Be sure to check North State Parent magazine’s monthly events calendar to find out about great activities for youth and teens! For horse-related groups, see section Animals: Equine.
4-H Million Trees Project / Trees for the 3rd Grade. Teen Laura Webber founded 4HMT to inspire 4-H youth to plant 1 million trees to slow global climate change. She has enlisted 162,238 members to date, with over 1,274,538 trees planted. Trees for the 3rd Grade is a national service-learning project to teach The National Wildlife Federation age-appropriate Trees for the 21st Century curriculum to approximately 3.1 million U.S. third graders annually. http://www.4hmilliontrees.org.
4-H Youth Development Program. National program for youth ages 5-19. Opportunities to build confidence, learn responsibility, make friends, share interests, develop life-long skills, & make a difference in the community. Activities & projects range from building robots to raising rabbits, from designing web pages to landscape design, to hiking, interior design, astronomy, dance & much more. Website: 4h.ucanr.edu.
- Butte County: (530) 538-7201.
- Glenn County: (530) 865-1100
- Shasta County: (530) 224-4900.
- Siskiyou County: (530) 842-2711.
- Tehama County: (530) 527-3101.
Boy Scouts of America. Provides boys & young men an opportunity to try new things, serve others, & build self-confidence, character & citizenship. Ages 7-17: Cub Scouts (ages 7-10); Boy Scouts (ages 11-17); Venturing program (ages 14-21). http://www.scouting.org.
Butte, Glenn, Shasta & Tehama Counties contact Golden Empire Council, http://www.gec-bsa.org; (800) 427-1417 or (916) 929-1417. Siskiyu County contact Crater Lake Council, http://www.craterlakecouncil.org; (800) 888-1273. NorCal Scout Shop: 3881 Benatar Way, Ste. D, Chico. (530) 809-0400.
FosterClub; Online. Geared especially for youth, this website is a hub of information relating to foster care. It includes articles written by young people, foster care Q & A’s, message boards, contests, & biographies of famous people who grew up in foster care. It’s interactive & available 24/7. http://www.FosterClub.com.
Frontier Girls Clubs. National program for girls grades pre-K-12. Participants work on projects that include art, technology, home, health & fitness, the outdoors, agriculture, community service & more. Participants can earn over 1,200 badges. Instills values of loyalty, faith & innovation. Headquarters based in Cottonwood, CA. http://www.frontiergirlsclubs.com. (530) 524-8799.
Girl Scouts of Northern California. Girl-driven program for ages 5-17yrs. Builds leadership skills, courage, confidence & character though discovering, connecting & taking action. http://www.gsnorcal.org. (800) 447-4475.
- Butte County: (530) 343-1904.
- Glenn County: (530) 528-8655.
- Shasta & Siskiyou Counties: (530) 221-6180.
- Tehama County: (530) 528-8655.
North State Symphony For Youth; Chico, Redding & Red Bluff. Look for special performances of North State Symphony geared especially for young children. Typically scheduled in March. northstatesymphony.org.
North State Wilderness Teams; Butte & Tehama Counties. Offers backpacking adventures to teens, including those who otherwise might never get to visit a National Park. Shows youth & teens the treasures found in our national parks, especially Lassen Volcanic National Park. Participants learn how to live comfortably & safely in the backcountry without ever leaving signs they were there. Kids have fun & get to see some pretty cool things! Info: http://www.wildernessteam.com.
One Circle Foundation. Structured support groups for children, teens & adults. Circles are held in an emotionally safe environment. Counteracts negative social & interpersonal forces & fosters personal & collective strengths & positive connections. Includes Girls Circles & The Council for Boys & Young Men. Find out about local programs: onecirclefoundation.org. (415) 419-5119.
Rainbow Girls. International organization giving young women ages 8-20 a rainbow of opportunities. Promotes leadership, encourages service, builds character, develops friendships – all while having fun. National: http://www.gorainbow.org. California Grand Assembly: http://www.gocarainbow.org; (559) 226-0738.
- Chico-Paradise: firstname.lastname@example.org; (530) 624-9795.
- Red Bluff: email@example.com.
- Redding: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley. Enhances the development of boys & girls
by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness & belonging. Wide variety of activities & programs provide a positive place to learn & grow while having fun. https://www.bgcnv.org. Main office at 601 Wall St., Chico. (530) 899-0335.
- Chico Ostrander Clubhouse (Grades 1-6): 601 Wall St. (530) 899-0335.
- Chico Teen Center (Jr. High-High School): 628 Wall St. (530) 899-0335.
- Oroville Teen Center (Jr. High-High School): 2959 Lower Wyandotte Rd. (530) 533-3067.
- Paradise Teen Center (Jr. High-High School): 6241 Skyway. (530) 872-3662.
Girls on the Run®; Butte County. A nation-wide life-changing character development program for girls in grades 3-8. Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy & confident. Follows a curriculum that creatively integrates running to teach life skills & a lifelong appreciation for health & fitness. http://www.gotrbuttecounty.org. (530) 636-0786.
Girls Who Code; Chico. Offers free computer science education to 6th-12th grade girls. Girls meet weekly and learn to make apps, games & web sites. Helps members get access to internships & jobs. http://www.gocodechico.com. Held at varying locations. (530) 388-5552.
Play Chess with Teen Volunteers; Chico. Learn to play chess & improve your game. For youth up to ages 17. Teen volunteers coach. Tuesdays 3-5pm during the school year; summer sessions depend on volunteer availability. Free. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. (530) 891-2726.
Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP); Chico. Offers programs that help young adults ages 18-27 turn their entrepreneurial ideas & dreams into reality. A program of the Butte College Small Business Development Center. http://www.buttecollegesbdc.com. (530) 895-9017.
Child & Teen Grief Support Groups; Redding. For children & teens grieving any death loss. Closed groups, no-cost; pre-reg required. Groups run in five-week series on an as-needed basis. http://www.dignityhealth.org/mercy-redding. (530) 245-4070.
Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley; serving Shasta & Tehama Counties. See Tehama Co. listing below.
King’s Brotherhood Boys Club; Redding. Weekly club for boys ages 8-15. Promotes positive attitude, healthy mind & body, & builds leadership & teamwork skills as well as self-worth. Activities include sports, computer lab, snacks & much more. Free. Martin Luther King Jr., Multicultural Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530) 225-4375.
Positively Girls Club!; Redding. Girls ages 6 & up make new friends, learn new things, & grow positively. Weekly club offers a supporting environment for girls to get to know each other & their community through talking, fun activities & field trips. Free. Martin Luther King Jr., Multicultural Center, 1815 Sheridan St. (530) 225-4375.
Shasta College SCI*FI Foster Youth Program; Redding. SCI*FI (Shasta College Inspiring and Fostering Independence) is an educational support program for college students who are current or former foster youth. Offers support & resource information to students transitioning out of foster care, including info about financial assistance & health care. Offers a SCI*FI lab room, weekly workshops, academic support, & individual mentoring to help to students succeed in college & life. http://www.shastacollege.edu/Student Services/SCI-FI (530) 242-7549.
Sibshops; Redding. Offers peer support & education to siblings of children with special health, mental health & developmental needs. Siblings have fun, socialize & share coping strategies. Meets monthly (typically Sat or Sun). http://www.rfnc.org. Rowell Family Empowerment, 962 Maraglia St. (530) 226-5129.
Teen Advisory Board; Redding. Teens are invited to join the Redding Library Teen Advisory Board. Members help choose books, & give their input for fun activities & library policies that affect teens. Meets twice monthly year-round. Free, application required. Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. (530) 245-7253.
Youth Entrepreneurship Program; Redding. Offers business assistance, workshops & events that encourage youth entrepreneurship. Geared for ages 14-27. Shasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail. http://www.shastadsn.com (530) 242-7627
Children’s Book Club; Mt. Shasta. Children ages 9 & up discuss a book the group is reading, & enjoy related activities including creating art & writing. After-school club happens during the school year. Free. Mt. Shasta Library, 515 East Alma St. (530) 926-2031.
Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley; serving Shasta & Tehama Counties. For girls ages 6-18. Offers workshops, groups & camps that inspire girls to be strong, smart & bold. Research-based educational curriculum, resources & support. Works with community leaders & advocates. http://www.girlsincnsv.org. 1890 Park Marina Dr. Ste. 219, Redding. (530) 527-7767.