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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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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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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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Bright Futures for Youth’s SAFE program will count the number of youth experiencing homelessness in Nevada County from May 9-11

Accurate data on children and young adults experiencing housing instability is the key to additional funding and possibly more services – and to connect with more youth.

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Youth Development Coordinator One-year Paid Internship Available

Bright Futures for Youth is seeking a Youth Development Coordinator who enjoys supervising young people during after-school and summer programs. The position is a full-time, one-year paid internship.

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Career opportunity with a life-changing impact

Bright Futures for Youth is looking for an Office Manager, a critical position that helps oversee our day-to-day operations. Learn more and how to apply.

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Dignity Health supports BFFY

Dignity Health and its community hospital Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital have donated $43,000 to Bright Futures for Youth. Learn how we are going to put those much-appreciated dollars to work for our kids – and the community.

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Local Rotary Clubs provide $40,000 for NEO Youth Center

Nevada County’s four Rotary Clubs have donated a combined $40,000 for the new NEO Youth Center, a much-appreciated and deeply special gift for our organization. We cannot thank them enough for the donation that will be used for the Café section of the NEO Youth Center.

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