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NEO Youth Center – A Fun, Safe Place for Young People

NEO is a safe, supportive environment for youth in 6th-12th grade to spend their time after school, build friendships, learn new skills and discover their passion.

Youth can choose from a variety of activities such as art, music, video games, sports, ping-pong and so much more.

With lots of places to simply hang out, you can be yourself, let loose and have fun. Our staff is caring and compassionate and can’t wait to meet you! To learn more about New Events & Opportunities (NEO) and the many services we provide, keep scrolling. 

Location: 200 Litton Drive, Grass Valley
(first floor, back of building)
NEO Cell: 530-205-7369

Fill out registration form to attend. If parents aren’t currently using the Chrome browser to get to the Bright Futures for Youth website/NEO page, please switch over to Chrome and then click the link on the page to register.

Parent/guardian important Information (coming soon)

Summer Events
Please note that some events require registration in advance.

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Scroll down for chronological calendar listing.


GREAT Camp – Two, one-week leadership camps for 30 incoming 6th graders and incoming 7th and 8th graders run by NEO staff and Grass Valley police officers.

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View the weekly schedule below and click here for our calendar of activities.

High School Only
Jr. High & High School
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Jr. High & High School
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p.s. the Discord Server is mainly for youth to interact with each other and with staff, not for parents. We will not be posting major news or updates in there that won't also be on our Facebook and Instagram.

About NEO

Started in 2008 by two 19-year-old women, NEO provides New Events & Opportunities to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. NEO hosted more than 350 youth events in the community before opening doors to its first youth center in 2015. After five years serving more than 1,000 youth, NEO merged with The Friendship Club in 2020 to become a program under Bright Futures for Youth. The combined organization more effectively meets the needs of youth in the area while also leveraging and sharing resources.

The 3,700-square-foot NEO Youth Center is in the Litton Building located along with the many other Bright Futures for Youth programs. 

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NEO hosts fun activities and skill-building workshops for ages 18-25 to provide support during this transitional age. We create a sense of community and bring people together to laugh, play and offer guidance as they navigate life beyond high school. 

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As a youth-led organization, NEO teaches the value of service. Youth are seen as a key asset to our program’s success. Their leadership roles make a noticeable difference and impact. Youth can apply to be on our Leadership Team and are responsible for gathering peer input and feedback monthly. Together, we plan and implement program changes as well as activities and events. You can find the youth leaders volunteering at all our events. 

NEO also participates in Bitney Charter’s dynamic full-day internship program in which high school students work alongside NEO staff every Wednesday and gain real-world job experience. For the 2023-2024 school year, we have five Bitney interns.

NEO provides opportunities for all youth in our program to feel a sense of belonging and purpose in our local community by offering community service projects. As a team, we serve at other local nonprofit events and fundraisers and help those in need. We have fun, learn a lot and get to make a positive difference. 

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NEO’s youth-designed fashion show and Kenny Steel Student Showcases – a School of Rock-style event with 60 youth musicians – are just two of our crowd-pleasing Community Events. We also host teen sections at numerous events throughout the year, such as the Nevada County Fair and Thursday Night Markets.

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Rainbow Social, started in 2016, to ensure that LGBTQIA+ youth feel safe and welcome in the NEO Youth Center. This support group actively reaches out to the LGBTQIA+ youth community to let them know they are seen and loved. The get-together is a mix of fun social activities that promote protective factors to increase their health and well-being and help youth build friendships and self-esteem, as well as spending time with caring adults who listen without judgment.

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Our Nevada Union High School Club meets every Tuesday in the library during lunchtime to provide a safe space where students can be themselves, have fun and make friends. Snacks are provided weekly! 

Our outreach team also brings fun and engaging lunchtime activities to more than six middle schools and more than four high schools in the region. NEO assists school staff with creating a positive school culture and makes it easy for youth to feel supported by meeting them where they are.

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The summer camp, in partnership with the Grass Valley Police Department, serves 6-8th grade students and helps them develop leadership skills. Fun activities, field trips and team building are all part of the camp that aims to develop relationships and improve communication, decision-making, empathy and anger management skills.

Events Calendar

Click on the activity below to read more.

29aprAll Day03mayClosed due to Staff Development

06may4:00 pm6:30 pmHigh School Drop-In Hours

07may4:00 pm6:30 pmJr. High & High School Drop-In Hours

08may2:00 pm5:30 pmJr. High Drop-In Hours

09may4:00 pm6:30 pmJr. High & High School Drop-In Hours

10may4:00 pm6:30 pmHigh School Drop-In Hours

13may4:00 pm6:30 pmHigh School Drop-In Hours

13may4:30 pm6:00 pmStained Glass Workshop

14may4:00 pm6:30 pmJr. High & High School Drop-In Hours

14may4:30 pm6:00 pmSewing Workshop

15may2:00 pm5:30 pmJr. High Drop-In Hours

16may4:00 pm6:30 pmJr. High & High School Drop-In Hours

16may4:30 pm6:00 pmRainbow Social

17may4:30 pm6:00 pmStained Glass Workshop Part 2

17may4:30 pm6:30 pmFinal Smash Bros Tournament

20may4:00 pm6:30 pmHigh School Drop-In Hours

20may4:30 pm6:00 pmStained Glass Workshop Part 3

21may4:00 pm6:30 pmJr. High & High School Drop-In Hours

22may2:00 pm5:30 pmJr. High Drop-In Hours

23may2:00 pm5:30 pmJr. High Drop-In Hours

24may4:00 pm6:30 pmStained Glass Workshop Part 4

27mayAll Day31NEO Closed

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