Building Lives Inc. (BLINC)

Building Lives INC.

Building Lives INC.To Empower, Inspire, and Connect


BLINC started out as a ten week program bringing students together from all backgrounds to share insights, work through struggles, and feel supported in their journey.

Today, nearly a decade has past, an BLINC has grown into a truly unique program open to all high school aged students in the Ojai Valley. Most recently Aaron Gardner, educator and poet, lead the group with weekly meetings involving food, friends, writing, sharing, and listening.

OVYF is currently seeking a new facilitator with a vision for this beloved program (Aaron has taken a full-time position at Oak Grove School in their middle school, congrats Aaron!) Contact OVYF Board President Franci Nelson with questions at 805.889.2200

BLINC was traditionally broken down into 3 themes: Character Building/Empowerment, Vocational Training/Role Models, Storytelling/Goal Setting. The first hour of every night is used as an Open Mic Forum where those who feel comfortable can read personal pieces of writing or perform songs. The second hour features a writing activity or guest speaker, group activities, and/or questions. Mentors have ranged from passionate business owners to young professionals to free spirits that have traveled the world learning.

Those that come to BLINC gain self-confidence, a deeper understanding of their potential, and a different approach to establishing and accomplishing goals. According to program facilitator Aaron Gardner: “BLINC is a place to find your voice and be heard, to express yourself without fear or judgement, to manifest your beauty and power through words, and to find a community of young people who support you.”

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