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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BLINCBuilding Lives, Inc.  is for 14-18 year-old teenagers living in Ojai Valley, who are seeking something sweet to be a part of after school. Youth gather with fellow high school students to enjoy good company, play music and peace sticks, create art, and connect with inspirational humans.

Weekly meetings will resume once OUSD schools are open again. Wednesdays, 3-5PM at Nordhoff High School.

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RipplesRIPPLES is an amazing cultural arts program! This year, we are collaborating with Learning to See to provide experiential art workshops and artist tours. Space is limited to twelve Ojai Valley youth. *This spring program is postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are still signing youth up. We will share new dates once we are able to gather together again.

Past RIPPLES participants enjoyed field trips to Da Poetry Lounge and museums in Los Angeles, eating ethnic cuisine, creating art, rock climbing in beautiful Ojai, and sharing and celebrating the diverse cultures in our greater community.
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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 are taking place online, and/or being postponed for the time being. We look forward to venturing outdoors together when it is safe and appropriate to gather in groups again.

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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 in autumn, 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

    Thank You for Attending MLK Jr. Day, Community Celebration 2020!

    We are so grateful for the awesome youth on the 2020 MLK Jr. Day Committee! A small group planned and hosted the 20th annual MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020. Julie Tumamait, a beloved Chumash elder, brightened everyone’s day with a beautiful blessing and opening ceremony. Several classes of young kids captivated and entertained the audience with songs and a play; teen students from Villanova and Ventura inspired and enlightened with powerful poetry and spoken word. Beloved local musicians Perla Batalla, Allan Thornhill, Martin Young, and John Espinoza played glorious music for all to enjoy. Susan Pelfrey, a chosen family member of the Kings, shared personal stories about Dr. King and his family. Youngsters and elders played Peace Sticks together in Libbey park, and kids got their faces painted by Ventura Interact. Lastly, King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech played loudly from speakers, his voice and energy omnipresent and uplifting for all who were downtown.

    Tentatively, committee meetings will resume on Wednesdays starting in summer, 2020, on Nordhoff HS Campus (Email us for exact location). To learn about our 2019 event, visit HERE!

  • OVYF Ripples Program ROCKS

    OVYF is planning another great RIPPLES program. This year, in partnership with Learning to See, we invite a dozen youth to join us for a series of experiential art workshops and local artist tours. Space is limited for this free program; please contact us to be notified when we reschedule and we are free to gather together again. 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

    Building Lives, Inc. Postponed Until Future Notice

    BLINC is a beloved OVYF program that brings Ojai youth together weekly throughout the school year. High-school students from across the Valley are welcome to join us for good company, to play Peace Sticks, and enjoy music and food– all free, as always. Once school resumes, we will convene on Wednesdays at Nordhoff HS, from 3-5P. Feel free to call or email with questions.

    More on the BLINC page…