Founded in 1995 in Nevada County, the Friendship Club is a prevention program designed to reach at-risk girls before they engage in unhealthy behaviors. They teach the girls life skills, personal responsibility and the value of hard work through a year-around program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement.
Executive Director of the Friendship Club, Jennifer Singer says this is the time of year that they recruit new members.
Girls are typically referred to the Friendship Club by middle school teachers and counselors and sometimes family members. There are currently 70 girls in the club and some of them have signed on for leadership development and later this month will put on a Spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Grass Valley Veterans Building.
They are responsible for buying cooking and serving the food and finding raffle prizes. Singer says they’ve gained some experience as servers for American Legion events.
Singer says The Friendship Club receives no public funding and is supported by the generosity of the community and private grants. The Leadership Council is looking for sponsors and raffle prizes for their Spaghetti Fundraiser Friday April 18th from 5 to 8 pm at the Grass Valley Veterans Building. Tickets are $7 in advance $10 at the door. They will also fix meals to go. Buy tickets at the Friendship Club website.