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In addition to being a successful computer training business in Southern California, New Horizons of Southern California is committed to be an active community member. This active community stance is in line with New Horizons of Southern California’s core values of Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Simplicity and People-First. In 2014, NHSoCal launched a new program to allow an even greater amount of volunteerism among our employees. To support individual causes in addition to corporate initiatives, employees are encouraged to participate in two charity events a year as paid days off. One day can be dedicated to any charity of the employees’ choice, while the other is asked to be volunteered for New Horizons’ official company charity, Wounded Warriors. New Horizons is excited to pilot this program, with an eye towards enriching our employees’ lives, as well as the community we live and work in.
Check back here for our latest community activities.
June 13, 2015
The event was to care for trees that Tree People had previously planted to replace 500 trees that had been destroyed by the Sayer fire in November 2008 in the Stetson Ranch Park in Sylmar. They planted over 200 native, drought resistant trees, and the volunteers were weeding, mulching and watering the trees. I picked two trees that were the farthest down the hill and I got a nice workout carrying 6 buckets of water and 4 buckets of mulch to them. In all, the volunteers were able to care for over 50 trees. If you enjoy nature and would like to volunteer, please check out www.treepeople.org to find an event near you.
Come join TreePeople’s Cody Chappel as we return Topanga Creek to its historic natural beauty. When we arrived, there was a brief lesson on the area where we would be working. It used to be a Malibu trailer park, that is now being converted back to the native habitat. I had an oak tree, and the area chosen for me was covered by a foot and a half of mulch, decaying branches, bark, etc., that I had to remove just to reach the soil so I could plant my tree. After planting and watering the tree, the next project was to strip all of the loose bark off of several large eucalyptus trees, and pile the bark on non-native plants to help kill them off. While peeling the bark off of one of the trees, I uncovered a small bat the was sleeping under the loose bark. The poor thing now had to endure the cold and 50 people taking photos of it. Thank you to Robert J. for his dedication to the community.
June 6, 2015
San Diego Sales Manager, Brandi volunteered at the Helen Woodward Animal Center Annual Spring Fling. This event is one of their largest and most important fund raisers. They raised thousands of dollars with live and silent auctions (featuring cool stuff like autographed Hotel California sheet music, signed guitars from BB King and Sheryl Crow, and a private lunch with Diane Keaton) as well as donations. They even auctioned off weekend rentals of high end BMWs and trips to Mazatlán and Lake Tahoe. They also adopted out a group of rescued puppies (seen in the pictures on stage). There were lots of food sponsors and live entertainment. It was a wonderful evening and plenty of money raised for a wonderful non-profit organization that rescues all kinds of animals, offers low cost care at the animal hospital and does a lot of good in the community. Brandi stated, "I donate both time and money to them on a regular basis as they are a wonderful organization. You can learn more about them at www.animalcenter.org and maybe adopt your next best friend there!"
Top Instructor Robert volunteered at the Oakheart Country Music Festival in Thousand Oaks CA, in June. The festival featured many local and national country music artists and the proceeds from the event benefited both local and national charitable organizations, with WWP being the main beneficiary of the event. Robert worked at the beer gardens serving, while his wife volunteered at the Kids Corral where there were lots of jumpers and games. Robert stated, "My son had a blast and after four hours of playing he still did not want to leave! It was a very enjoyable day to listen to good music!"
May 25, 2015
NHSoCal's own veterans honored their comrades this past holiday weekend. It was wonderful day on Memorial Day at Los Angeles National Veterans Cemetery in Westwood. The program usually includes reading of dispatches from war correspondents by readers including Jon Voight. Highlights included a flyover by the Condor Squadron, a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band, rifle salutes by the California Historical Group and a cannon salute by the folks from the Ft. Tejon Washington Artillery. In addition, we were able to converse with an active duty Artillery Section. They are cannoneers who man a 105 mm Howitzer. Coincidentally, that howitzer is this generations’ version of the Cannon I worked on in my days in the US Army. We had the opportunity to volunteer by placing hundreds of flowers on the headstones of the Veterans. It was a great day at the park, honoring America! Both Army Veteran and Education Consultant Kevin Dawson, along with IT Mentor Jackson Lee participated in the holiday celebration.
May 16, 2015
On Saturday, May 16th Robert Kuhlmann, LA Sales Manager, spent the day welcoming visitors to Faith United Methodist Church’s annual Matsuri of Faith. Nearly 5,000 people enjoyed the ethnic foods (Udon, Malasadas, Lumpia, Lau-Lau) and entertainment (Taiko, Hula, Gospel, R&B, Rock & Roll) throughout the day. (Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival.) Hundreds of church members and volunteers support the event before, during and even the day after. I was responsible for running the Ticket and Information booth – and spent most of the day greeting and directing visitors, selling raffle tickets, food tickets, and providing information on the festival and the church. I also worked the back stage area supporting the entertainment, and in the Plant and Produce area where we sold food donated by local businesses. And at one point, I even got onstage to perform. This annual event serves as the primary fundraiser to support the church’s wide variety of social action ministries including funding house builds in Mexico, feeding the homeless and less fortunate in the South Bay, and mission trips to rebuild areas devastated by natural disasters such as Japan, Oklahoma, and Alabama. This year, we also raised money and awareness for the Imagine No Malaria campaign which purchases bed nets and promotes education as part of a global partnership to eliminate the disease from sub-Saharan Africa."The day offered me a great opportunity to meeting so many new people while supporting our ongoing social action activities." Robert.
May 2, 2015
Last Saturday’s San Diego County NAMI Walk helped raise awareness for mental illness and fight to de-stigmatize mental health. For the last 3 months, our Instructors were given the opportunity to teach this group of consumers, and met some wonderful people along the way. As a result, Imee was compelled to help and support them through volunteer work during the 2015 NAMI walk.
"My daughters and I enjoyed assisting where we can that day. We held up signs to promote “Recovery” all around the event site, in addition we also hung posters with information for free NAMI Programs and initiatives for potential consumers. We really enjoyed being the support system and cheered on all the walkers and runners at the beginning of the race and at the finish line. It was a wonderful experience and taught my kids how to give back and support others to help improve the lives of persons impacted by mental illness living in San Diego." Imee Leverette, Applications Instructor
Top Instructor and Motocross Enthusiast, Jason Aston volunteered to run the behind the scenes show at the 2015 Carey Hart Golf International. “When I showed up, I told them I was there to do everything they didn't want to do. Started off the morning with grunt work and helping set up. I was then moved onto registration and helping raise money by selling mulligans and raffle tickets. At the end, I was in charge of cleaning everything up, making sure all the photo were taken with the winner and acted as an assistant doing whatever was needed. They ended up liking me so much that they asked if I could help them out the next day at the Supercross race for the Pit Party selling wristbands and lanyards, with such a nice group of people a cause and community I have been involved with my whole life how could I say no? Saturday was great, and ended up raising over $70,000 for a great cause. Can’t wait to help them out again in October," Jason Ashton.
Education Consultant and Army Ranger Veteran Michael Burroughs make life changing impact on some young boys in his community. "My volunteer day was focused on Bringing the Word of God to young men through building comradery and providing mentor-ship. Royal Rangers is a boy’s ministry program focused on mentoring young men to be servant leaders through Christ. We show these young men how to be leaders through serving.
Even though it was cold, rainy, and foggy these boys Ranger’ed up for the competition and three boys from my outpost placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in the archery tournament. I also had two other older boys in the Expedition Ranger group place 1st and 2nd place from my Outpost for the BeBe gun tournament. These pictures cannot truly capture the excitement and fun these boys had that took some of them away from broken homes.
April 27, 2015
Dennis Tello (like Jell-O but with a T), Tawnie “Eagle Eye” Tran, Albie “All-in" Alexander and I, John Houston (like Houston we have a problem), all volunteered at the Wounded Warriors charity golf tournament at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, in Tustin CA, and was sponsored by United Water Works. We were all assigned to a specific hole, where we were the officials to verify a hole in one. Unfortunately, the pine cone was the closest thing to the pin, so there were no big winners on the course. We also helped out our fellow volunteers who were dealing black-jack to raise additional funds for the cause. Dennis, a Marine Veteran himself who served our country in the Philippines on covert missions, missions so secret he is not allowed to talk about them, stood in as a representative for the Wounded Warriors Project to accept a check for $7500 for the cause.
April 26, 2015 Hollywood Farmer's Market
Three of our LA team members, Cristina, Maria and Matt, volunteered with Food Forward and the Hollywood Farmer's Market to collect, box and transport various fruits and veggies. As a Farmer's Market Recovery "Gleaner", they spent the day distributing boxes to vendors and asking that they spare produce. Together they gathered over 40 boxed of produce, that's 1,000 pounds! All produce was donated to local food banks, senior citizen housing, rescue missions, and other local agencies.
Training Manager, Bill has been leading youth in the construction of shelters in what was once a “squatter’s camp” in the hills above Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. "This year I was privileged to have two of my daughters with me. We arrived not long after a large fire devastated a community on the side of one of the many canyons in the area. We built five (5) homes (sheds by our standards) and presented the mother of each household with the keys. There was much weeping – from locals and construction crews alike. A big thank you to New Horizons of Southern California for making this one day trip possible. " stated Bill. Each year, Bill takes at least two to three trips down to Mexico to help build homes.
Instructor, Barbara Benneian volunteers at a no-kill shelter in Beverly Hills called the Amanda Foundation. On this particular day, she was supposed to assist the shelter with her Photoshop skills, however the shelter did not have time to work with her on the arranged day. Instead, she spent the day walking dogs, brushing and playing with cats, and enjoying time with the animals. As the only non-profit animal charity in the L.A. area to own and operate a full-service veterinary practice, the Amanda Foundation can keep orphan animals under a doctor’s care from the moment they’re rescued.
April 24, 2015
Kevin Landry got to be a Firefighter for a Day! After radio simulations, safety briefing, and gearing up, he headed in with 20 other veteran and executives to learn from the Finest Oceanside Fire Department. The goal of this program is to introduce transitioning
Military to C-level decision makers in the San Diego community with the long term plan of developing a network for success. Together these business and military leaders tackled communication techniques, physical and mental toughness and realized how civilian, military, private and public sector strengths are applicable across the board. Cindy and Morgan worked behind the scenes with event coordinators to get the word out to San Diego’s elite about these transition vets as well as prepare resources and information for these vets in their next step. After a day as a firefighter, Kevin can now rescue any burning students.
“It was interesting to see how at the end of the day, military, businesses and first responders have the same foundations: communication, responsibility and respect. Being asked to be a MIT Firefighter for a Day was an honor. As our military transitions out in San Diego, we as business leaders have an obligation to prepare these men and women for civilian careers. Our freedom depends on it, our businesses depend on it, our San Diego economy depends on it.” -Kevin Landry, Owner and CEO.
April 7, 2015
Economic barriers to technology in today's society hinder the growth and development of low-income families and continuously widen the socioeconomic gap. Official San Diego County estimates suggest that 41.8% of public school students are from low-income families and 28% of San Diego families do not have a computer in their home. Of projected San Diego jobs with the highest anticipated growth (Business Services, Communications, Defense and Transportation Manufacturing, Medical Services and Software and Computer Services) all but 4 of 25 occupations analyzed will require computer skills. Based on the estimate of 13,974 City of San Diego residents that would not be able to enter into occupations that require computer skills, lost wage potential can amount to $366,635,838 annually based on the 2004 annual average entry-level wage of $26,237 for technology sector jobs. New Horizons is proud to show our support and work with C2SDK in its goal to provide technology for low socio-economic kids. As the world's largest independent computer training provider, New Horizons is proud to help C2SDK in accomplishing this. NHSoCal has been proudly supporting this initiative for 3 years now.
Help Support Our Mission as www.c2sdk.org
March 21, 2015
On Saturday 3/21, we ran in the Semper 5K in Anaheim to raise money for military and their families. This event is sponsored by the Anaheim 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Adoption Committee, Inc., a volunteer-based, citizen-run 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to supporting the men and women who so selflessly serve our country. All event proceeds go to provide financial assistance and services to members of the 13th MEU and their family members. Both runners placed with Kevin finishing 2nd in his age group for men, and Morgan finished 3rd for women.
December 31, 2014
The 20th Annual Toy Drive and Ride for CHOC Children’s Hospital raised thousands of toys for those children who were kept away from their homes this Christmas. On Sunday, December 31, 2014, CEO and Owner Kevin Landry participated in the Ride with over 1,000 other riders, spectators, and volunteers. This event brings unwrapped toys for CHOC’s children.
December 27, 2015
The San Diego Business Journal, KSON and Fox 5 are excited to announce a special military giveaway initiative - Tickets for Troops. 1,000 game tickets for the National University Holiday Bowl will be donated to active-duty military personnel in San Diego. NHSoCal was honored to participate in the holidays for out military and their families..
September 27, 2014
As part of New Horizons of Southern California's new Community Service Program, Culver City Senior Account Executive Denise L. and her son spent her Saturday volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. To start, they were given a brief background on the great work that the LA Regional Food Bank is doing to help mitigate the hunger epidemic that many in Los Angeles may be unaware of. Volunteers were organized into groups where they helped sort and package produce that is distributed to the different agencies with the food bank.
“It was a good feeling to be part of a good cause as well as teach my son early on the importance of giving back to the community.”
March 11, 2014
Kevin Landry was invited to be a member of the San Diego Workforce Investment Board. Since then he has been adamant about involving New Horizons and their students to make an different in the San Diego community.
“As a small-business owner in San Diego, I see it as my responsibility to give back to my community. My position on the WIB gives me the opportunity to be exposed to the needs of the workforce in San Diego and make business decisions based on my experience. My business is uniquely positioned in that I deal with the business or enterprise community as well as the individual who is training to be re-positioned back into the workforce. I get to see what the needs of business are and shape our training offerings around the market needs in a real-time manner.”
January 6, 2014
On behalf of Microsoft and New Horizons of Southern California, let us thank you individually for your time, commitment, and service to our country. We thank you for all that you have done and are privileged to help you transition into a successful IT development and career. This opportunity is dedicated to our veterans to help them advance in their Microsoft training, hiring and recruitment, and technology in the workforce helping you to advance your career, education and success.
“We believe strongly in providing veterans with a steady and prosperous career after their service,” said VP of Career Development Cindy Sutherland. “Microsoft has enables us to provide our veterans with the opportunity to take the skills they learned serving and translate that experience to America’s professional ranks.”
December 3, 2013
New Horizons of Southern California (NHSoCal) hosted the official signing ceremony for their new partnership with Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) and the U.S. Army on December 3, 2013. This new partnership expands NHSoCal’s determination to give back to our veteran community and do everything we can to help these heroic men and women transition successfully back into civilian life. In addition to their individual veteran friendly training programs and initiatives, NHSoCal is working to get even more of the Army veterans successfully employed and appreciated.
PaYS and their partners enable organizations to plan out the hiring needs for their companies and veterans, reserve soldiers, and ROTC lieutenants to allow these leaders an opportunity to interview and join their teams.
November 17, 2012
NHSoCal employees used their monthly bonus to deliver $100 worth of food to St. Augustine's S.A.V.E.S. Food Pantry in Culver City. Resource Coordinator JoEllen Nitzan delivered 3 turkeys, 60 pounds of Russet Potatoes, 36 cans of Libby's Corn, 8 cans of Turkey Gravy, 5 boxes of Stove Top Dressing, 16 boxes of Corn Muffin Mix, 5 boxes of Betty Crocker Cake Mix, 11 cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, 3 bags of Chocolate Chip Cookies, 4 boxes of Hot Cocoa Mix (12 packets to a box), 10 cans of Tuna, 4 Canisters of Oatmeal, and 10 One pound boxes of Margarine.
April 4, 2012
New Horizons of Southern California's Toastmasters Club played host to The Eli Home during a special meeting. The Eli Home founded the East Street Community Renewal Initiative in 2010 to offer free resources to the impoverished part of Anaheim on East Street. One of their most successful programs is a four-week Job Training course that offers resume development, interview training and job application assistance. Members of the job training program joined NHSoCal's Toastmasters meeting to gain real-world examples of the interview process, as well as constructive criticism on their public speaking and mannerisms.
Have you ever wanted to see your boss get locked up?! NHSoCal employees had fun watching their fearless leader get hauled away in cuffs for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Annual Executive LOCK UP at Joe's Crab Shack. Good-hearted jailbirds from around Orange County joined in to raise over $27,000 to help make a different in the lives of the local families. We hope you enjoy our boss' mug shot as much as we do.
May 10, 2010
Since 1984, the Los Angeles Youth Network has empowered homeless youth to become self-sufficient by providing street outreach, transitional living and educational enrichment programs. With over 10,000 children ages 12-17 on the streets of LA every night, LAYN remains committed to giving kids a home and hope. New Horizons Southern California recently donated 35 computers to LAYN.