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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. 


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


Jody Chapman - Creative Director

Robert Ornstein - Fundraising

Amber Young Gay - Board Member

Wendy Gillett - Programs

Youth Foundation Guild

Joan Kemper

Wendy Dio

Cathy Cluff

Cheree Edwards

Mike Guidano

Asunta Fleming

Senior Community Advisors

Tiffany Morse – 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

Barbara Haskins – Board President, Ojai Chamber 

                                       of Commerce


Megan Havrda - Fundraising Director

Alice Bradley – Grant writer

Connor Schryver – Bookkeeper




Youth Foundation Programs

Leadership Program - High School Seniors 

         Weston Montgomery - Program Leader

BLINC Program

Girls Empowerment Workshop (Tobi Jo Greene)

Thrive (Tessa MaGill)                                             

Ripples Program

MLK Day Celebration (Kate Russell)

YES – Youth Employment Service (Franci Nelson)

Peak Experience – Outward Bound – Survival


Art Of Filmmaking (Josh Gobbell)

Art – Ojai Studio Artists 

Other Programs/Alliances

Casitas Rowing (Wendy Gillett)

Green Valley Youth Program – Exploring the

         Environment (Tara Fay)

Isles of Mist tabletop roleplaying game

         (Callie & Ashton MacSaylor)

Environmental Studies – Ojai Green Coalition

Humane Society – Animals - (Angie Sagliani)

Ojai Police Department - Explorers Program

Ventura Actors Studio (Ojai) - Acting Workshops

          (Gina Nemo)

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