increased deportation actions, and immigrant families and children, who have always faced a multitude of barriers, are living in a heightened state of fear and anxiety.

Broadcast date: 3/30/17

Thriving communities preserve and celebrate their shared histories. So, the History Center of San Luis Obispo County has launched a new campaign to remind us all of the importance of this, and invite important conversations about where we came from, who we are, and what we hope to become together.

Broadcast date: 3/23/2017

Everyone knows that volunteering is meant to improve and support our community by giving our time and energy to nonprofit agencies that provide much needed services. However, that’s not where the benefits stop. There are a multitude of personal and professional benefits one can gain from volunteering.

Broadcast date: 3/16/17

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals face discrimination in almost all aspects of their lives. They are often denied access to employment, education, housing, health care, and yes, even bathrooms. They are targeted for attacks solely because of their gender expression or perceived sexual orientation. Many face violence.

Broadcast date: 3/9/2017

What is the quality of life like in San Luis Obispo County? Do residents feel safe? Are there enough employment opportunities? Do people feel they have access to good schools and services? Is our community healthy? These are just a few of the questions that a consortium of public and private health, education, business, environmental, human service and civic organizations set out to answer when they began the ACTION for Healthy Communities project in the late 1990s. The Vital Signs report is compiled every three years through a collaboration of local organizations which sponsor the project. It is the longest running in San Luis Obispo County.

Creativity at the core

Feb 28, 2017

Broadcast date: 3/2/17

Creativity at the Core is a statewide program to support arts learning in California’s public schools, grades Pre-K through Twelve. Led by the California County Superintendents Arts Initiative, there are many state partners including the California PTA. Here on the Central Coast the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and ARTS Obispo are partners, working with local interest groups and school districts, to further Creativity at the Core regionally.

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