“I loved the field trips. The museums were so inspiring. On one trip, the ropes course was terrifying, but I completed it. I was so proud of myself.”
Ojai Studio Artists Present
Discovering The World Of Art
The OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS organization will be providing opportunities for youth to become exposed to art through their membership of top artists in the community. Youth will have the opportunity to visit galleries, artist studios and to learn about many of the different disciplines of art.
The Empowerment Workshop
A 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.
This Youth Program focuses on the basics of starting and running your own business. Information will include determining what business venture to start including product development and learning how to research the industry and competition. Basics in managing money and marketing will also be covered.
Thrive Wellness Workshop
Nature-based workshops take place within Ojai Valley, and camping trips are at Channel Islands National Park and Los Padres National Forest. Groups embark on hikes, and engage in a variety of discussion topics like: self-care, anxiety, healthy coping skills, social struggles and shared experiences.
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, team building activities, and conversations to share perspective and insight with one another. Limited space is available for LP. Email us with questions or referrals.
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.
Cooking With A Flourish
FLOURISH OF OJAI offers classes in the basics of learning how to cook in their beautiful venue's kitchen. Classes include developing menus, learning how to go to the market to get the ingredients for a meal and how to serve a meal.
Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration
Monday, January 16, 2023 10:00 A.M.
We are so grateful for the awesome job done each year by the youth committee celebrating MLK Jr. Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings and accomplishments.! The ceremonies each year take place downtown Ojai in the Fountain Plaza area of Libbey Park beginning at 10:00 A.M. in the morning.
10:00 Committee Welcome
10:05 Mayor Betsy Stix
10:15 Chumash Elder, Julie Tumamait
10:30 Singer, Waylan Tolmie (10 year old) & Ukulele Players
10:40 Musician, Santus Fairbanks (11 year old)
10:50 Essay winner - Jr High
10:55 Help of Ojai Tai Chi Teacher, Fred Chase
11:10 Help of Ojai Guitar Teacher,Ray Sullivan
11:20 Singer/Songwriter James Antunez
11:30 Essay winner - High School
11:35 Family of Musicians, Vaughn Montgomery & children
11:50 Teen Musician, Nakaya Mendoza
11:55 OUSD and the Family Fund, Javier Ramirez
12:00 Poets from Ventura County Poet Group
12:15 Choir from NHS with Mr Wagner
12:30 Dr. King's I Have A Dream Speech
12:40 Committee Thank you
LOVE AND CARE OF ANIMALS
The VENTURA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY offers programs and experiences designed for youth to learn about animals and the basic responsibilities of what it takes to care for them.
RIPPLES is an amazing cultural arts program! This year we will be collaborating with Ojai Studio Artists to provide exposure to the arts including art lessons in painting, drawing and more... plus field trips to art galleries and art studios.
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.
The Media Technology Alliance of the Ojai Valley will be providing through its high tech roster of members mini-seminars on many new technologies that are currently being developed in this fast paced industry.
CASITAS ROWING is an educational program with ongoing community instruction and training of youth in the art of rowing. Our purpose is to promote a lifetime appreciation of fitness, recreation, environmental awareness of issues surrounding Lake Casitas, and in particular, positive and wholesome development of our county’s youth.
ART OF FILMMAKING
This program is designed to cover the basics of filmmaking from developing a story, to storyboarding, to shooting the film, to editing a final version with sound.
ISLES OF MIST - Youth Story Tables
By using a simple set of dice and a collaborative narrative, Youth Story Tables sets you and your team on a curated mission into a world of magic and survival. It is one part improv theatre, one part collaborative storytelling, and one part board game.
Improve and enhance creative problem solving skills, morale, and team dynamics!
ACTOR TRAINING - FILM & TV
The Ojai Studio of the VENTURA ACTORS STUDIO will be offering high-level actor training workshops for TV and Film. Special focus will be placed on preparing for auditions.