Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration

Our biggest yearly community celebration on MLK Jr. Day is a youth-led communal event. Hundreds of folks joined us in Libbey Park on January 20, 2020, for our 20th annual celebration! A small and exceptional group of students hosted musicians, speakers and guests throughout the day, inspiring many with their service and kindness to others. Planning meetings for MLK Day 2021 will resume in summer 2020, on Nordhoff High School campus.

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The Empowerment Workshop

Girls Empowerment WorkshopA Community Program Dedicated to the Empowerment of Youth. Knowledge is Power. Educate. Our objective has remained the same over 15 years: for young people to value themselves and actively in charge of their lives. We facilitate programs year-round, in traditional classrooms and nature.
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BLINCAre you a 14-18 year-old teenager living in Ojai Valley, seeking something sweet to be a part of in town? If getting to know fellow high school youth from different schools in Ojai, enjoying good company, music and food, creating art and connecting with inspirational guests sounds like a good time to you, kindly join us for BLInc! Weekly meetings are from 3-5P on Wednesdays at Nordhoff High School.

Join us on March 4th, 2020 to learn and play Peace Sticks with founder and Ojai local, Shine Rilling!

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RipplesRIPPLES is an amazing cultural arts program! This unique opportunity is provided for local youth to experience beautiful and diverse cultures and natural habitats in our greater community. Participants enjoy field trips to Da Poetry Lounge and museums in Los Angeles, create art, go rock climbing and feast on excellent ethnic/local cuisine respective of where we venture.
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Teen Insight

Teen InsightOVYF scholarships available to teens interested in this amazing program offered in Santa Monica
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Teen Talk

One of the Youth Foundation’s biggest youth events where parents went to hear anonymously from their teens about issues in their lives. It was powerful, emotional and deeply honest. Another set to come in the Spring!
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Thrive Wellness Workshop

Nature-based weekly workshops take place within Ojai Valley, and camping trips are at Channel Islands National Park and Los Padres National Forest. Our groups embark on hikes and engage in a variety of discussion topics like self-care, anxiety, healthy coping skills, social struggles and shared experiences. Participants safely explore and enjoy the benefits of being in nature, while learning and practicing healthy coping skills, engage in mindful activities, and lessons in basic safety and respect for wild places and creatures.

Spring 2020 workshops and camping retreats for middle-school and high-school aged females will be announced shortly!

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Leadership Project

This program unites high school age students from various Ojai schools. Youth from an array of socioeconomic, religious and cultural backgrounds convene weekly to participate in values-based discussions, community service projects, public speaking and team-building activities, and to share knowledge and insight with one another. Limited space is available for LP 2020. Please inquire with questions or to refer youth.

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YES- Youth Employment Services

We serve as a liaison between employers and youth in Ojai Valley. Local proprietors and residents contact us with requests for long and short employment opportunities, and we connect them with 15-18 year old students seeking experience. Successful placements include but are not limited to: special event help, child care, yard work, home organization project assistance, and computer assistance for small businesses.

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  • Kenzie and Gus

    MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration 2020, Youth planning meetings are happening now!

    Ojai youth are excited to host the 20th annual MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration in Libbey Park, on Monday January 20, 2020. We are proud and honored to support students serving on the MLK Day Committee. If you’re interested in joining the exceptional crew of students, you can find them meeting weekly on Wednesdays from 3-4P on Nordhoff HS campus. (Email us for exact location) To learn more about our past event, visit HERE!

  • OVYF Ripples Program ROCKS

    OVYF is planning another great RIPPLES program, starting this Fall! Last year’s participants went rock climbing with Trails By Potter, hit up a slam poetry night at Da Poetry Lounge in West Hollywood, and created art with local Ojai artists. Read more on the RIPPLES page…


  • BLinc Graduation

    BLINC Program Starts October 16, 2019

    BLINC is a beloved OVYF program, ran weekly throughout the school year, that brings high school students together with a diverse and open group where the individual can express oneself and truly be heard. More on the BLINC page…