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Volunteer Gordon

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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Piggy bank and calculator on white background. Savings and budget concept

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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SAFE director aurora packard and teen

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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Youth walking through woods

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 girl in blue blouse

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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