Pixel Tracker

Tuesday, December 11 , 2018, 3:38 am | Fair 45º


A Different Point of View’s Aviation Career Program to Take Flight

A Different Point of View will host its first Aviation Career Program this weekend at the Santa Barbara Airport.

The new program is the only one of its kind on the Central Coast and will serve youth throughout Santa Barbara County.

A bold and innovative nonprofit organization, ADPOV's mission is to engage, inspire and transform underserved youth using flight lessons as a launching pad. ADPOV has been successful in using the profound experience of flight as a tool to broaden horizons, build character and develop leadership skills.

This program will offer three days of flight and leadership training, a workshop in airframe and power plant mechanics, and field trips. The students will visit SBA’s Air Traffic Control Tower and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Station 8. Using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) methodology, students will receive hands-on training and engage with career professionals from many aviation specialties.

The primary goal of ADPOV's Aviation Career Program is to provide youth with a viable pathway to success. Through aviation enrichment and mentoring, youth consistently show improved self-confidence and self-discipline — personal qualities necessary for excellence in their academic and professional careers.

Learning about aviation provides an exciting, real-life application of the math and science principles that students learn in school. Youth who often struggle in math and science will be exposed to practical applications in the program that promote learning through hands-on, interactive experiences.

A Different Point of View literally takes youth out of their neighborhoods and shows them the world from a different point of view. Working with Above All Aviation Flight School at the Santa Barbara Airport, students will be given lessons toward a private pilot’s license. At the conclusion of the program, each teenager will be paired with a mentor from Freedom 4 Youth, an organization that specializes in mentoring underserved youth. These mentors, along with staff from ADPOV, will provide ongoing support and guidance to connect them to future opportunities in aviation or any other career path they seek to follow.

ADPOV targets youth who live in poverty, come from single-parent homes, or who lack support and opportunity to reach their potential. Our vision is to show these youth — through aviation enrichment and mentoring — a world where opportunities are abundant and where life is a rich, exciting and promising endeavor.

Click here for more information about ADPOV and this program.

— Lynn Houston is the founder of A Different Point of View.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >