Programs & Activities
After School Program
The Friendship House provides a quality afterschool program where community youth are inspired to learn and are encouraged to participate in a variety of fun and exciting activities, including arts and crafts, basketball, Girl Scouts, a community garden, computer lab activities, homework assistance, academic activities, and a STEM Robotics & CSI program focused on science, reading, and math. The free after-school program keeps community youth safe, engaged, and active. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Monday-Fridays 2pm-6pm
The Friendship House offers a New Adventure Summer Program that provides a welcoming and safe environment for youth to hangout, while having fun and exploring new interests. During the summer, the Summer Food Service Program is also provided at the Friendship House, which provides free breakfast and lunch to any child age 18 and under. Program registration is not required to receive breakfast or lunch. These programs are free of charge.
Days of Operation: June 8th-July 31st Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (Breakfast 8:30am-9am & Lunch 11:30am-12:30pm)
Grow Fit Program
A Grow Fit Program is also provided at the center, which is funded by Kaiser. The goals of the Grow Fit Program are to increase the participants’ knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating choices, to increase the participants’ gardening knowledge & skills, to expose the youth to seasonal fresh produce, to increase the number of minutes youth participate in daily physical activity, and to encourage fitness. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Monday-Friday 2 pm-6 pm (provided July-May)
Mentors volunteer one hour a week to a child (ages 6-18) and make a positive difference in the life of a youth. Mentors must complete an application, pass a background check, and attend a one-time orientation or training. Students with mentors have been shown to improve relationships with family, friends, and authority; improve school attendance and grades; and are more likely to be promoted to the next grade level in school.
The Friendship House offers a Pre-Employment Resource Program for community youth ages 14-18, providing them with hands-on work experience, knowledge, and the skills needed to conduct a successful job search and pursue their career interests and aptitudes. Program participants are provided with 64 hours of meaningful, paid work experience, that will enhance their future employability, and expand their career options and interests. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Classes start for session 1 start in July & session 2 classes start in October. Call (661) 369-8922 for more information)
Programs for Adults
The Friendship House also provides a host of resources & services for adults, which includes monthly food distributions, nutritional services from the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program, Parents On A Mission (POM) parenting classes, and services provided by the Mexican Consulate On Wheels Program. These programs are free of charge.
Days of Operation:
Food Distribution – 4th Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am
WIC – Every Tuesday: 7:45 am -5:30 pm
Mexican Consulate – Every Tuesday and every other Wednesday. By appointment only. For information or to make an appointment call (877) 639-4835.