The Friendship Club has helped almost 1,000 girls since starting in 1995. Our comprehensive, long-term program is open to youth who are female, identifying as female and gender non-conforming between the ages of 10 and 18 and provides assistance into their 20s as they transition to adulthood. The Friendship Club serves more than 100 youth every year, providing year-round academic, social and emotional support in individual and group settings – and ensuring basic needs, such as access to health care and healthy meals, are available.
Much has changed during the past 25 years, but our commitment has never been stronger.
Our programs are offered at no cost to youth or their families. We provide youth with continued opportunities for connection, education and support to create a strong foundation and overcome obstacles. Our youth’s needs are greater than ever, from anxiety and depression to family trauma and isolation.
From the Founder of The Friendship Club
“When I founded The Friendship Club in 1995 as a grassroots program serving girls in our rural county, I could only dream that the organization would be where it is today. Without the help of the community it never would have happened. Now Bright Futures for Youth will have a broader positive impact, changing the lives of girls and boys in Nevada County. What began as a small program to help girls stay in school has seen the community come together to ensure our youth reach their potential to lead healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.”
— Mary Collier