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Aera named Corporate Hero of the Year

Ventura Police Community Foundation notes Aera’s commitment to community and longtime support of youth after-school programs

Every year, Ventura residents nominate their local heroes for the Ventura Community Police Foundation’s Heroes Among Us Celebration. This year, they chose Aera as its corporate hero.

Ventura Police Chief Darin Schindler (center) poses for a picture with representatives from Aera, the police department and the Ventura Police Community Foundation to announce Aera’s selection as Corporate Hero of the Year

The foundation will present its Corporate Hero Award to Aera at the celebration in November for its positive, inspirational, committed impact and strong partnership with law enforcement.

Aera provided the seed money for the Ventura Police Department to start its Police Activities League more than 20 years ago, promoting involvement between youth, police, and citizens of the city of Ventura. Kids are encouraged to take part in sports, academics, education, and recreational enrichment activities to keep them busy, off the streets and participating in positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and criminal behavior. The Ventura Police Community Foundation renamed the program the Youth Activities League when it took over the program.

“As a young officer working out here on Ventura Avenue in the nineties, it looked much different than it is today. Quite often we had shootings, we had young kids walking around intimidating people and carrying weapons,” said Ventura Police Chief Darin Schindler. “Without Aera’s financial support, which went directly to help fund after-school programs in partnership with the city of Ventura and Ventura Unified School District, and the great people helping us work through some of our operational needs, we could not do what we’ve done with youth in our community.”

Aera continues to support the Youth Activities League every year to help amplify the impact the program makes to keep kids busy and off the streets.

“Aera is passionate about building stronger communities and neighborhoods everywhere we operate,” said Amy Fonzo, external affairs advisor at Aera-Ventura. “By supporting after-school programs, we’re helping ensure that our city’s youth understand the role of public safety which begins a cycle of bonding and trust that help instill confidence and steer kids away from negative influences.”

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