Ojai Youth Foundation celebrating its 20th anniversary

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Photo courtesy of OVYF
Some members of the first Ojai Valley Youth Foundation staff in 1997 (front row from left) include Elena Hall, Severo Lara, Tammy Ireta, Blake Perdue, Terri Mitchel, (back row from left) Samantha Salmons, Caryn Bosson, Suzie Nixon, Steve Lehman, Blake Kasemeier.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
A homegrown youth organization that’s affected the lives of thousands of Ojai Valley teenagers will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December.
The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation (OVYF) was created in 1997 to implement the Ojai Valley Youth Master Plan, commissioned in 1996 by Mayor Steve Olsen and Ojai City Manager Andy Belknap.
“The Youth Master Plan outlined how to foster a safe and nurturing community for young people and promote the positive interaction among youth and adults,” stated the organization’s first executive director, Caryn Bosson.
It came at a time when California was pushing cities to offer more positive after-school opportunities for teens.

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