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Porsche Club of America Santa Barbara Region supports “A Different Point of View” to assist troubled youth with aviation career programs

Porsche Club of America members from Santa Barbara and Ventura and guest (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

Porsche Club of America members from Santa Barbara and Ventura and guest (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

By Gary L. Harbour

Showing once again that “It’s not just the cars, it’s the people”, the club supports a different philanthropic cause each year. This year it is “A Different Point of View”. The organization’s focus is to “Engage, Inspire, and Transform.”

Through Engage, students get hands-on experience with professional flight lessons, leadership, self-awareness training, and more related to a myriad of aviation careers. Through Inspire, students are offered a 3-day aviation career program, discovery days and year-round mentoring. Through Transform, students are shown a world they have never seen before through aviation education and mentoring.

Each day students participate in self-awareness and leadership training as well as interact with airline pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, aircraft rescue and fire fighters, aircraft mechanics and other leaders in the aviation field. Youth who may struggle in science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM) are exposed to practical applications that promote learning through hands-on, interactive experiences. Each day students receive professional flight training using the Private Pilot training syllabus. Through the use of ground school teachings and full motion simulator training, students are well prepared to climb into a Cessna 172 for their professional flight instruction lessons.

According to Lynn Houston on the ADPOV website: “Our philosophy is taken from the Lakota Tribe and their Instructions for Living: Friend, do it this way – that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and mind…When one sits in the Hoop of the People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do affects everything in the universe.”

For more information, visit http://www.ADifferentPointofView.org.

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