[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
91°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
October 18
1876 - Southern Pacific begins subdividing town of Newhall (original location at Bouquet Junction) [story]


Raul Domrique has been part of the employment program developed between AMS Fulfillment and the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Activities League center for several years.  Photos: LASD

Raul Domrique has been part of the employment program developed between AMS Fulfillment and the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Activities League center for several years. Photos: LASD

It was several years ago when businessman Ken Wiseman and Deputy Brian Rooney started discussing how challenging it can be not only for at-risk kids to prepare for the workforce, but also to find jobs once they reach adulthood.

That conversation sparked an idea that has blossomed into an ongoing youth employment partnership between Valencia-based AMS Fulfillment, where Wiseman serves as CEO, and the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Activities League center, where Rooney is the supervising deputy.

“We were talking about how one of the most difficult groups to get employment is at-risk youth,” Wiseman said. “In many cases it would be to put food on the family table, and critical things, paying rent and things like that. It was summer, so school was out and the kids were available. Initially we decided we would create a few positions and we would take five kids in.”

Rooney chose some promising teens from the SCV YAL, in the Val Verde community, and coached them for their interviews with AMS, which provides fulfillment and distribution services for commercial clients from its roughly a half-million square feet of warehouse space.

“In came Deputy Rooney with five very well-dressed kids,” Wiseman said. “We hired all five of them. By the end of the summer we had 17 kids from the Santa Clarita YAL working for us.”

Raul Domrique (center) with AMS CEO Ken Wiseman and Betty-Lou Wiseman, Executive Vice President of Client Services.

Raul Domrique (center) with AMS CEO Ken Wiseman and Betty-Lou Wiseman, Executive Vice President of Client Services.

So began a relationship that has stood the test of time. Each year, AMS continues to employ youths from the YAL – one of 17 the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation has in Los Angeles County – as part of the employment program, which has paid major dividends for the youths who participate. This year, approximately 20 teenagers have been employed through the program.

Wiseman says the success rate has been very high as the teens adjust to an adult work environment, with most of them performing warehouse work, scanning and preparing client merchandise for transport.

Rooney says the entire community is grateful to Wiseman and AMS for providing opportunities to the young workers, who are required to maintain a 2.0 grade average in order to continue working. “The ultimate goal of this program is to make kids ready for adulthood,” Rooney added. “A lot of them are working and giving money straight to Mom and Dad to help with bills.” Both Rooney and Wiseman cite one particular student worker as an example of success: Raul Domrique, who recently turned 18, and started working at AMS when he was just 15. “They call him the mini CEO,” Rooney said. “He’s just a hard-working kid who balances it all.”

After working in the warehouse at AMS for a while, Domrique, still in high school at the time, approached Wiseman about possibly moving up in the organization. So, he was given a chance to move into the office side of the operation, where he now works as an assistant account manager while attending college. “We’re all proud of him,” Wiseman said of Domrique, who was this year’s Santa Clarita honoree and a speaker at the Foundation’s “Salute to Youth” Gala.

Domrique, who has served on the state Police Activities League leadership board, said he’s just grateful to the YAL, Wiseman and AMS for providing him the opportunity to succeed. “It’s taught me a lot of responsibility and it’s given me a different outlook on my future,” Domrique said. “It’s helped me become professional. I get treated like everyone else, and I don’t get judged for my age.”

He said Wiseman’s influence has prompted him to pursue a double major in college, as he plans to study not only forensics but also business, with an eye toward starting his own forensics-related business someday.

“He’s been such an amazing person,” Domrique said of Wiseman. “He’s helped me find my structure. He’s given me these roles. They didn’t have to let me come work in the office, but he gave me that opportunity to be able to try something new and help me bring out the talents that I have.”

For information on the SCV YAL, visit www.SantaClaritaYAL.org or call (661) 257-4021.

 

About the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation

The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation of Los Angeles County utilizes seven individual programs that work with at-risk youth in Los Angeles County, helping children and teens pursue happy, productive lives — and steer clear of crime, drugs and other issues that can damage young lives. The Foundation is dedicated to providing them with safe facilities, planned programs, and the vital tools they need to thrive and succeed in life. The programs include the Foundation’s 17 Youth Activities League centers, as well as Success Through Awareness and Resistance (STAR); Vital Intervention Directional Alternative (VIDA); Sheriffs Teaching At-Risk Teens (START); Bicycle Education and Registration (BEAR); 999 for Kids; and Stop Hate and Respect Everyone (SHARE Tolerance). For more information visit www.SheriffsYouthFoundation.org, call (323) 526-5120 or email info@sheriffsyouthfoundation.org.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


LOCAL BUSINESS LINKS
LOCAL BUSINESS HEADLINES
FINANCIALS OF LOCAL INTEREST
MARKETS & METALS
STOCKS OF LOCAL INTEREST
Bank Santa Clarita17.50  chart +0.00%
Biosolar Inc Com Usd0.0001(post0.04  chart +0.00%
Sierra Bancorp27.60  chart +0.95%
Cu Bancorp (ca)36.70  chart -0.14%
Flex Ltd. - Ordinary Shares17.66  chart +0.34%
Mission Vly Bcp Ca14.13  chart -0.14%
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated92.05  chart -0.14%
Tejon Ranch Co19.24  chart +0.79%
Us Energy Initiative0.0007  chart -12.50%
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.9.50  chart +1.06%

Apple Inc.159.76  chart -0.44%
At&t Inc.35.71  chart -1.44%
Autonation, Inc.44.63  chart -0.47%
Best Buy Co., Inc.55.46  chart +1.48%
Big Lots, Inc.51.59  chart +0.17%
Barnes & Noble, Inc.7.30  chart -0.68%
Brady Corporation38.40  chart +0.39%
Boston Scientific Corporation29.52  chart +0.41%
Brookfield Asset Management Inc42.97  chart +0.35%
Cbre Group Inc Class A39.96  chart +0.76%
Carnival Corporation67.46  chart -0.98%
Comcast Corporation36.20  chart -0.74%
Costco Wholesale Corporation157.55  chart -0.52%
Curtiss-wright Corporation113.58  chart +0.04%
Cvs Health Corporation74.10  chart +2.02%
Cemex, S.a.b. De C.v. Sponsored8.03  chart -0.74%
D.r. Horton, Inc.41.51  chart +0.05%
Walt Disney Company (the)98.25  chart -0.11%
Edison International77.85  chart +0.32%
Hyatt Hotels Corporation Class 61.91  chart +0.34%
Home Depot, Inc. (the)163.45  chart +0.06%
Kb Home27.03  chart -0.52%
Kroger Company (the)20.67  chart +0.93%
Lennar Corporation Class A56.27  chart +0.61%
Laboratory Corporation Of Ameri147.99  chart -1.16%
Lowe's Companies, Inc.80.75  chart -0.44%
Mannkind Corporation4.13  chart -13.05%
Marriott International115.77  chart +0.63%
Mcdonald's Corporation165.77  chart +0.22%
Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group,6.48  chart -0.46%
Netflix, Inc.195.54  chart -1.98%
Office Depot, Inc.3.70  chart -1.60%
Rite Aid Corporation1.85  chart +2.21%
Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.30.16  chart -0.33%
Regal Entertainment Group Class16.09  chart +0.37%
Ross Stores, Inc.63.32  chart +0.13%
Republic Services, Inc.63.03  chart +0.06%
Starbucks Corporation55.21  chart +1.28%
Smart & Final Stores, Inc.6.85  chart +1.48%
Sears Holdings Corporation6.05  chart +4.49%
Six Flags Entertainment Corpora60.36  chart +0.77%
Sonova N175.60  chart +0.17%
Staples, Inc.10.25  chart +0.10%
Sunpower Corporation6.65  chart -1.77%
Target Corporation60.03  chart -0.23%
Time Warner Cable Inc209.56  chart -0.21%
Ulta Beauty, Inc.198.37  chart -1.93%
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.67.74  chart +0.50%
Waste Connections, Inc.70.51  chart +0.47%
Whole Foods Market, Inc.41.99  chart -100.00%
Waste Management, Inc.76.94  chart +0.13%
Wal-mart Stores, Inc.86.22  chart +0.28%
Woodward, Inc.80.23  chart +1.13%
CURRENCY CONVERTER

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Now is the time for all good college-bound high school seniors to join the 'Race to Submit' applications for FAFSA and CADAA grants to help cover college expenses.
High School Seniors: ‘Race to Submit’ is on for 2018 College Financial Aid
Pukúu Cultural Community Services, founded in 1971 by members of the local Fernandeno-Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, will host its 13th Annual scholarship gala fundraiser, "Night with the Stars," in Sunland on Saturday, November 4 starting at 6 p.m.
Nov. 4: Local Tribe Honors 3, Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
Santa Clarita business owners are encouraged to take the city's broadband feasibility study online survey and participate in the next phase of the study -- in-person focus groups scheduled for October 30.
Oct. 30: Focus Groups in Next Phase of City Broadband Study
Maryama, a band led by CalArts alumna Maryama Mirbagheri (Music MFA 17), was recently nominated for a 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the World Music category.
Maryama Nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's 2017 Medal of Valor Awards were held Tuesday in Los Angeles, and SCV Sheriff's Station Deputy Dmitry Barkon was recognized for his bravery and heroic actions.
SCV Sheriff’s Deputy Dmitry Barkon Earns Medal of Valor
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in response to President Trump’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, has declared Oct. 16-20 "DACA Advocacy Week."
California Community Colleges Ramp Up DACA Advocacy
COC and the Hart District will host the 2017 College & Career Fair in the college’s Honor Grove on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Oct. 21: 2017 College and Career Fair at COC
The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will showcase the work of Los Angeles-based painter Sheldon Figoten in a one-person exhibition of new paintings, “Light Fields,” opening Saturday, Oct. 28.
Oct. 28: Sheldon Figoten ‘Light Fields’ at COC Art Gallery
The Santa Clarita Artists Association held its 28th Annual Art Classic fine arts competition at William S. Hart Park's Hart Hall in Newhall on October 14.
Santa Clarita Artists Association Names Winners in 2017 Art Classic
Here is the Castaic-Val Verde Crime Information & Public Safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for September 25 through October 1.
Crime Blotter: Arson, Burglary, Theft in Castaic-Val Verde
California and New Mexico launched a fresh challenge Tuesday against the Trump administration’s repeal of higher royalty payments to states for oil, gas and coal leases on public lands.
California, New Mexico Challenge White House Favors to Oil, Gas, Coal
Here is the Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) Crime Information & Public Safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for the week of October 2 to October 8.
Crime Blotter: Burglary, Petty Theft in Stevenson Ranch
Here is the Canyon Country East (Zone 8) Crime Information and Public Safety report from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station for September 24 through October 8, 2017.
Crime Blotter: Vehicle Theft, Burglary in Canyon Country East
1876 - Southern Pacific begins subdividing town of Newhall (original location at Bouquet Junction) [story]
CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP), the professional producing arm of California Institute of the Arts, opens Fantômas: Revenge of the Image at Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China, on Oct. 19.
Oct. 19: CalArts’ Fantomas: Revenge of the Image Premieres in China
The CSUN women's golf team fired rounds of 306-309 and is in fourth place, just eight shots off the pace at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Seattle University Invitational at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, WA.
CSUN Just Eight Shots Off Pace At Washington Invitational
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Recreation, Community Services, Arts and Open Spaces Director Rick Gould announces retirement. Plus, the Board of Supervisors approve mental health care improvements. Check out these stories and more tonight on SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Advanced Technology Presentation about "Careers in the Making...Design, Engineering, Fabrication and More..." in celebration of National Manufacturing Day was a huge success.
SCV Students Gain Knowledge, Advice at National Manufacturing Day
A local company is expanding its footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley to accommodate business growth and another is relocating a division of its company from Sylmar.
Accurate Freight Systems Expands, Leases Space at IAC Commerce Center
The Domestic Violence Center (DVC) of Santa Clarita Valley is accepting applications for Adopt-a-Family 2017.
DVC of SCV Currently Accepting Adopt-a-Family 2017 Applications
Major Impact Theater, founded by Jill Garson and Shawnda Davis in 2014, is a non-profit theater group that specially adapts plays for performance by adults with disabilities in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Nov. 4: Major Impact Theater Presents Blunderland
California State University, Northridge will make history on Thursday, Oct. 26, by becoming the first California State University with a Sustainability Center.
Oct. 26: CSUN to Open Sustainability Center
Registration for the Purple Walk of Strength is now open.
Oct. 21: Purple Walk of Strength to Benefit Domestic Violence Center
Raising a child is a demanding job for any parent, especially when supportive resources seem to be elusive or nonexistent.
Oct. 22: CSUN Hosts Special Needs Resource Fair
College of the Canyons dominated its match vs. Bakersfield College from start to finish on Friday night, resulting in a 5-1 victory over the Renegades for the Cougars' first conference win of the season.
COC Gets First Conference Win of Season Against Bakersfield College
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Following a two-week layoff, College of the Canyons cross country was back in competition on Saturday, running with a mix of community college and Division I programs at the Sixth Annual UC Riverside Highlander Invitational.
COC Cross Country Back in Competition After Two Week Layoff
The race to qualify for the Big West Conference Men's Soccer Tournament continues for CSUN this week with a home match against UC Riverside Wednesday night before the Matadors head to UC Irvine Saturday.
Oct. 18: CSUN Faces Off Against UC Riverside
After 16 years as director of Parks, Recreation and Community Service for the city of Santa Clarita, Rick Gould announced Monday he's retiring in mid-December.
Rick Gould Retires as City’s Parks & Recreation Chief
High school seniors whose dream is to make a difference in the world by majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are invited to apply for Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.
STEM Students Encouraged to Apply for Edison Scholars Program
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
National Teen Driver Safety Week Underway
Elder abuse and scams targeting seniors are a growing problem, Santa Clarita detectives said, but there are numerous resources and protections available.
Resources, Outreach Available to SCV Victims of Elder Abuse
Despite rallying from an early 2-0 deficit, College of the Canyons dropped a 4-2 decision to visiting Victor Valley College on Friday.
Canyons Rally Not Enough To Hold Off Victor Valley College
The College of the Canyons baseball program and Playa Vista Orioles youth baseball organization will host a free instructional clinic for players ages 11-14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Cougar Field.
Oct. 21: Youth Baseball Clinic at COC
Sacramento – In an effort to curb the fraudulent use of Disabled Person Parking Placards, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched a statewide public awareness campaign to educate Californians about the proper use of disabled parking placards and the consequences of misusing one.
DMV Launches Statewide Campaign on Use of Disabled Parking Placards
A California State University, Northridge program that provides support to undergraduate students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences has been named a 2017 Example of Excelencia in Education.
CSUN Math Program Lauded 2017 Example of Excelencia in Education
RE/MAX of Valencia will be hosting a blood drive benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Nov. 1: RE/MAX Blood Drive to Benefit CHLA