Established in 1995, The Friendship Club program is a year-around, long-term, comprehensive program that serves about 100 girls at-risk in sixth through twelfth grades. The girls come from all areas of western Nevada County. In 2019, The Friendship Club added the SAFE (Stability Access Foundation Empowerment) program for youth (boys and girls) experiencing homelessness. This is a three-year pilot program designed to support participating youth in an intensive year-round program that is individualized to their needs. This program supports youth in western Nevada County from the end of their junior year in high school through the completion of a Career Technical Education certificate or equivalent so that they can earn a living wage in support of self-sufficiency.
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 150 community members volunteer to help The Friendship Club accomplish its mission.
Board of Directors
“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