Lou Wegner: Kids Against Animal Cruelty

18-year-old actor and activist Lou Wegner is the founder of the national movement Kids Against Animal Cruelty. He currently lives and works in Southern California. NSP: What you are most passionate about? LW: I am most passionate about spreading awareness to my generation to be pet-responsible. I was devastated to learn that 4 to 6 million … [Read more...]

Mikayla Hocker: Camp Ford Helps Teens Grow as Leaders

This past July, 14-year-old  Mikayla Hocker attended Camp Ford, a week-long outdoor leadership camp for teens who are starting their freshman year at Siskiyou County high schools. The camp is a collaboration of four partners: The Ford Family Foundation, Siskiyou Family YMCA, Rural Development Initiatives and Adventure White Water.  In 2014, the … [Read more...]

Some Like It Cold! – An Interview With Open Water Swimmer Hunter Wright

Open water swimmer Hunter Wright recently turned 17. He trains in the challenging waters of the San Francisco Bay; to date he has completed 20 Alcatraz crossings and 8 Golden Gate Bridge swims. He also trains in frigid lake waters in upper CA, closer to his hometown of Redding.  It’s not uncommon for Hunter  to swim in temperatures ranging from … [Read more...]

Along Came a Playhouse

As a whole, being given the opportunity to design a playhouse and work with local nonprofit Caring Choices’ Recreation and Dreams for Kids with Cancer Program (RAD) and other local Chico businesses was a pleasant experience. Designing the playhouse gave me the opportunity to put my architecture knowledge of to work. During this process I was also … [Read more...]