Eye On The Valley – SCVI’s Dual Emergence Program and Promoting Youth Independence – October 28, 2022


Host: Matt Watson

Topic: SCVI Dual Emergence Program and Promoting Youth Independence – October 28, 2022

Guests: Farnaz Kaufman, Carolyn Olsen

Eye on the valley – SCVI Dual Emergence Program and Promoting Youth Independence – October 28, 2022

In this episode of Eye On The Valley, host Matt Watson welcomes guests Farnaz Kaufman, Director of Global Initiatives at iLEAD Schools and Carolyn Olsen of Fostering Youth Independence (FYI).

Matt begins the show by talking with Farnaz who has been an educator for over 25 years after serving in the US military and studying planetary science at Johns Hopkins University. Farnaz quickly discovered that education was his passion and has now been serving the Santa Clarita area, including iLEAD schools for eight years. As Director of Global Initiatives, Farnaz focuses on the Dual Emergence program presented at SCVI in addition to building international connections. Farnaz tells Matt that the Dual Emergence Program is a great choice that can meet the needs of many students.

“The beauty of the Dual Emergence program is that it meets both needs,” Farnaz said. “You immerse the kids in both languages ​​fifty percent of the time and I think that’s what makes our program unique from any other program is that we actually tapped into funding through the California Department of Education and the Department of Education in Spain and Mexico.”

Later, Matt is joined by Carolyn, CEO and co-founder of FYI. Carolyn founded FYI because of the needs young people in foster care simply don’t have access to. Many enter foster families as children, often returning from their biological families to foster families and constantly changing schools. FYI seeks to provide these resources so youth in foster care can have functional and meaningful lives.

Finally, Big T gets his five minutes of fame hosting trivia for “Frogger”, engineer Matt and Andrew! Listen to the full show here!

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