Youth & Education Committee

Mission Statement:

"The mission of this Committee shall be to interface with and negotiate with public and private schools, the City of Los Angeles, businesses and developers on matters concerning the education, recreation and general general welfare of the youth who reside in or use the facilities located within the boundaries of West Hills."

Current members:

  • Aida Abkarians -- Chair
  • Kim Koerber (Community Stakeholder)
  • Francine Rubin (Community Stakeholder)
  • Henlie Sakamoto (Community Stakeholder)
  • Joan Trent
  • Brad Vanderhoof

Recorded Meetings:

November 2022 -- CLICK HERE (Hybrid public Zoom meeting and invitation only meeting at Pomelo Elementary)
October 2022 -- CLICK HERE
September 2022 -- CLICK HERE
May 2022 -- CLICK HERE
April 2022 -- CLICK HERE
September 2021 -- CLICK HERE
August 2021 -- CLICK HERE

News & Initiatives:

Former Highlander Road Elementary:

The West Hills Neighborhood Council is committed to keeping our community updated on the demolition of the former Highlander Road School. Visit our Highlander Road School Demolition Update Page, where you can find the latest information from the Los Angeles Unified School District ranging from the demolition itself to other potential activities on site.

Neighborhood Purpose Grant (NPG):

(NPGs) is a program that the City of Los Angeles established as a means to allow public schools and 501 C(3)’s (not-for-profit corporations) in a community apply directly to their Neighborhood Councils to fund projects of benefit to the community. To apply for an NPG a public school or non-religiously affiliated nonprofit entity needs first to have a specific program that requires funding, and needs to do a bit of paperwork. For more information and to find the relevant paperwork,
          NC Information Package CLICK HERE
          Application Instrucions CLICK HERE
          Neighorhood Purpose Grant Application CLICK HERE
          Completion Application CLICK HERE

The following WHNC Education Committee members are the dedicated liaisons for each West Hills school. These members are available to you in case you encounter difficulty or have any questions about filling out your NPG application.
Capistrano Ave. Elementary School -- Joan Trent
Enadia Way TEC (Technology Enriched Charter) -- Stephen and Sandi Bell
Justice Academy Charter -- Steve Randall
Hamlin Academy -- Stephen and Sandi Bell
Haynes Charter -- Aida Abkarians
Nevada Elementary School -- Tariq El-Atrache
Pomelo Community Charter -- Aida Abkarians
Welby Way Charter School -- Aida Abkarians

Teacher Recognition Program:

Each year, the Youth & Education Committee salutes educators whose dedication and educational contributions extend above and beyond the call of duty. The honorees are selected by their faculty and staff peers in a process that followed an extensive survey of neighborhood schools by the Education Committee under the leadership of Chair Aida Abkarians. The Youth and Education Committee is always open to ideas and suggestions to make West Hills' schools better and help their students become outstanding citizens. If you have any outstanding faculty, or staff that you would like see recoginzed, please contact our committee Chair.


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