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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 11/10/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

At 11, Gabriel Sanchez was already living on the streets. By 12, his attempts at survival had landed him in trouble with the law. By his 18th birthday, he would be incarcerated three times. Those statistics may describe Gabriel on paper, but they don’t come close to telling the story of a child faced with life-and-death decisions, when the hardest thing he should have been facing were his multiplication tables.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 10/13/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Although controversy has surrounded actress and activist Angelina Jolie during most of her career, her decision last year to submit to a voluntary double mastectomy may be one of the most debated. Jolie did not have breast cancer. Instead, she sought to prevent the disease from ever striking after discovering that she carried two gene mutations that could trigger breast cancer.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/29/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

At just 17, Elizabeth learned she was pregnant. At a time when her peers were daydreaming about prom dresses, Elizabeth struggled to take care of herself, let alone a baby. Although she lived with her mother and mother’s boyfriend, she feared for her safety and the welfare of her unborn child. 

Posted by: Nancy Nygren on 9/22/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

As the leader of an organization dedicated to empowering girls, I am heartened by the ads that have recently flooded facebook, twitter, and my email inbox. Companies are advocating for social change, and the issue they’re getting behind is girls.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/15/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Long before the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) opened in Costa Mesa in 1986, Orange County was known for our thriving creative community. We welcomed plein air artists, actors, opera singers and musicians to our iconic shorelines. And despite the distance from a major city, they made Orange County their home, laying the foundation for a creative economy and our county’s young identity..

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