Nordhoff Jr. & Sr. High School
New Experiences, New Opportunities
Enriching XTRA programs for junior and senior high school students in the Ojai Valley that support student interests and skills outside the classroom. These programs are community led and in partnership with local adults and organizations in order to foster a better and healthier Ojai community for all.*
*Occasional weekend activities
Founded in 1997, the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation has introduced hundreds of young people to the core values of personal development built on the principles of INTEGRITY, LEADERSHIP, RESILIENCY, CHARITY, and most importantly FRIENDSHIP.
The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation connects young people to educational programming and mentors to help develop their life skills building self-confidence, self-worth and self-esteem.
Currently, the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation is providing after-school programming for junior high and high school students at Nordhoff School. (See the Programs Tab for more information regarding the many enriching programs being offered this year)
Last Spring, the Youth Foundation hosted its annual LEADERSHIP PROGRAM. Students met with the Ojai Chief of Police, visited the Ventura County Humane Society's facility, worked with Ojai's C.R.E.W. on a environmental land restoration project, took a hike above the Ojai Valley and more experiences during the six week program.
The Youth Foundation also participated in Ojai's annual 4th of July parade! Everyone had so much fun together.
The Youth Foundation along with the Ojai Chamber of Commerce hosted 2 events to support the Ventura County Humane Society. Many dogs were adopted!!!
Narconon Ojai presented its second donation check to the Youth Foundation during Narconon's annual golf tournament. Narconon's annual support is greatly appreciated!
The Youth Foundation hosted its An Evening of Country Music fundraiser to a supportive, sold-out crowd who were entertained by local singers backed by a great country band. Thank you for all of the support!
Kelly Ammerman - Assistant to Exec. Dir.
Franci Nelson - President
Suzanne Feldman - Vice President
Erik Wilde - Secretary / Treasurer
Youth Foundation Guild
Dr. Sherrill Knox – Superintendent, OUSD
Jim Halverson - OUSD School Board
Trina Newman - Ojai Police Chief
Dave Monson – Principal, Nordhoff
Junior High and High School
Jayn Walter - Co-Executive Director,
Help of Ojai
Barbara Haskins – Board President,
Ojai Chamber of Commerce
Fabian Padro - Executive Director,
Alex Mooney - Creative Director
Connor Schryver – Bookkeeper
Youth Foundation Programs
Car Design (Sean Scott)
Thrive (Tessa MaGill)
Ripples Program - (Margaret Bungard)
Cooking Intro - (chef Sandra Jones),
Organic Farming - (Cindy Kalmensen)
Marine Robotics & Ocean Exploration
Introduction To Flying
Auto Mechanics - Ojai Valley Imports
(JR & Rita Luna)
Improv - (Robert Munic)
Ojai Mandala Program (River Sauvageau)
Loud School of Rock (Nate Arling)
Taiko Drumming Workshop
MLK Day Celebration (Kate Russell)
YES – Youth Employment Service
Art of Filmmaking (Robert Munic,
College Campus Tours -
Youth Program Alliances
Casitas Rowing (Wendy Gillett)
Art – Ojai Studio Artists (Linda Taylor)
Green Valley Youth Program (Tara Fay)
Humane Society (Steve McCurry)
Ojai Police Department -
Ventura Actors Studio (Ojai) (Gina Nemo)
Surfclass (Chip & Kelly Bell)