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Youth Organizations in Orange County, California

4-H Council of Orange County, California 
"The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development" Includes: American Riding Club, Mesa Goathill Go-Getters, Anaheim Y2 4H, Orange Acres Backbreakers, Bonanza Canyon Bobcats, Orange Villa Buckaroos, El Toro High Flyers, Ortega Rangers, Fountain Valley Cloverdales, Paws For Independence, Fullerton Feeders Breeders & Seeders, Rancho Capistrano Wranglers, Irvine Mesa Charros, Rancho Carrillo Roadrunners, Jordan Jaguars, SAUSD Migrant Education. La Habra Hilltoppers, Silverado Kanyon Kritters, Lake Forest Superstars, The Creators, Little Cottonwood Chart Toppers, Trabuco Trailblazers, Mark Twain Steamers, Yorba Linda Cloverleaf, Yorba Linda Kountry Kultivators  Costa Mesa
All-American Boys Chorus 
"THE ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHORUS has performed to standing ovations all over the world, including Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev in Russia; Bucharest, Sibiu and Iasi in Romania; Vienna and Salzburg in Austria; Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome in Italy; Grachen and Zermatt in Switzerland; Friesing and Erlangen in Germany; and the eight largest cities in Japan. The Chorusís most recent overseas concert tour, extending nearly a month during summer 2002, saw them performing in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Korea and Beijing. Factor in 33 previous concert tours to various provinces of Canada and the U.S., and itís clear that members of The All-American Boys Chorus are true musical ambassadors. Among the Chorusís TV credits are commercials for Mazda, TWA and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The AABC has appeared with entertainers and artists such as Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Victor Borge, Della Reese, Melissa Manchester and Mary Hart. It also has shared the stage with noted statesmen, industrialists and celebrities. Among them are former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Bush; former chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany; plus Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Gen. Colin Powell (now Secretary of State), Henry Kissinger, Lee Iacocca and Walter Cronkite."  Costa Mesa
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 
"The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation makes grants to non-profit research institutions to promote research in chemistry and the life sciences, broadly interpreted, and particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open up new avenues of research in science. The Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences.... Established in 1997, The Beckman Scholars Program is an invited program for accredited universities and four-year colleges in the United States. It provides scholarships that contribute significantly in advancing the education, research training and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences. The sustained, in-depth undergraduate research experiences and comprehensive faculty mentoring are unique in terms of program scope, content and level of scholarship awards ($17,600 for two summers and one academic year)." See also Arnold O. Beckman, Ph.D., Beckman Coulter, Inc., Heritage Exhibit, Beckman @ Science.  Irvine
Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. 
"Our Mission: To offer Art & Creativity for Healing painting classes and workshops free of charge to children and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief or stress on-site at hospitals, treatment centers and non-profit facilities. Art & Creativity for Healing... Located in Laguna Niguel, Calif., this innovative organization offers unique classes and workshops that help children, teens and adults suffering from abuse, illness, grief or stress process their feelings using the venue of painting on canvas. It is only through the generosity of foundations, corporate and private donors that Art & Creativity for Healing continues to grow and flourish in its service to the community."  Laguna Niguel
Beckman @ Science 
"Our children's future will be filled with incredible, advanced technologies -- the likes of which we can only dream of today. And it is highly likely that many of these new technologies will be discovered or developed right here in Orange County. Science literacy, therefore, will no longer be an advantage, but an absolute necessity for success. The goal of Beckman @ Science is to prepare Orange County's children for tomorrow's world by making science a core subject throughout their entire elementary school education. The Beckman @ Science program was established through a generous grant from The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, with a primary purpose of assisting Orange County elementary schools in the enhancement of science education. This funding will stimulate schools to teach science as a core subject in grades K-6, so that a passion for scientific exploration can be passed on to a new generation of curious minds. For many it will be the beginning of a lifelong affinity for things scientific. For others, it will be a wondrous start to a life dedicated to extending the boundaries of science and technology. The program operates in five main domains: (1) Providing professional development for elementary, K-6 teachers (2) Offering materials support for teachers using science kits (3) Working with individual school districts through our incentive grants program (4) Evaluating the success of the program and student achievement (5) Educating the community about the need for science education through community outreach" See also Arnold O. Beckman, Ph.D., Beckman Coulter, Inc., Heritage Exhibit, The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation.  Irvine
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of OC 
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County has been helping disadvantaged, high-risk boys and girls in Orange County make the difficult transition into adulthood for more than forty-six years. There are currently over 150 children in our community who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister; they are desperate for that special person to enter their lives and make a difference. In the last 10 years, we have served over 13,000 at-risk children in Orange County and have seen amazing changes take place in their lives."  Tustin
Blue Angels Youth Ski & Snowboard Program 
"The Blue Angels is a unique program giving todays youth the opportunity to experience the thrill of snowboarding and skiing in a supportive, friend-filled atmosphere. Please select from the links to the right to learn everything you want to know about the Winter 2004 Program: Who, When, Where, and How. Our five-Saturday comprehensive program encourages participants not only to have fun, but also to develop lasting friendships with their chaperones, instructors and classmates. Small groups led by professional instructors teach mountain safety and techniques to all levels from beginners to experts. The Blue Angels Program Includes: Round-trip luxury bus transportation 5 all-day lift tickets 5 Saturdays of professional instruction (9:30am-3:30pm) Adult supervision on & off the slopes Lunch Snowboard/ski helmet from ProTec Discounts on ski/snowboard rental equipment " Buses run out of Sport Chalet in Mission Viejo, Tustin Market Place, Stefan Kaelin Ski & Golf in Newport Beach, Target in Seal Beach and Target in Fullerton.  Del Mar
Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove 
"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove have been providing positive places for children to go during non-school hours, particularly when there is no adult at home, since 1956 --- long before the word 'latchkey' became a part of our vocabulary! As a leader in programs for youth, we were among the very first to extend our hours and days of service to directly accommodate working parents. We were also among the first to provide transportation to and from schools on a day-to-day basis. Currently, we administer five school-age centers year-round: Boys and Girls Club, Edgar Branch, Stanford Branch, Patton Branch, and Clinton Branch. These sites serve more than 1,200 boys and girls (5 -17 years old) every day, from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. During the summer and school holidays, most children are with us at least 9 hours each day. Evening and weekend activities are provided for teens. Our Family Campus, provides licensed toddler and preschool childcare and school readiness for more than 112 children daily, as well as enrichment programs, computer center and a Family Resource Library. Families can also come to us when they are in crisis, through our Family and Youth Outreach services located at Garden Groveís Juvenile Justice Center and the Truancy Reduction Center at Hare High School. These programs are designed to accommodate the special needs of our community, offering a referral program, truancy reduction services, parent education classes, family support, juvenile offender education, drug education, and individual and family counseling."  Garden Grove, Santa Ana
Casa Youth Shelter 
"Casa Youth Shelter's mission is to provide temporary shelter and counseling services to runaways and youth in crisis, enabling them to come through the crisis with increased personal strength and a sense of renewal while in a supportive environment, with family reunification as the primary goal. * Casa is one of only 2 youth shelters serving the Greater Long Beach Metropolitan area as well as one of only 2 in Orange County. * Casa has 12 beds and provides shelter to approximately 200 youth per year. * Casa provides temporary shelter for up to 2 weeks to adolescents, ages 12-17, who are runaway, homeless, or at risk of becoming runaway or homeless. * Many of the youths who come to Casa have suffered from abuse. Last fiscal year we filed child abuse reports on behalf of kids who were physically abused (50%), sexually abused (17%), and who suffered from neglect or abandonment (20%). * A primary goal at Casa is to help each child reunite with family if such reunification will not threaten the safety of the child. To help accomplish this goal, Casa utilizes an extensive counseling program that includes 3-4 sessions of family therapy each week as well as 2-3 sessions of group counseling and/or educational classes each day. * After Care family counseling is provided, ideally for 2-3 months following a child's departure from the shelter. * Parenting classes are also provided to the parents of residents as well as to the community at large. * Casa hosts a youth leadership program for high school students. This program is called Youth Development Program (YDP)"  Los Alamitos
Fun with Chalk Children's Creative Festival 
"Fun With Chalk is a unique festive celebration of the heart, mind, and creative spirit. Thousands of visitors are captivated annually by one of America's most fun Festivals! Incredible images are created directly on asphalt, by artists, using their enormous talent, and chalk. Yes, chalk! The entire parking lot of the Norman Murray Community Center is transformed into a canvas of hundreds of images, some recreations of famous masterpieces, and others original creations of incredible design and color. The Childrens Creative Festivals, producers of Fun With Chalk, is an all - volunteer organization of people who care deeply about children and art, and who work and plan all-year round to bring a first class event to the community."  Mission Viejo
Girls Incorporatedģ 
"Our Mission: Girls Incorporatedģ of Orange County is committed to helping girls develop the values and skills they need to become confident, productive and responsible adults. "  Costa Mesa
Mensa - Orange County Chapter 
"What does Orange County Mensa really do? Mostly, we share with each other. We do this through monthly open houses and other social activities, and through monthly newsletters. We love thinking and learning new things, so when we can, we'll get speakers on any ol' topic - constitutional law, developments in genetics, you name it - and spend the evening expanding our minds. Our Speaker's Forums are open to the public. Maybe even before the Internet had them, Mensa had its 'Special Interest Groups' (SIGs). A lot of the events posted in the calendar are SIG activities: SIG interests can range completely all the way from the ridiculous to the sublime. Eight Ball? Blood donors? Classical music? Orange County Mensa has them. Mensa holds many 'Regional Gatherings' through the year, weekends where we'll convene at some hotel or other and spend the weekend doing what we enjoy most, sharing and learning (and eating and drinking and playing games and going to parties and...). In Orange County, we generally hold ours sometime in August. It's our group's big event of the year. We support gifted children programs, education in general, and through the national group, research into the phenomenon of human intelligence." Regular meetings include: 1st Wednesday 8-Ball Brigade - A happy hour where some (but not necessarily all) play pool. Meets first Wednesday of the month (except holidays) at Danny K's in Orange. 1st Friday Beerhunters - A movable beer feast. We visit a different brewpub on the 1st Friday of each month. Socializing, eating & drinking. 2nd Friday Happy Hour - Actually does meet on the 2nd Friday. Socializing, eating & drinking with friendly and distinguished group. 2nd Saturday Good Movies - We see "art films." We decide on the movie in front of the theater. After, we get a bite to eat, and share impressions. 3rd Friday at Hollingshead's - Actually does meet on the 3rd Friday. Socializing, eating & drinking at friendly neighborhood joint."  
Mozart for Teens 
A service of Mozart Classical Orchestra. "Mozart for Teens is an outreach program specifically designed to enhance the musical education of area teenagers. For many years, underwriting of this program has provided MCO concert tickets to Orange County high school instrumental music students free of charge. The Orchestra has traditionally covered 80% of the average cost of $30 per ticket, and generous community donors have helped to sponsor the balance of the ticket cost. Hundreds of tickets are distributed annually through school district art coordinators, and through school music instructors and principals. Through this program, students of all backgrounds have an opportunity to experience first hand a professional concert in an intimate setting. The second MCO educational program, Mozart on the Move, is a unique outreach that brings the expertise of music professionals directly to schools and senior centers. The program was first introduced in 1985 with ten lectures at Santa Ana High School. Its essence is a 60-minute lecture presented by Music Director Ami Porat interspersed with members of the Orchestra performing demonstrations on musicianship and technique, presenting audio recordings and concert video footage, and conducting question and answer sessions. The audience will able to meet and interact directly with the Maestro Porat, an opportunity not often available with other orchestras. Based on the success of these programs, the Orchestra expects to provide improved music education and outreach programs as the size and strength of the performance season grows. The MCO also anticipates increased awareness and audience participation, assets that will be reinvested in the Mozart Classical Orchestra through the proliferation of the chamber orchestra art form for years to come. If you would like your school to be included as an active venue for our Mozart on the Move program or if you would like to be a participant in the Mozart for Teens educational outreach please contact us..."  
NoŽl Janis-Norton L.A. 
A London nanny for your OC children! Seminars and private home visits. "Itís true ó parents agree. Parenting can be calmer, easier and happier. Learn the skills at one of NoŽl Janis-Nortonís parent education seminars. The positive parenting techniques NoŽl teaches in this seminar will prove invaluable to your family. Youíll learn why reminding, repeating and nagging donít work to gain cooperation and discover what does work and how to do it with proven techniques that are respectful of your children. Rather than presenting theory, NoŽlís popular seminars focus on teaching parents practical skills that truly make family life calmer, easier and happier. This seminar is a must for parents who want to learn positive parenting strategies that help their children become more cooperative, confident and self-reliant. We highly encourage both parents to attend this seminar together." According to the OC Register - "A former teacher in New York City, she said she developed her theories by watching the best teachers and how they could calmly control a crowd of students. Soon she was giving advice to teachers. Then parents began coming to her for advice. She's written several books for teachers and parents.... She moved to London and established The Learning Center, where parents and children learn how to get along. She comes to California three times a year for seminars and home visits."  Pasadena
"Renezans is a non-profit arts organization run by teenagers and dedicated to the talents of Orange County high school students. Its mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration among innovative individuals. Through the small and independent publication of its monthly zine, Renezans serves creative teenagers involved with visual and/or performing arts in an attempt to define a generation of art and culture."  
SCR Education & Outreach Programs 
South Coast Repertory's education and outreach arm, which includes a great theatre conservatory program: ďSouth Coast Repertory, Orange Countyís Tony Award-winning theatre, offers 14 professional productions on two stages every year. In addition, the professionalism of South Coast Repertory carries through to its Theatre Conservatory, which offers acting classes for all ages and levels. The Youth and Teen Program has weekly classes offered throughout the school year in fall, winter and spring sessions that bring the creative process to life for kids ages 8-17, with performance opportunities for advanced students. The Summer Theatre Workshop is perfect for beginning students, ages 8-17. Students enjoy two fun-filled weeks of classes in acting, improvisation, movement and more that allow them to unlock their creative imaginations. The Adult Program (students 18 and older) has an extensive slate of classes, taught by top professionals, designed for both career-minded professionals and people interested in personal growth and development. The Professional Intensive Program is a nationally renowned eight-week summer program for serious acting students 18 and over (accepted by audition only). The program puts the finishing touches on training for careers in theatre, film and television. The classes are held at our theatre: South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. More information can be found on our website or by calling the education department at 714-708-5577.Ē  Costa Mesa
Tiger Woods Foundation 
"Through personal enrichment programs, scholarships, direct grants, junior golf clinics and the new Tiger Woods Learning Center, the Foundation is helping millions of children reach their dreams.... For example, Start Something has reached more than 2.5 million participants since its launch in 2000. We also began building construction on the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC) - our 35,000-square-foot education facility that will benefit thousands of Southern California children."  Los Alamitos
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