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Academic Competitions

Mock Trial, Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair, Spelling Bee, Student Authors' Fair, Math Contest, California Forestry Challenge.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A ]

Above the Line

For over 20 years, Homes for Kids (HFK) has been matching qualified, caring foster parents with foster infants, toddlers, and children to age 18. HFK works with placement agencies, social workers, therapists, foster parents and biological parents (when indicated) to ensure proper management of each childís needs. With HFK you will receive the best services and the highest level of support that will enhance the extraordinary experience of foster parenting.
9081 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, FY, HW ]

Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM)

STATEWIDE. Low cost health insurance for pregnant women and their infants. Multi-lingual services available.
See Website [ HW, LS ]

ADHD Support Group

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Branch of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with ADHD) hosts monthly support group meetings for anyone affected by the challenges of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to share resources and get support. The Parent Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and Adults with ADHD meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. All meetings are from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. CONTACT: Judy Brenis, jbbrenis@comcast.net, 831.684.0590 or visit the web site.
Aptos Fire Station, 6934 Soquel Dr., Aptos, California. [ CO, HW, PS ]

Adolescent Family Life Program California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Public health, nursing support, education, referrals, and case management for pregnant and parenting teens ages 18 and under.
See Website [ CO, FN, HW, PS ]

Advocacy, Inc.

Long term care ombudsman program and patient rights advocate program. Bilingual services available. Free
5274 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 [ HW, LS ]

After School Program Interventions Resliency Education (ASPIRE)

The After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE program) at El Camino Hospital is designed to provide meaningful and effective treatment for teenage youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other symptoms related to a mental health condition. The program takes a holistic view of the young personís life situation and encourages participation and education for youth and their families. Emotional wellness is the primary goal of the program. Families are trained to provide a validating and supportive environment. The types of treatment include the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive arts and also dialectical behavioral therapy. Individuals undergoing treatment will learn a language of wellness that is relevant to their needs. Services in the program are in addition to the services of a child-adolescent trained psychiatrist who provides assessment/diagnosis and leadership through active participation in team sessions. Treatment plans, using an interdisciplinary model, include the goals of both the young person and his/her family.
825 Pollard Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA 95032 [ CO, HW, Q ]

Al-Anon, Alateen-Santa Cruz County

Al-Anon is a support group for friends & relatives of alcoholics. Alateen is a support group for teenagers affected by someoneís alcohol/drug abuse. Call for current meeting schedule. On-call members for people who need someone to talk to right away. Spanish classes are available.
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Alcoholics Anonymous-Santa Cruz County

12 Step program and support group for alcoholics and problem drinkers. The only requirement is desire to stop drinking. Bilingual groups at Si Se Puede, Barrios Unidos, Groupo Albarada.
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Aptos High School Gay Straight Alliance (AHS HAS)

The AHS GSA is a student organized and led club that supports all of the students, staff, and families of the AHS community. (831) 688-6565, ext.681, tpalmer@aptoshs.net
Phone Only, E-mail Only [ M, Q, SS ]

Aqua Safaris

Provides full access to scuba classes and services. 831-479-4386. info@aquasafaris.com.
6896 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ REC ]

Arts Council Santa Cruz County SPECTRA Arts Education

SPECTRA Matching Grants provide schools from throughout the County with up to $2,000 to support offering curriculum-based learning opportunities to students through arts workshops, residencies, and performances taught by SPECTRA artists. The SPECTRA Artist Teacher Partnership (ATP) is a program that unites elementary classroom teachers with mentor artists. Each pair concentrates on one of the major arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts, and work over a 16-week period to design and deliver arts instruction to students in the generalist's classroom. SPECTRA Special Initiatives: The Arts Council applies for government and foundation grants for special educational projects and acts as a conduit between donors and private foundations to re-grant or implement arts education programming in schools. Through Family Arts Nights, parents, grandparents, and children spend an evening with SPECTRA Teaching Artists who are brought into a school to teach families in a variety of arts disciplines. Teaching Artist Directory: A roster of highly qualified professional teaching artists in the Visual, Performing and Literary Arts is maintained and updated annually.
[ A, M, REC, SE ]