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Organization Profile

Bright Futures for Youth - a merger of NEO & The Friendship Club

Bright Futures for Youth is a nonprofit created in 2020 by the merger of The Friendship Club and NEO Youth Center. 



The Friendship Club (TFC) was founded in 1995 and provides a comprehensive, year-round, long-term program aimed at engaging, empowering and educating youth at-risk in grades 6-12 and beyond as they transition into adulthood.

TFC focuses on building resilience in our youth and developing their strengths using positive youth development, and has six impact areas to help youth grow into happy, healthy adults: Health and Wellness, Self-Awareness, Goal Setting, Self-Sufficiency, Healthy Relationships, and Community Connectedness.

The Friendship Club offers two programs currently:
(1) The Friendship Club Program founded in 1995 that serves girls in 6-12 grade and beyond in the alumni program. There is an after school program during the school year and a comprehensive summer enrichment program with camps and clinics around various interest areas. Girls are grouped into cohorts by grade level and stay with their group until they graduate high school. Participation is free, as are all the activities, field trips, and camps. Nutritious meals are provided every time girls are with us.
(2) The SAFE (Stability, Access, Foundation, Empowerment) Program was created in 2019 to help alleviate homelessness among teenage youth of all gender orientations. This program helps youth ages 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness get educational, as well as social and emotional support as they transition into adulthood. For more information about the SAFE program, contact Aurora Packard at (530) 265-4311 x208 or

NEO is an innovative grassroots nonprofit youth center and youth empowerment program. NEO was founded by two nineteen-year olds in 2008 and hosted over 350 teen led events throughout western Nevada County before opening our Youth Center in 2015.
We serve youth and young adults between the ages on 11-25 years old.

NEO provides events and opportunities for youth in a safe environment that encourages success and community health. Offers youth leadership team and volunteer opportunities. Offers suicide prevention resources.

Original Volunteer Hub organization description for The Friendship Club:

The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round, long-term program aimed at helping empower and educate youth who face challenges of poverty, abuse and trauma between the ages of 10 and 18 and provides assistance into their 20s as they transition into adulthood. Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club serves about 125 youth at a time, guiding them to a bright future by focusing on six areas: health and wellness, healthy relationships, goal setting, self-awareness, self-sufficiency and community connectedness. Based in Nevada County, Friendship Club is expanding to help alleviate homelessness among teenage boys and girls and provide mental health counseling on-site. The kids stand a chance: The Friendship Club acquires $100,000 grant to aid homeless youth in the county

Children & Youth
Families, Homeless, Low-income Communities
Grass Valley, CA, 95945