Twenty-three summer youth programs on both sides of the state line received $18,000 in mini grants from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation on Wednesday.

The organizations, from Port Orford to Crescent City, will teach youngsters how to swim, eat healthy, do art, theater and learn gardening and job skills, according to a foundation press release. The grants range from $250 to $1,500.

Del Norte County grant recipients include the California Redwoods Art Association, Del Norte Youth Football Inc., Gateway Education and RHS's Harrington House's Hope Garden project. Curry County recipients include the Curry Public Library District, Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor, Curry County 4H and the Oasis Shelter Home.

Meanwhile, Native American teens wanting to learn life and job skills are encouraged to sign up for the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation's summer youth employment program, according to the WRCF press release. The organization will use its grant to make sure youth stay hydrated and have fruits and veggies when they are in areas where they don't have food, according to Zachery Chapman, director for the employment program.

For more information about WRCF and its grants, visit or call (707) 465-2138.