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Support the Creative Arts for Kids–Santa Barbara Teen News Network Looking for Local Business Support

Local businesses and individuals can help keep young creative voices alive in Santa Barbara by sponsoring a teen in the program

The cast of Santa Barbara Teen News Network celebrates

August 3, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA— What do teens here in Santa Barbara need to succeed as adults? They need opportunities to build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills.

Unfortunately with an ongoing budget crisis, local students are suffering from the cuts in activities—especially in the arts.

With the help of the Santa Barbara community, Santa Barbara Teen News Network, the exciting media arts program from nonprofit Patricia Henley Foundation, can continue to support and encourage the creative voices of local youth.

Santa Barbara Teen News Network (sbTNN) was created especially to fill this gap by providing local youth with opportunities to express themselves through media arts while developing self-esteem, passion, teamwork, and communication, technical and leadership skills.

These characteristics will prepare them for opportunities to succeed as adults in their lives and careers – and help encourage these young creative voices in our community today. The same characteristics businesses would encourage to be successful.

sbTNN is available for interested Santa Barbara Teens and the program is provided to them completely free of charge. And, as a nonprofit, sbTNN operates completely independently from state budget considerations or tax dollars.

sbTNN is a fast-paced, upbeat 30 minute weekly TV show produced for and by local teens, reflecting the lifestyles, issues, creative expression and voice of teens in the community. sbTNN news and special events programming cover all of the positive ‘happenings’ in local schools and around town, including performing arts, sports, science, environment, trends, community service, movie reviews, and other hot topics – and even playing out mock trials. The cast of sbTNN rehearses and broadcasts live in the studios at Santa Barbara Channels. The show airs throughout the week on Channel 21 and online at

sbTNN is in need of a major financial boost to keep this unique and successful program running as it approaches its third exciting season.

sbTNN is turning to businesses and individuals in the community to support sbTNN through a creative sponsorship program with truly unique benefits (sponsorship benefits list can be printed at sbTNN’s Web site: sbTNN is seeking a modest sponsorship commitment of $500 to cover the cost of providing the program to one or more deserving local teens in the program.

With a minimum contribution of $500, companies can sponsor a teen in the sbTNN program for an entire season. To show its appreciation for the support, sbTNN will provide business sponsors with:

  • Inclusion in a press announcement of sponsorships
  • Recognition on
  • Recognition on show credits though out the year
  • Recognition in sbTNN newsletter
  • A special thank you plaque from the teen that you sponsor that can be displayed in the  business
  • Access to photos of the sbTNN cast and crew teens and write up for newsletters, Web sites and any other materials

For a sponsorship of $1,500 or more, sbTNN will include a five minute video feature of the sponsoring business that will air on sbTNN. sbTNN will also make the original video and an edited version for the business’ use available.

Please help keep young creative voices alive in Santa Barbara. Community support of our program will ensure quality creative arts activities for teens for years to come. Please contact sbTNN today at (805) 568-3600 ext. 114 to set up a sponsorship or for more information or make a donation on PayPal through

The sbTNN program is sponsored by the Patricia Henley Foundation and is free of charge to all 30 teens who are involved in the program each academic year, thanks to the support of donations from individuals and local business that sponsor a teen’s participation. For more information or to sponsor a teen, visit or call (805) 568-3600.

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