As humanity recognizes the role of research and advancement in improving global health care and human wellbeing, renowned California entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kenny Slaught, acknowledges the importance of scientific innovations in addressing global development needs. Having taken a degree in business and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he has been on the UCSB Foundation Board of Trustees since 1996. Slaught recently honored the University via his blog at KennySlaught.com, as the notable institution was announced the Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner in May.

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The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation in 2015 supported the Girls Rock Santa Barbara initiative. Believing that music is a means to empower young women, Kenny Slaught understands this organization creates a supportive environment that fosters the development of self-confidence and creativity in youth. As part of the program, girls receive music lessons, engage in workshops, and perform live. They are encouraged to challenge typical gender stereotypes, collaborate amongst themselves, and learn tolerance. As such, Girls Rock Santa Barbara represents the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s emphasis on keeping music and the arts accessible to all.

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The Santa Barbara Bowl, the area’s large outdoor music venue, is working to make the arts available to the larger community via a number of education outreach initiatives. The foundation funds programs that help around 20,000 students each year through non-profit arts programs, individual artists, and local schools. Long-time supporter of community philanthropy, Santa Barbara-based property developer and investor, Kenny Slaught furthers these programs via his blog at KennySlaught.com.

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Hospice of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services to benefit individuals facing terminal and chronic illness, as well as their families. Several of the programs at the Hospice focus on the needs of children dealing with the impending or recent passing of a loved one. Explains Kenny Slaught, about one in five children experience the death of a loved one prior to turning 18, and one in 20 children faces the loss of one or both parents prior to reaching adulthood. Hospice of Santa Barbara seeks to provide people in this situation with free counseling through numerous paths, aiding individuals in coping with grief to avoid or mitigate depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Kenny Slaught explains that Hospice of Santa Barbara provides a compassionate care services both to individuals facing terminal and chronic illness, as well as their loved ones. Many of the programs at the organization are directed at the needs of children as they struggle with the impending or recent death of a close family member. About 20 percent of children experience the passing of a loved one before they turn 18, and one in 20 children must face the loss of one or both parents during their childhood. Hospice of Santa Barbara provides individuals in these situations with free support programs to help them cope with grief to avoid or mediate depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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