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Bright Futures for Youth Held Grand Opening of New NEO Youth Center on Litton Hill as Part of Lights on After School Celebration on Oct. 26

$500,000 Capital Campaign-funded Youth Center includes a café, music room, small stage and game area. Several hundred youth every year will develop friendships and learn new skills at the NEO Youth Center.

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2023 Heart of Gold Gravel Race Festival: Vendors, Food, Live Music and More

Saturday, Oct. 7, 12-4 p.m. Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City Hundreds of experienced bike riders – many from the Bay Area and Southern California – will compete in the third annual Heart of Gold, which starts and finishes at the Rood Center. Whether you are competing, supporting a rider or just enjoy a […]

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Some helpful tips for making the school year a success

Students are returning to school, and the often-lazy days of summer will be replaced with the almost-always busy days of school. Students will face busy schedules and stress as they deal with classes, homework, tests, sports, clubs, after-school events and even drama (uh, the emotional kind, not the performing arts version). How can parents make […]

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SAFE: A grassroots program that helps hundreds of young people experiencing homelessness in Nevada County continues to grow

Homelessness among children and young adults is a fast-growing but often hard-to-identify issue in Nevada County. More young people are couch-surfing with family members or friends, crashing in hotels, sleeping in a vehicle, or maybe even staying in a shed or trailer without electricity or plumbing – not just living on the street, the all-too […]

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SAFE donor and volunteer Linda Campbell: ‘Look at what you can do to help a young person’s life’

SAFE advocate and supporter Linda Campbell knows the clock is ticking when it comes to children and young adults experiencing homelessness. Every week – and, in some cases, every day – matters. A lot. “If we don’t catch them now, they may be homeless forever,” she says of her efforts and those of others to […]

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The SAFE program helped young mother get prenatal care and find housing

Bouncing between motels and escaping an abusive relationship, “G” was dealing with hard-to-imagine challenges and much uncertainty.  Until she learned about Bright Futures for Youth’s SAFE program. “It’s quite hard to put into words,” says “G” of her experience being homeless for several months. “It was difficult. It had so many ups and downs.” One […]

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Eight Young Women Graduate From The Friendship Club

Bright Futures for Youth program helps teens and young women connect, develop new skills, overcome challenges, and receive services when needed. Anxiety, bullying, evolving friendships, hard-to-meet expectations, peer pressure, social media – and, of course, school. It has never been more difficult being a teen. But through hard work, working together and the help of […]

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More Than 400 Students Will Attend Bright Futures For Youth Camps this Summer

As students anxiously watch the calendar and parents soon face the far-too-frequent refrain “I’m bored” for a few months, it is critical to remember the ever-increasing importance of summer break. The break allows children to reboot and families to reconnect, whether they are hitting a favorite swimming hole, going to a movie, or taking a […]

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Volunteer Ellen Sommers

Ellen Sommers: Retired Educator Has Become a Valuable Volunteer With Bright Futures for Youth

Retired high school counselor and teacher Ellen Sommers knows the value of after-school programs, connecting with young people and investing in the next generation.  “I was taught as a child the importance of volunteering,” says Sommers, who volunteers about 16 hours per month for Bright Futures for Youth.  She started volunteering with Bright Futures for […]

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Neo Rendering

Bright Futures for Youth reaches 95% of $500,000 capital campaign for the NEO Youth Center

We are close to the finish line for NEO Youth Center, slated to open in the early fall thanks to a grant from the Del E. Webb Foundation and community support.

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