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Connecting Youth To Life 
New Experiences,  New Opportunities

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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. 

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Community Involvement

Executive Director

Jamie Fleming

Kelly Ammerman - Assistant to Executive Director

Executive Board                              

Franci Nelson - President

Suzanne Feldman - Vice President

Erik Wilde - Secretary / Treasurer

Advisory Board

Jody Chapman - Creative Director

Robert Ornstein - Fundraising

Wendy Gillett 

Youth Foundation Guild

Joan Kemper

Wendy Dio

Cathy Cluff

Mike Guidano

Asunta Fleming

Community Advisors

TBA – Superintendent, OUSD

Trina Newman - Ojai Police Chief 

Dave Monson – Nordhoff High School Principal

Kelly Stone - Matilija Middle School Principal

Javier Ramirez - Chaparral High school Principal

Lyndon Thomas

Stephen Wagner

Robert Munic

Jayn Walter - Co-Executive Director, Help of Ojai

Barbara Haskins – Board President, Ojai Chamber 

                                       of Commerce


Connor Schryver – Bookkeeper



Youth Foundation Programs

Leadership Program   

BLINC Program

Girls Empowerment Workshop (Tobi Jo Greene)

Thrive (Tessa MaGill)                                             

Ripples Program - (Margaret Bungard)

Cooking Intro - Help of Ojai 

Robotics - (Carla)

Improv - (Robert Munic)

Life Skills

Music Magic (Nate Arling)

MLK Day Celebration (Kate Russell)

YES – Youth Employment Service (Franci Nelson)

Peak Experience – Outward Bound – Survival


Art Of Filmmaking (Josh Gobbell)

Youth Program Alliances

Casitas Rowing (Wendy Gillett)

Art – Ojai Studio Artists 

Green Valley Youth Program – Exploring the

         Environment (Tara Fay)

Humane Society – Animals - (Steve McCurry)

Ojai Police Department - Explorers Program

Ventura Actors Studio (Ojai) - Acting Workshops

          (Gina Nemo)

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