Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Humboldt County
Friday Night Live Partnership

Humboldt County, California, USA
908 7th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Tel:  (707) 441-5572
Fax: (707) 268-0415

Friday Night Live - Youth Programs Mission Statement:
Friday Night Live/Club Live/Friday Night Live Kids Programs build partnerships for positive and healthy youth development which engage youth as active leaders and resources in their community.

FNL Core Components

The core components of all Friday Night Live Programs are:

Outreach ~ bring people together and identify additional people who can join and contribute to the Friday Night Live Partnership.

Chapters ~ provide young people with a group to belong to and from which they can organize their efforts.  Chapters give the FNL partnership identity and foundation.

Skill Development ~ provides young people with skills that will help them take action and get things done.

Opportunities ~ give young people a place to act, get involved and make a difference.

Friday Night Live/Club Live/FNL Kids/FNL Mentoring

Operating Principles

FNL/CL/FNL Kids/FNL Mentoring will:

  • Be youth driven and led
  • Help young people develop skills and resilient traits (e.g., foster a sense of power, and autonomy)
  • Build community partnerships to support youth
  • Provide meaningful and caring relationships among youth and with adults
  • Promote belief in youths' capacity to contribute
  • Provide safe, healthy, fun and supportive places for youth to be
  • Be culturally competent
  • Have clearly defined and measurable goals, based on research and objective data
  • Support and train adults to work effectively with youth
  • Evaluate program periodically to assess progress and refine, improve and strengthen the program's effectiveness

Friday Night Live/Club Live

Youth in FNL/Club Live programs will experience the following:

1) A safe environment
  • Physical Safety - To feel safe physically, free from the risk of harm.
  • Emotional Safety - To feel safe emotionally, to feel like they can be who they are.

2) Opportunities for community engagement
  • Knowledge of Community - to learn about their community and its resources.
  • Interaction/Interface with the Community - to interact and work with community members.
  • Communication with the Community - to communicate about the program or youth issues.
  • Contribution to the Community - to give back and serve their community.

3) Opportunities for leadership and advocacy
  • Decision-Making and Governance - to participate in decision-making and occupy leadership roles, such as staff or board roles.
  • Youth Voice - to learn to express their opinions constructively and to hear those of others.
  • Action - to take action on issues or projects they care about outside of the program, in the community, at school.

4) Opportunities to build caring and meaningful relationships with peers and adults
  • Peer Knowledge - to learn about their peers and build relationships with them.
  • Adult Knowledge/Guidance - to learn about the adult staff and build relationships with them.
  • Emotional Support - to feel like their practical needs are met by adult staff.
  • Sense of Belonging - to feel like they belong, like they matter to the group and its success.

5) Opportunities to engage in interesting and relevant skill development activities
  • Specific Skills - to develop and build specific skills through program activities.
  • Challenging and Interesting Activities - to engage in interesting and challenging activities.

6) Opportunities to develop healthy personal attitudes and behavior
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) - to be in a positive space or environment.
  • Violence Prevention - to learn constructive and healthy ways of handling issues, conflicts.
  • Academic Completion/Fostering Learning - to develop and/or build upon their interest in learning and ability to think critically.

Youth Development Standards of Practice (Revised, 2002)
Youth Leader Institute (415) 836-9160
2003, please do not use, replicate or adapt without permission.

FRIDAY NIGHT Live Friday Night Live:  The Friday Night Live program is designed for high school-aged youth. Activities are organized by youth to appeal to youth. Dances, haunted houses, community service and social action activities, movie nights, and participation in advocacy for safe and healthy environments such as sober grad, are just some of the activities that FNL youth both participate in and organize. One of the most distinguishing aspects of Friday Night Live is youth involvement in mentoring. In FNL, high school-aged youth can act as mentors and tutors to middle school and elementary school students. FNL mentoring activities provide opportunities for young people to engage in ongoing, mutually beneficial, caring relationships which strengthen young people to face today's challenges.
Eureka High School Ruth Mitchell Tel: (707) 476-1632
Ferndale High School Bonnie Griffiths Tel: (707) 786-9434

Club Live: Club Live is designed to be appropriate for middle school-aged youth. This program focuses on developing and expanding social skills. Activities are organized to engage youth socially, to expand their ability to express themselves in social environments, and to help youth help themselves actively engage with peers. Club Live activities may include Christmas decorating contests, raffles, bingo nights, etc.
Bridgeville School Virginia Mullan Tel: (707) 777-3311
Fax: (707) 777-3023
Jacoby Creek School Jim Ritter Tel: (707) 839-5114
McKinleyville Middle School Denise Williams Tel: (707) 839-1508
Fax: (707) 839-2548
SunnyBrae Middle School Jim Ritter Tel: (707) 839-5114
Pacific Union Middle School Jim Ritter Tel: (707) 839-5114

Friday Night Live Kids: Friday Night Live Kids is designed to be developmentally appropriate for kids in grades 4-6. The most distinguishing aspect of the FNL Kids program is its parent component. For fourth through sixth graders, parents are an essential element of learning leadership and positive decision making skills. FNL Kids provides a structure in which collaboration between parents and kids is fostered and connections are made. Parents play a key roll in teaching basic leadership skills by participating with their kids in activities like movie nights, dress-up day, and bring your parent to school day.

California Friday Night Live Partnership
Relate for Teens Online
FDA for Kids

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: The County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in services, programs, activities, or employment. Persons with disabilities requiring special assistance or accommodation call (707) 268-2132.

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