How we help youth

The programs that the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation (SCOF) sponsor also support the programs of the Canyon Country Optimist Club which help youth in need.   The SCOF sponsors Safety Town – Santa Clarita, a safety education program for young children, Scholarships for High Schools Students who provide exceptional community and school service, and Help for Youth – in – need.


The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation’s “Safety Town” camp is a five-day safety education program for children who will be entering kindergarten (ages 4 1/2 to 6 years) in the Santa Clarita Valley.  In 2019, the camp will be held at Charles Helmers Elementary School in Saugus Union School District on July 15 – 19 and Jul 22 – 26, 2019.  During the camp, taught by California-credentialed teachers, children learn through repetitive, interactive instructional play, essential safety skills they will use in their everyday lives – at home and at school.

Safety Town is a miniature city built to the scale of a small child, assembled within a secured playground, with traffic light, street and stop signs, striped walkways, crosswalks and streets.  Children learn how to safely cross the street and how to obey traffic signals while walking and while driving miniature cars, complete with safety belts. Videos, craft projects, songs and games reinforce the safe conduct rules the children have learned.  Children who participate in Safety Town receive a tee shirt and a school bag with school supplies they will need for elementary school.  Scholarships are available for families who qualify.

Youth volunteers in 7th – 12th grades, serve as counselors while earning vital community service hours.

Child Registration forms and the Application for Youth Volunteers will be available beginning on Feb. 18 at the Safety Town tab or at

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The Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation offers three categories of scholarships to help Santa Clarita’s youth and families-in-need and bring out the best in Santa Clarita’s kids.  We offer scholarships to high school students who have performed exceptional service to their community and school, Safety Town scholarships for families-in-need, and we support many programs that assist youth-in- need.

Scholarships for High Schools Students providing Exceptional Service

Each year the Foundation is proud to give $750 scholarships to graduating high school students in Santa Clarita. In 2019, we will award 8 scholarships. Students who have provided exception service to the community and school and have a 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply.  In the application, students must describe their exceptional service to their community and school (beyond community service credit earned toward high school graduation).  Students should plan to attend a four-year college or university, community college or vocational program.  Once the scholarships are awarded, students are asked to write a letter to the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation and describe how the funds will be used toward their education.

To apply or for additional information about the scholarship go to the Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Foundation at

Safety Town Scholarships

A limited number of Safety Town scholarships are available for families-in-need and who qualify.  Parents/guardians who register their children to attend the Safety Town – Santa Clarita camp in July 2020, and who meet the criteria, may have all or part of the $150 registration fee waived.

For further information contact Susan Russell, Director of Safety Town at or call (661) 306-4414.

Help for Youth-in-Need 

There are times when Santa Clarita Valley youth-serving groups may be in need of financial assistance.  A request may be submitted to a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation Board or the Canyon Country Optimist Club for review.  This type of support may be awarded only once or on an ongoing basis.  We continue to annually support a variety of programs; following are a few examples of those we supported in 2018:

For further information, contact Norbert Moniz, Sr., President, at or call (661) 678-3637.

Contribute to the Success of our Programs

Please help us to bring out the best in Santa Clarita’s Kids by supporting the Santa Clarita Optimist Foundation’s efforts to continue and enhance this wide variety of programs for youth.  To contribute, please go to the Donate page and make your tax-deductible contribution (Tax ID Number 46-4800950).  Your donation may be specific to any one of these programs, or general to support all of the activities of the Foundation. Thank you!