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Bright Futures For Youth Introduces New Website, Social Media Account

Bright Futures for Youth, the nonprofit organization formed with the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth (New Events and Opportunities) this past summer, has debuted its website and social media platforms – detailing a wide range of efforts and programs to help meet the increasing needs of youth in Nevada County.

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NEO March (event) madness: Learn how to keep the beat, capture a great pic or apply SFX makeup

Looking for fun activities, ways to connect with peers and the chance to improve or learn new skills? Check out our March activities, from high school and junior high hangouts to drumming and photography. And our Rainbow Social supports LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up-today.

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Distance Learning Center Helps Meet High-Speed Online Needs of Students

Bright Futures for Youth helped establish and manages the free Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub, which opened in mid-October 2020, provides educational services and supervision for students in Nevada County during the COVID pandemic and meets the subsequent health and safety requirements. The center offers high-speed internet access – important for online learning but difficult to get for many in rural areas.

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Distance Learning Center Opens at Fairgrounds

Jody Deaderick said it’s been difficult adjusting to the demands of distance learning this year. “I’m really thankful for this,” said Deaderick, a Camptonville resident, after dropping off her granddaughter Wednesday at the Distance Learning Center and Youth Hub on its first day. Ella Lock, a ninth grader at Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, has […]

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Bright Futures For Youth’s Friendship Club And NEO Programs To Supervise Distance Learning Center And Youth Hub At Nevada County Fairgrounds

Free breakfasts and lunches available for students; COVID safety guidelines will be followed Bright Futures for Youth will start providing much-needed internet access and supervision for students Monday, Oct. 26, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ Main Street Service Center as part of an agreement between the fairgrounds and Nevada County. Bright Futures for Youth is […]

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Invest in Nevada County youth for today … and tomorrow

Dear Friends, The COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place order is challenging youth – and all of us – in new ways, as we contend with isolation and uncertainty. For pre-teens to young adults with little control over their lives, this isolation can lead to dramatically increased anxiety, stress and despair – and the need […]

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Merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Will Expand Nevada County Youth Services

The Friendship Club and NEO (New Events and Opportunities) have announced their merger, a step that will enhance their capacity to meet the ever-increasing needs of youth in Nevada County. “The merged organizations have similar efforts and goals, and we can help ensure stronger and more expansive support for youth during this important time in their lives,” said Jennifer Litton Singer, Executive Director of The Friendship Club.

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2020 Community Report

What started as a dream in the days before smartphones and social media has become a life-changing program for nearly 1,000 girls in western Nevada County. Times have changed, but the far-reaching goal of The Friendship Club remains the same – a preventative program aimed at helping youth maintain good health and make good choices […]

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KNCO Helps us Celebrate our Graduates

Grad Night celebration on KNCO, discussing our organization and how we are affecting the lives of our nine grads. Meet our graduates and listen to their life-changing stories.

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Local Mentor Helps TFC Address Youth Homelessness

Terence K. McAteer: A retiree who locally changes lives for at-risk youth Terence K. McAteer Columnist Many people retire to Nevada County for the life of leisure; not Tom Cross. Tom, a former Vice President of AT&T and PacBell who oversaw Northern California telephone operations, found a beautiful retirement home in Lake Wildwood and his […]

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