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VAP mentor Mary Pat Gleason presents her acting partner, Fernando, age nine, with the Brave Heart Award. Photo by Leigh Curran

VAP mentor Mary Pat Gleason presents her acting partner, Fernando, age nine, with the Brave Heart Award. Photo by Leigh Curran

:: "When I was a kid, VAP was a magical place that allowed me to be myself. Now, I continue to carry a piece of that magic wherever I go." -VAP alumnus Alfonso Garcia 

At the end of the retreat in Ojai, kids and adults give each other awards that have to do with their inner qualities and unexpected growth.