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‘A vicious cycle’: Bullying in school can be in person, online

Bullying can happen anywhere. And with smartphones and social media, cyberbullying can also take place at any time.

It’s a fast-growing problem nationwide and in Nevada County, affecting at least one of every five — and likely more — teens, according to multiple reports.

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Original song and music video by Bright Futures for Youth teens details risk of cigarettes, vaping as part of county tobacco use prevention campaign

Nine teens involved in Bright Futures for Youth programs have written and recorded an original song and music video with a message about addiction and the dangers of cigarettes and vaping.

The song, Love and Dreams, is part of the Tobacco Use Prevention Campaign by the Nevada County Public Health Department.

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Nevada County Cinderella Project joins Bright Futures for Youth

Bright Futures for Youth has taken over the Nevada County Cinderella Project, a nonprofit that provides free dresses, gowns, suits tuxedos and other formal clothes for high school students for proms and other special events.

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Gordon Sakaue: One volunteer, many tasks

Retired math teacher-turned-rather busy volunteer Gordon Sakaue has become a critical go-to guy, filling in anywhere – and everywhere – needed for Bright Futures for Youth.

Driver. Tutor. Handyman.

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How would you like to lower your tax bill, donate to BFFY – without writing a check to the IRS?

Maybe you bought shares of Apple or Tesla?

Now, those shares can help pave the way for a better future for children and young adults in Nevada County. And help you avoid a big tax bite.

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As the need for social services soars, Bright Futures for Youth increases efforts to help

Bright Futures has greatly expanded social-service outreach efforts the past few years, ensuring that children and youth get what they need, from access to health care to food and housing.

The demand for social services has increased across all three Bright Futures for Youth Programs – The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE.

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First-ever SAFE Program Manager says homelessness is a hard to see, but growing challenge for the community

Christian “Cash” Beall knows firsthand the experience of being homeless.

The couch surfing. Food insecurity. The never-ending uncertainty. He lived through it and grew wise from the struggle.

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Bright Futures for Youth’s SAFE program awarded $937,000 grant to help children and young adults experiencing homelessness

The three-year grant and community donations will expand outreach and case management to help address fast-growing challenge in Nevada County

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Bullying and cyberbullying have a far-reaching effect on teens in Nevada County

Local experts detail the problem and how schools, parents and students can work together.

Bullying can happen anywhere. And with smartphones and social media, cyberbullying can also take place at any time.

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Jennifer Singer

Community Investing in our Future

Celebrating again! Looking out at the 300 smiling faces at the Power of the Purse brought me such joy.

People laughing, chatting, catching up, giving long-overdue hugs, then listening, learning, weeping, and finally resolve.

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