The Antelope Valley Wellbeing Coalition, which began in September 2021 to learn wellbeing science as a strategy to co-create innovative solutions to the region’s health and economic challenges, held a celebration ceremony for its first graduating cohort on April 28.

Thirty-five Antelope Valley residents were presented Certificates in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) by Louis Alloro and Dr. Talma Schultz of The Wellbeing Lab, who led the program and helped build an alliance of everyday citizens and local organizations working towards a common goal of creating more wellbeing in the region. 

“Wellbeing is our ability to feel good, struggle well, and function effectively, even through challenging times,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “Congratulations to all the graduates of this first cohort which is addressing important needs here in the Antelope Valley. Their commitment of time to the program and what they’re already doing through their outreach is having a positive and powerful impact that is improving the lives of so many and uplifting our community.”

Several capstone projects from the inaugural class have already been executed, including:

•  A Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans — A community event featuring 1960s inspired music and food to thank and help Vietnam Veterans feel like heroes. 

•  A Healing Garden – Phase 2 of the Welcome Home for Veterans project is a healing garden, which broke ground at Living Stone Cathedral in Littlerock on April 23.

•  The You Women Matter Event — for unhoused women in the Antelope Valley to experience a state of wellbeing, enjoy a meal, hygiene and styling, plus receive counseling and connectivity to resources to restore them physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and financially.

•  The Zen Academy — A weekly workshop for fifth- through eighth-grade students at Los Amigos School that focuses on managing emotions, learning positive coping skills, working on social skills, and building positive relationships.

For more information on partnering with the Coalition, contact Nardy Lopez at (661) 267-5177 or nlopez@cityofpalmdale.org.

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