Alum-founded Aviation Nonprofit Launches New High School Education Program

A Different Point of View (ADPOV), the award-winning aviation nonprofit founded by AUSB alumna Lynn Houston, is proud to announce the launch of its first Aviation 101 & Leadership Program at La Cuesta Continuation High School.

The six-week course taught to junior and senior high school students includes introductions to aviation workforce opportunities as well as lessons in aerodynamics, aircraft mechanics, pilot communication, and leadership training.

Aviation 101 & Leadership Program students from La Cuesta Continuation High School group photo in front of plane and other images taken while at the airport.

CEO Lynn Houston, a graduate of AUSB’s MBA and BA in Liberal Studies program, said, “It is extremely rewarding for us to be able to teach aviation and leadership training to the wonderful students at La Cuesta. We were very excited when Elise Simmons, principal of La Cuesta High School, approved our course.”

To give the first class of student pilots more hands-on training, ADPOV has invited them to a special one-day Aviation Career Program on March 26 at Santa Barbara Airport. The day will include professional flight lessons, full motion simulator training, an aircraft maintenance workshop, and self-awareness and leadership training.

For the last five years ADPOV has offered a summer Aviation Career Program as well as Discovery Days and year-round mentoring for students throughout Santa Barbara County with special focus on diverse and “at promise” youth. These new events for La Cuesta students are part of ADPOV’s growing outreach.

Thanks to recent grants from the Williams-Corbett Foundation, Arkay Foundation, and individual donors Karen Kahn and Judy Ricker, ADPOV will expand its three-day Aviation Career Program to run from July 9 to 11 and again from August 11 to 13. A new addition to this year’s summer program will include drone training for all student pilots, thanks to the generous donation of a DJI Phantom 4 “smart” camera drone by long-time supporter Margaret Mead. “As an aviation career-based nonprofit, offering this new workforce opportunity should prove very exciting for our incoming students,” said Mike Linhart, ADPOV board president.

Source: Thanks to ADOPV and Lynn Houston for sharing this great news with the Antioch University community!

A Different Point of View is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit: Our mission is to engage, inspire and transform youth using flight lessons as their launching pad. Through aviation education and mentoring, we show them a world they’ve never seen before. Our vision is to expand their consciousness and the way they see the world by giving them different points of view. The goal of ADPOV is to empower youth to lead a full and meaningful life.

ADPOV offers the following opportunities to youth ages 14 through 21 in Santa Barbara County: Aviation Career Programs; Aviation 101 & Leadership Program; Discovery Days; and Mentoring. Interested parents, youth, high schools or other nonprofits should call (805) 698-6784 or go to for further information.

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