Author: Shelley Hoss

After-school programs have shown powerful results in keeping at-risk youth out of trouble in the afternoon. It’s known as the "witching hour," the school-is-out-but-parents-aren't-home-yet time between 3 p.m. and about 6 p.m. every weekday, when children as young as elementary-school age, may be unsupervised. A lot of...

Nearly half of Orange County’s students may head back to school with empty backpacks and unmet needs. We all remember—or experience with our children—the mixture of nerves and excitement that accompany the start of a new school year. First -day-of-school outfit? Carefully-chosen backpack? Pristine packages of school...

With an older-adult population explosion on the horizon, Orange County needs to be prepared to address a new set of challenges and needs. There is no denying it, as baby boomers age, they bring with them a population explosion previously unseen in modern times. The numbers...

Groups encourage responsibility in keeping the county's waters free of runoff. An ideal climate, 42 miles of coastline, hills, canyons, beaches -- these are just some of Orange County’s natural allure. But these characteristics aren’t just great real estate selling points; they are integral to the...

Family violence breaks the deepest bonds of children’s trust, but there is hope through healing. Family violence can happen to anyone. Relationship violence touches one out of every five people in California, and nationwide the figure for women is one in four, according to a 2012...

Anaheim's mayor thinks city's success lies in establishing key core values. In November 2010, when Tom Tait was elected mayor of Anaheim, his campaign focused on bringing "kindness and freedom" to one of California's largest cities.  After 10 years on Anaheim City Council, Tait felt he knew...

Arts education has been severely compromised to the detriment of creative thinking and the strength of our current and future workforce.  It’s no secret that budget cuts have decimated arts education programs in public schools-- and in low-income schools in particular. But it turns out that...

Proactively addressing mental health issues for children can be the game-changer of a lifetime. Mental health. Just the words can strike apprehension and worry, especially for parents who fear their child may be suffering from a mental or emotional condition. But this shouldn't be the case....