Youth Briefs

Mentorship program showcased today

Portfolios and projects of students participating in the Institutes for the 21st Century at La Cañada High School will be presented at the annual showcase to the community, faculty and parents from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in the Information Resource Center mezzanine.

The public is invited.

Institutes for the 21st Century is the school's mentor program designed to help students work closely with professionals while obtaining life skills. Students are involved in real-world environments solving social, scientific and business problems with experienced members of the local business community acting as mentors.

Each mentor works closely with a small group of students and meets weekly for one to two hours for one or two semesters.

Students, through the guidance of their mentor, developed and created products, used advanced technology and conducted research that will benefit the community.

In addition to learning problem-solving skills, students became better team players as they worked on projects.

Congress stages teen art contest

Teens interested in competing in the annual congressional high school art competition, “An Artistic Discovery 2010,” must turn in their entries by April 19.

The letter of invitation, rules and guidelines for the competition have been sent to each high school in the 26th District, which includes La Cañada Flintridge. They are also available on Rep. David Dreier's website,

Each congressional district hosts its own competition, and each winner's artwork is displayed for a year in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol. There will also be a local winner, whose artwork will be displayed in Dreier's San Dimas office.

Judging will take place during the week of April 26, and the winners will be announced May 1 during an awards ceremony at the Walker House, 121 N. San Dimas Ave., San Dimas.

Students interested in participating in the competition should contact their high school art teacher or Cheryl Lynn in Dreier's office at (909) 575-6226.

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