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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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Power of the Purse raises funds, encourages supporters to increase monthly contributions

More than 300 community members and supporters attended Bright for Youth’s Power of the Purse recent fundraiser.

The much-anticipated and major fundraiser had been canceled because of COVID during the past two years.

It was great to get together and see so many familiar faces, longtime supporters of our efforts and mission, and many who learned about us for the first time.

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Jan Arbuckle presents Jennifer Singer Women of Persistence Award

Bright Futures for Youth Executive Director Singer receives Women of Persistence Award

Bright Futures for Youth Executive Director Jennifer Singer was recently honored with the Women’s Caucus of the California League of Cities’ Women of Persistence Award.

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BFFY group at Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade

Bright Futures for Youth at Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade

Ah, the annual Mardi Gras parade in Nevada City. So much fun, and it was great to see so many people out Sunday. Many thanks to everyone who participated. Bright Futures for Youth staff and youth handed out goodie bags with candy, orange beads (the color of our logo) and information about our organization, including The Friendship Club, NEO and SAFE.

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Survey that counts those experiencing homelessness will expand to include children and young adults

The Youth Action Board of Nevada County Regional Continuum of Care – a collaborative partnership with Bright Futures for Youth’s SAFE program, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, United Way of Nevada County and other organizations – will hold six events in the community to connect with youth to determine where they slept on the night of Feb. 23.

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‘A significant and growing need’: Bright Futures for Youth receives state grant, set to expand services for homeless youth

Local youth nonprofit Bright Futures for Youth announced this week that it secured a $937,000 grant from The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. The money will primarily be used for a program dedicated to finding and helping children and young adults faced with housing insecurity in the community.

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Original song and music video by Bright Futures for Youth teens details risk of smoking cigarettes, vaping as part of Nevada County Public Health Tobacco 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.

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SAFE Director Aurora Packard and teen

Bright Futures for Youth Awarded $937,000 Grant for SAFE Program That Helps Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Bright Futures for Youth has received a $937,000 state grant from The Center at Sierra Health Foundation to expand outreach and case management efforts for youth experiencing homelessness, a fast-growing and often hard-to-see problem in Nevada County.

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Nevada County Cinderella Project joins Bright Futures for Youth

The Nevada County Cinderella Project, a nonprofit that provides free dresses, gowns and attire to high school students for proms and other special events, has become part of Bright Futures for Youth.

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