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This resource directory is focused on resources that support children in grades pre-K through college. For other resources, please call 211 or use the community information database at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

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Emergency Response

Public Schools in California are mandated under Education Code 32280 to develop a comprehensive school safety plan that is updated annually to meet emerging needs and legislative requirements. The components of a school safety plan include polices and procedures to ensure a safe and orderly campus, specialized instructional programs that promote equity, tolerance, safety, health and well-being, and a stand alone emergency crisis response plan.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ HW, LS, SS ]

Escuela Quetzal

Escuela Quetzal is a counseling school designed for young people who are willing to participate in intense self-assessment in such topics as family and relationships, drugs and alcohol, behavior, school, communication and negative peer influence. Students determine what obstacles are in their lives and what is not working for them, and receive support in creating and reaching their goals through individual, group and family counseling sessions. A collaboration between the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (COE) and Encompass Community Services, Escuela Quetzal is a fully accredited high school providing academic coursework geared toward high school graduation. Students are expected to actively participate in all classroom activities as well as individual, group and family counseling sessions and also have the opportunity to participate in community outings, activities and volunteer opportunities. Any junior high or high school teen aged 14 19 who has the desire to actively participate in individual and group counseling, wants to create positive change in his or her life, and is experiencing difficulties functioning in a traditional school environment qualifies for this program. Call (831) 688-8856 x0 for more information.
241 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, CO ]

Easter Seal Camp Harmon

Swimming, boating, arts and crafts, fishing, horseback riding, archery, and sports for people of all abilities. Must be age 8+.
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ REC ]

Easter Seals Central California- Santa Cruz County

Information, referrals, support groups, and other services for youth and adults with disabilities. Services for disabled children in the classroom and at home. Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30opm. (831) 684-2166
9010 Soquel Drive, Suite 1, Aptos, CA 95003 [ CO, HW, PS, SPED ]

Emancipation of Youth - Youth Services

Information about the Legal Emancipation of Minors. Teen & family counseling agency designed to support youth (ages 12-21) and families in finding positive solutions to difficulties that arise during adolescence, including family conflict, school, drugs & alcohol, gangs, homelessness, runaways, and crisis situations. Bilingual services available. 425-0771 or 429-8350
Phone Only [ FY, H, LS ]

Encompass Community Services - Transition Age Youth Program (TAY)

Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.
380 Encinal St #200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SS, SE ]

Encompass Youth Services

Encompass Community Services provides a broad spectrum of social services that heal, connect and nurture the mental, educational and social well being of 8,000 children, individuals and families annually. Empowering youth and families to succeed - Youth Services offers a broad spectrum of services that help heal and nurture the mental and social well-being of children, youth and families. In collaboration with other non-profits, courts, schools, funders and families, we support the vitality of our community and its future. Our professional staff is skilled in addressing difficulties related to emotional turmoil, struggles at school and at home, substance abuse, and juvenile justice involvement. We are committed to ensuring that youth and families are supported in building the relationships they need to be self-reliant and successful. All services are provided in English and Spanish except as noted. What is the Cost? Fees are on a sliding scale based on income. Medi-Cal insurance accepted in many of our programs. No charge for school-based and some substance abuse services. Youth Services' Mission - The mission of Youth Services is to provide culturally relevant services to Santa Cruz County youth and families, in collaboration with other community organizations. These services are designed to address the developmental and emotional needs of our clients while supporting them in creating and maintaining positive roles in their communities.
Santa Cruz: 709 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Phone: (831) 429-8350. Watsonville: 241 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: (831) 688-8856. [ CO, FY, Q ]

Ending the Silence, NAMI Santa Cruz County

Ending the Silence is a 50-minute program designed for middle and high school audiences. It is typically presented in the freshman/sophomore health classes during the mental health portion of the curriculum. This transformational program is devoted to giving students an opportunity to learn about mental illness through an informative PowerPoint, short videos, and personal testimony. Through the presentation, students learn symptoms and indicators of mental illness, and are given ideas about how to help themselves, friends, or family members who may be in need of support.
[ A, CO, HW ]

Energy Services

Helps with gas and electricity bills. (831) 761-7080
135 Aviation Way Watsonville, CA 95076 [ H ]

Environmental Traveling Companions

Whitewater river rafting, skiing , kayaking, and a chance to build leadership skills. Open to people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth. http://www.etctrips.org/
See Website [ REC, SPED ]

Equal Rights Advocates

Free legal advice and counseling, information and referral line. Sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, employment, disability, or student issues. Telephone counseling. Bilingual services available. 415.621.0672
See Website [ CO, LS ]