2015 saw the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation support the Girls Rock Santa Barbara program. Kenny Slaught believes that music is a means to empower young girls, and is therefore convinced the organization creates a supportive environment fostering the development of self-esteem and creativity in kids. Participants take music lessons, partake in workshops, and give performances. They challenge typical gender stereotypes, work with each other, and practice tolerance. Girls Rock Santa Barbara is a perfect representation of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s emphasis on making music and the arts accessible to everyone.

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The annual symposium allows teachers, musicians, charitable donors, and local not-for-profits to visit with students and members of the community to discuss the state of arts education in Santa Barbara. This important program provides the foundation for creating better, more productive programs in the future. More education outreach initiatives include collecting instruments for needy students, grants to community programs that wish to benefit from the resources at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and scholarships for college students studying the performing arts. The foundation also funds a children’s program at Cottage Hospital and many in-school and after-school programs, particularly in neighborhoods affected by the concert season at the Santa Barbara Bowl. The Notes for Notes program aims to provide students with free instruments and music lessons, and a large volunteer committee facilitates this education outreach, notes Kenny Slaught.

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Both individuals facing death and their loved ones have to deal with anticipatory grief as the unavoidable draws near, notes Kenny Slaught. He notes an unmatched level of professionalism and compassion that the dedicated staff of Hospice of Santa Barbara has demonstrated to help loved ones and those with terminal illness confront and handle this grief in constructive ways so that they can enjoy their final days together with minimal stress and anxiety. Facing this grief directly can boost communication between loved ones and allow for saying what needs to be said and achieving a sense of closure, which can ease the grieving process after the loss occurs.

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Continued supporter of outreach initiatives, Santa Barbara-based entrepreneur and leading force in the real estate sector, Kenny Slaught gladly embraces Hospice of Santa Barbara’s various initiatives aimed at helping those who suffered hardship in their lives to learn to experience joy and meaningfulness again through empathy and self-care. In keeping with his intentions as a visionary philanthropist, he advocates for the Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Anticipatory Grief Services program and continues to educate the broader public about the importance of social support, particularly for people who have experienced the loss of those closest to them. With this goal, Slaught recently promoted these programs on his blog, available at KennySlaught.com.

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Kenny Slaught recognizes that many families depend on the hospice and their counseling and support services. Regularly, the hospice offers individual, group, and family counseling sessions free of charge. These helpful programs deal with a variety of issues regarding traumatic loss while emphasizing the various aspects of emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being that are critical for those in these situations. For individuals who cannot attend the center, the hospice offers counseling sessions at many other safe locations within the community. Research has proven that those attending counseling sessions early in the grieving process can greatly reduce their risk of unresolved grief manifesting down the road. Additional research has found that counselors specializing in matters related to loss and grief are more effective at helping those who have experienced a traumatic event than general mental health practitioners.

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Hospice of Santa Barbara serves not just for those facing terminal and chronic illness, but also provides support to their families. Many of the programs at the organization are built for children struggling with the impending or recent passing of a family member. Kenny Slaught notes that about 20 percent of children experience the death of a loved one prior to turning 18, and one in 20 children suffer the death of one or both parents before prior to adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara has been working to provide individuals in these situations with compassionate care via numerous programs to help these individuals cope with grief, so they can avoid or mitigate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Kenny Slaught recognizes that many families depend on the hospice and their counseling and support services. Regularly, the hospice offers individual, group, and family counseling sessions free of charge. These helpful programs deal with a variety of issues regarding traumatic loss while emphasizing the various aspects of emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being that are critical for those in these situations. For individuals who cannot attend the center, the hospice offers counseling sessions at many other safe locations within the community. Research has proven that those attending counseling sessions early in the grieving process can greatly reduce their risk of unresolved grief manifesting down the road. Additional research has found that counselors specializing in matters related to loss and grief are more effective at helping those who have experienced a traumatic event than general mental health practitioners.

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Renowned philanthropist, business leader and real estate investor, Kenny Slaught has dedicated himself to helping less fortunate citizens and organizations in his community. In keeping with his long-time philosophy as a leading charitable activist, he advocates for the Hospice of Santa Barbara and one of its many outreach-centered initiatives -counseling and support services. As he works to increase public awareness of how important outreach support can be, particularly for those who have working through the loss of their beloved ones, Slaught has recently promoted these initiatives on his blog at KennySlaught.com.

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Kenny Slaught supports Hospice of Santa Barbara efforts to provide wide range of services, not only for those facing terminal and chronic illness, but also for their families. Many of the organization’s initiatives focus on the needs of children as they process the impending or recent passing of a family member. Around 20 percent of children suffer the death of a loved one prior to turning 18, and one in 20 children sees the loss of one or both parents before they reach adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara seeks to provide those in these situations with free mentorship through numerous programs. This support helps children cope with their grief to avoid or alleviate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Youth who experience a close loss can feel alone and overwhelmed, with many acting out as teenagers and engaging in risky behaviors, such as substance abuse or self-mutilation. The I Have a Friend program shows them that they can overcome their grief and pain in a better way, and go on to lead fulfilling, happy lives, just as the adult volunteers have. Kenny Slaught explains that these volunteers teach them the importance of open communication while working to help program participants become more resilient.

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