The Friendship Club Helps Girls at Risk
The idea for The Friendship Club came from Mary Collier, the director of a mentoring program in a local school district serving younger disadvantaged children. Mary recognized that the teenage girls who had become too old to be eligible for the program were coming to her asking for continuing guidance and support. In answer to those needs, Mary, Jennifer Litton Singer and Amanda Chavez began The Friendship Club as a week-long summer program with fifteen girls in 1995.
The Friendship Club has grown to a year-around program that serves one hundred girls in sixth through twelfth grades. The girls come from all areas of western Nevada County. The work of The Friendship Club is strongly supported by the local community. Most of the funding comes from individuals and businesses in the area. Over two hundred community members volunteer to help The Friendship Club accomplish its mission.
“We are not going to know these girls just through high school, they will be part of our community and a part of our lives forever.”
Bill Riddle, Community Volunteer