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SPECTRA Matching Grants provide schools from throughout the County with up to $1,500 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.
1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring program that provides children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In addition to its one-to-one mentoring program, Big Brothers Big Sisters also offers an after school enrichment and mentoring program at two low income housing complexes in south Santa Cruz County (Pajaro Valley Unified School District). There is no fee for service. Bilingual services are available. Phone: 464-8691
1500 41st Ave, Suite 250 Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]
Bilingual Baby and Toddler Laptime Programs at the Watsonville and Freedom Libraries (pre-reading and social skills)
Bilingual Laptime (6-30 months): Wed. 10:30 am @ Freedom Branch. Bilingual Toddler Time (2-4 yrs): Wed. 11:30 am @ Freedom Branch. Thursdays 10:30 am @ Main Library 831-768-3420
Santa Cruz County Libraries in Watsonville and Freedom [ A, REC ]
A youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6-18.\r\nAfterschool program hours: M, T,Th,F 2-7pm, W - 12:30-7pm. \r\nTransportation to the club is available afterschool.\r\nSummer program hours: M-F 7:30am - 6:00pm\r\nCost: $81.00 annual membership fee\r\n During the afterschool and summer programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, Club members are encouraged to participate in a variety of programs and activities that promote good character, academic success, personal responsibility, exploration and fun. While at the Club, members are placed in age appropriate groups and have scheduled time in each of our program areas, ensuring they receive a fulfilling, well-rounded experience. Activities include homework help & tutoring, computer & technology programs, arts & crafts projects, gym/sports activities,swimming,games-room tournaments and much more!
543 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 925 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, FY, HW, M, PS, REC, SE ]
The Breakaway Academy is a soccer-based academic support program, serving youth in the 7th-12th grades across the Pajaro Valley. Each program day, youth receive soccer training and tutoring. College readiness resources are also provided, and include field trips to college campuses in conjunction with a college soccer games; learning from college-level players, coaches, and academic mentors; and college scholarships. Currently, the Breakaway Academy has a high school program site at Watsonville High on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year, and a middle school program site at Pajaro Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year. A separate Breakaway Summer program is held in June-July at Watsonville High.
Watsonville High School, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, G, HW, M, REC ]
Provides technical assistance information and resources for parents, school districts, advocates, agencies and others of procedural safeguards regarding students between ages 3 and 21 with disabilities and their educational rights. 479-6431
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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 ]
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.
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To get a Pell grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The amount depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
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FOOD, WHAT?! is a youth empowerment and food justice program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and inspired teens. We partner with low-income and at-risk youth to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food and address food justice issues in our community.
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We assist with mostly one-time critical needs for those from ages birth through twenty. Typically, our applicants need medical, dental, vision or educational assistance. All applications are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. Our Board consists of those in professions of education, children's attorney, neo-natal pediatrics, social work and nutrition for women, children and infants. We are an all-volunteer organization making a difference in our community one child at a time.
P.O. Box 891, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, Q, REC ]
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent organization for developing leadership skills in girls and young women, building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Our Council is a local organization chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to provide support for Girl Scouting and Girl Scout troops/groups in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Central coast living provides a richness which when added to the Girl Scout program creates options only limited by the girls themselves in choosing and designing activities that follow their interests and dreams. From fitness in rock climbing, soccer and surfing to art and mural design, girls are presented with a multitude of options. Plus, by tapping into scientific and marine biology resources and the mosaic of cultures, food and music to be found in the local region, girls acquire understanding and growth in knowledge. Just as the geography of the six counties is diverse, so are its communities and residents. Since its inception, Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast has taken responsibility to be a community resource, leading as well as collaborating to create outreach programs in migrant camps and other non-traditional settings, and tackling such contemporary issues as teen parenthood, drugs and alcohol. A twenty-year collaboration with Pajaro Valley Unified School District's Migrant Education Program recently won a GSUSA Quality Recognition Award. (831) 633-4877
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Head Start supports school readiness and promotes healthy families through delivery of education, health and social services. Early Head Start (EHS) enrolls low-income families with infants and toddlers. The pre-natal months and the first three years of life are periods of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. (831) 688-3802
225 Westridge Drive Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, CO, FN, HW ]
The Independent Living Program (ILP) assists current and former foster and probation placement youth aged 15-21 to develop independent living skills and achieve educational/vocational goals to successfully transition to self-sufficiency. ILP services include one-on-one counseling, assistance with obtaining ID Cards, Driving Permits, and Licenses, and weekly workshops at Cabrillo College on topics such as money management, personal health, finding independent housing, and obtaining financial aid for college. ILP also has a Rewards program that offers youth incentives for pursuing their education and participating in extra-curricular activities. NOTE: There is a specific protocol for working with ILP students. Check in with supervisors prior to contacting ILP.
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FY, SE ]
Launch Pad is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3:00 to 5:30 PM in Soquel Village and offers one-to-one, specialized instruction to students with learning disabilities and differences, such as dyslexia, or significant gaps in achievement from a variety of causes.
4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA [ A, REC, SPED ]
After-School nonprofit Program providing STEM-based classes to youth ages 4 and up in multiple sites in Santa Cruz County. Offering classes in robotics, video game design, engineering, electronics, LEGO building, design, animation, marine biology, forensics, CAD, computer literacy, making, and much more.
1855 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, M, REC, SE ]
Mariposa Arts provides after-school arts programs and community workshops for youth that focus on building leadership and social skills and promoting academic success and career development through the arts. The Mariposa Arts TEACH model delivers year-long teacher training coupled with lessons in the arts to high school students. Together with professional Mariposa Arts teaching artists and high school teachers travel to local elementary schools twice weekly to teach. High school students also learn about classroom management, lesson planning, and public speaking; all skills that help them to develop as leaders and to be prepared for the workforce. Mariposa Arts provides high school youth not only the pride and excitement of a paid job, but also a window into the experience of teaching. Elementary school students have high school role models and are able to create art together and learn about themselves. High school students receive stipends for their internship, earn elective credits, and provide service to elementary school sites that are lacking in art and enrichment programs. The internship aspect of the program also provides high school students with the important role of helping to educate, engage, and inspire a younger generation, while simultaneously gaining important work experience. Mariposa Arts has numerous programs including Art TEACH, Mural TEACH, Drama TEACH, Guitar TEACH, African Drum TEACH, and Hip Hop Poetry.
112 East Beach Street, Watsonville, CA : 95076 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]
Monterey Bay Career Connect is your one-stop hub for college and career readiness. Providing free and accessible information to the community, users can explore career pathways, find local scholarships, take a career assessment, find career matches and local salary information, explore related academic programs and view live job postings in the Monterey Bay region. The site features a Resume Builder which allows users to build and save multiple resumes online by signing in via email.
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Connect your kids with nature this summer through Natural History Museum camps. Hone your artistic skills in nature, become a junior curator, or embark on an outdoor adventure! Online registration is now open at www.santacruzmuseum.org
1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, REC ]
PAPÁS is a community-based social justices program raising awareness for social change while engaging in action-oriented activities that lead to progressive social transformation. We are providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services that strengthen family relationships, help fathers/father-figures become more involved with their children, and provide a more positive environment for the children’s social-emotional development. Our mission is to honor and promote fathers and father-figures through advocacy and education to support their role in strengthening family and community relationships. In addition to providing direct services, we actively promotes awareness and education that builds social consciousness around the importance of having father friendly services, social service agencies, and a supportive community. "Kids and dads need each other, have you supported a dad today?"
225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1025 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ A, CO, G, HW, LS, M, PS, SS ]
This presentation focuses on helping school professionals and families better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents and how best to intervene. It also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families. It has been presented at Teacher In-service, Parent Meetings and Parent/Family meetings. Presentation can be modified to fit time slot. The full presentation is 1.5 hours but we have given a modified version in as little as 45 minutes.
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An intensive, independent project that engages students' interests, betters the world in some way, and helps them stand out to top universities. Students can either choose to utilize the director's help with every aspect of planning, or learn to do it themselves. Students can also take fully WASC and UC A-G accredited one-on-one classes, each of them taught by dedicated teachers who are experts in their fields, passionate about their work, and focused on engaging children with a high degree of interactivity.
2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel CA 95073 [ A, CO, M, PS, SE ]
Parent-to-parent support, networking, and resource information over the phone and educational workshops for parents of children of all ages with special needs. P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 (831)722-2800 firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ A, CO, PS, SPED ]
Y sports camps and activities provide children opportunities to become more confident and healthy.. Activities include swim lessons, basketball, princess camp, science camp, art camp, etc…
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The Smith Renaissance Society, a program with many years of success, offers academic and financial support services for independent UC Santa Cruz students. It also provides a strong social network of mentors and peers to help students reach their academic goals. The Smith Renaissance Society reaches out to independent high school and community college students.
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 [ A, CO, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SE ]
Callaghan Park Cultural Center - free drop-in program offers youth opportunities to build skills, meet friends and learn new things. Some of the many activities offered include foosball, pool, basketball, board games, and art classes. Structured games and activities occur daily.
Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center - one stop afterschool “chill spot.” The G.H.W.R. Youth Center offers free programs and services for youth ages 6-22 years old. Kick it with your friends, get homework help, or check out a variety of exciting activities. Teen Room where you can hang out, watch TV or listen to music, bring your game console and hook it up to our TV with surround sound. In addition, the Youth Center offers a variety of trips, classes, and special and late night events for middle and high school students. Marinovich Park Community Center - Free, fun drop-in activities, in a safe and supportive environment. The drop-in program includes arts & crafts activities, physical activities, cooking classes, trips, non-competitive tournaments and much more!
Muzzio Park Community Center - home of our popular gymnastics program.
Ramsay Park Family Center
Muzzio Ramsay Park Family Center - The Ramsay Park Family Center offers the F.L.Y.E.R.S. after school program and Camp W.O.W. during summer, winter and spring breaks from school.
Callaghan Park Cultural Center: 225 Sudden St., Watsonville. Phone: 728-6084. Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center: 30 Maple Ave., Watsonville. Phone: 768-3248. Marinovich Community Center: 120 Second St., Watsonville: Phone: 768-3250. Muzzio Park Community Center: 26 W. Front St., Watsonville. Phone: 763-9089. Ramsay Park Family Center: 1301 Main St., Watsonville. Phone: 768-3270. [ A, M, REC ]
Non-profit organization, staffed by post-secondary interns, whose mission is to link the youth of Santa Cruz County with career exploration. Your Future Is Our Business partners with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County School Districts, and local colleges and universities to provide career exploration experiences: career panels, College and Career expos, informational interviews, job site visits, job shadows, mentors, internships.
6500 Soquel Drive, Building 2100 B, Aptos, CA 95003; 399 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FY, M ]
Youth in Wilderness (YiW) provides a unique wilderness immersion experience for local young people of central California. On overnight backpacking trips in the Big Sur backcountry (Ventana and Silver Peak Wildernesses - native lands of the Rumsen, Esselen, and Salinan people), local young adults are welcomed to nature in a safe, fun and inclusive way. Those who participate on YiW backpacking trips gain leadership experience, undergo self-discovery, and are introduced to environmental conservation ethics. They will also be introduced to the intersection between environmental and social justice. All trips are free for participants - all essential backpacking gear, leadership, and food is provided. We collaborate with Community Partners who help us recruit participants and arrange for their own transportation. All overnight backpacking trips are supported by preparatory workshops, either at partner sites or on day-hikes at regional parks with the backpacking group.
PO Box 506, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 [ A, FN, FY, G, M, Q, REC ]
Youth N.O.W Center is an After School Student Center that provides no-cost tutoring and academic support, as well as, a safe social environment for middle and high school students in the downtown Watsonville area. We have a site for high school students located on Carr Street and one for middle school students located on Madison Street. Each site has both a learning center space and a recreational social space. We offer individualized contracted tutoring, homework help, independent study, school project resources, computer labs, and printing services. Our social and recreational spaces are comprised of a high school ‘coffee house’ and the middle school gym, with activities such as enrichment classes, clubs, sports clinics and evening social events. We offer a five-week all-day program in the summer reflective of our school-year programming. No-cost food is offered at both sites thanks to our community partners.
31 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (High School Site); 15 Madison Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (Middle School Site) [ A, G, M, REC ]