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Bright Futures for Youth is honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to our organization! Now through June, vote for Bright Futures for Youth through the […]

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NEO Program Director Halli Ellis-Edwards receives Women of Persistence Award

NEO Program Director Halli Ellis-Edwards was honored Wednesday (March 20) with the Women’s Caucus of the League of California Cities’ Women of Persistence Award. The annual award celebrates women who have persisted in their efforts for equality, change, growth and improvement in their respective communities. Grass Valley Mayor Jan Arbuckle, former President of the California […]

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Bright Futures For Youth’s Nevada County Cinderella Project Moves. Grand Opening Saturday, Feb. 24, At Sammie’s Nifty Thrift Shop, Grass Valley

Bright Futures for Youth’s Nevada County Cinderella Project – an organization that provides free dresses, tuxedos and other formal clothes for proms and special events to middle and high school students and younger college students – has moved to a space inside Sammie’s Nifty Thrift Shop at 535 E. Main St. in Grass Valley. A grand opening is noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

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Job Corps Program Internships Available

Bright Futures for Youth is looking for a NEO Program Assistant.

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Lights, camera … NEO Youth Center

Check out the highlights of the grand opening of the new NEO Youth Center on October 26. Food, fun, games and even a dance party were part of the celebration of the first-ever youth center of its kind in Nevada County.

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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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HOG 2022

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 Volunteers

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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