Actress lending her talents to Ojai facility


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Erika Eleniak has been helping young people in a sober-living facility in Ojai.

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

When Erika Eleniak took a break from acting several years ago, she was determined to pursue her alternate passions of writing and teaching. Both endeavors proved fruitful. Her children's book, “What Do You Do, If You Lose Your Lalabaloo?” was published in 2013. Her position teaching drama at Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Acting Academy for Children and Young Adults, though, would open the door to yet another passion — that of helping children and young adults realize their potential in life. It was a door that would lead her to Ojai.

“Erika has such a gift for all these young adults,” said Kris Hart, administrator of Transitions Ojai, the sober-living home where Eleniak has conducted workshops once a month since January. “The work she does with them is really phenomenal.”

“My aim is to inspire and motivate, to help them realize how powerful they are and to help shore up their self esteem,” said Eleniak, who commutes to Ojai from her home in Thousand Oaks. “I want to go and offer some light and some joy.”

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