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Broad-Based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment and Alternatives (BASTA) is a new spin on an old effort to convene the pertinent players involved with a student who is at risk of becoming gang involved or is interested in getting out. BASTA, which also means “enough” in Spanish, speaks both to the feeling of the community as well as the internal struggle of the individual.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, G, M, PS, SS ]

Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College empowers students to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, and responsible world citizens. With a commitment to quality and equity, we connect all learners to pathways that propel them from where they are to where they aspire to be, including: academic, personal, and career growth.
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003, Phone: 831.479.6100; 318 Union Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ A, CO, FY, SE ]

Cabrillo College - Academic Counseling

All Cabrillo counselors can assist students regarding transfer to four-year universities and in planning for Cabrillo’s career certificates and associate degrees.
Main Campus: 6500 Soquel Dr. Bldg 100, Aptos, CA 95003, Phone: 831.479.6274; Watsonville Campus: 318 Union Ave. Room A120, Watsonville, CA 95066, Phone: 831.786.4734 [ A, CO ]

Cabrillo College - Accessibility Support Center

The Accessibility Support Center (ASC), formerly Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS), offers a variety of support services for students with disabilities to help ensure their educational success at Cabrillo College. Services are designed to foster independence in Cabrillo programs and activities while providing necessary support for students with disabilities. Services are provided to students enrolled through the Accessibility Support Center include counseling and advising, academic support, referrals and coordination, interpreters, note takers, special classes, special equipment, on-campus transportation, special parking, priority registration, test proctoring, liaison with local, state and federal agencies, specialized adaptive equipment, assistive technology, alternate media and a high tech center with computer adaptations.
6500 Soquel Dr., Room 1073, Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, M ]

Cabrillo College - Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded effort designed to provide financial, counseling and academic support services for full-time Cabrillo students identified as educationally and economically disadvantaged. 831.479.6305,
Main Campus: 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO ]

Cabrillo College - Fast Track To Work

Fast Track To Work is a dynamic student services program serving low income, unemployed and under-employed Cabrillo students. Fast Track provides advocacy and supportive services; and promotes student success in achieving career advancement leading to financial self-sufficiency.
6500 Soquel Drive, Room 110, Aptos, CA 95003. [ A, CO, SE ]

Cabrillo College - Foster and Kinship Care Educational Program

A group available to help with the needs of relative caregivers (grandparent, relative, or friend) for children. Group held the first Tuesday of each month: 6:30-8pm at LifeSpring Preschool.
1255 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010 [ CO, FY, M, PS ]

Cabrillo College - Guardian Scholars Program

The Cabrillo College Guardian Scholars Program helps current and former foster youth students by providing supportive services to successfully navigate the college systems. Services include: application and enrollment assistance, financial aid and scholarship assistance, academic counseling, peer mentoring, tutoring services, survival living skills and referrals to college and community resources. Other services that help students succeed in school, such as food gift cards scholarship funds are also available to participating sttudents. Offices is open to students to come in and use student computers, study areas.
Main Campus: 6500 Soquel Dr. Room 1006 Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, FY ]

Cabrillo College - High School Student Resources

Information on a wide variety of Cabrillo College options for high school students including concurrent enrollment and articulated credit. 831.477.3268,
Articulation Office 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003, [ A, CO ]

Cabrillo College - Learning Skills Program

The Learning Skills Program is designed to serve students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Eligible students utilize accommodations and services which include: extended time on tests in a less distracting environment, note takers, priority registration, assistance with class scheduling, specialized computer applications, tutoring, and/or counseling from DSPS counselors. Learning disability assessments conducted to determine eligibility. Students who have ADHD, or have previously received services because of a learning disability, should bring their supporting documentation to the Learning Skills Program Office. 831.479.6220,
Main Campus: 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, SPED ]

Cabrillo College - Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling is offered to help students cope with stressors that are affecting their academic, career, or personal goals. Issues may include wellness, stress, anxiety, alcohol or drug problems, depression, relationship difficulties, anger, low motivation, grief, parenting issues, abuse or other issues affecting your personal well being.
Main Campus 6500 Soquel Dr. Room 907 Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, HW, M, SE ]

Cabrillo College - Puente Project

The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to succeeding generations.
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003; 318 Union, Watsonville, CA 95076. [ A, CO, M, SE ]

Cabrillo College - The Outreach and Recruitment Office

The Outreach and Recruitment Office serves prospective students and their parents by introducing them to information, processes, and resources that will increase their awareness of the college experience, inform them of their educational options at Cabrillo, and provide them with steps to help them reach their educational goals. 831.479.5759,
Main Campus 6500 Soquel Dr. Room 907 Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, CO, PS ]

Cabrillo College - Watsonville Center

Offers a selection of classes that fulfill requirements and prerequisites for general education, transfer, career training and associate's degree level programs of study.
318 Union Ave., Watsonville, CA 95073, Phone: 831.786.4700 [ A, CO, SE ]

Career Exploration - Career Pathways

This online service is available through the Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) website. Each sector contains multiple career pathways in which students can explore a career area now that best fits their interests. The Industry Sectors listed will enable students to research career pathways that can help them make informed decisions about their future.
6500 Soquel Drive 2100B Aptos, CA. 95003 [ A, CO, SE ]

CREEC: California Regional Environmental Education Community

The CREEC network is helping to enhance the environmental literacy of our students. One click to CREEC.org links you to the fully searchable on-line directory where you will find environment-based education, field trips, curriculum, classes, and workshops aligned with state standards. CREEC.org brings life to learning and learning to life! For more information, please contact Amity Sandage, (831) 466-5711.
See Website [ CO, REC ]

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 ]

Foster Youth Services (FYS)

Students in Transition (SIT) and Foster Youth Services (FYS) provide displaced students crucial support in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the AB 490 California law for foster youth. The McKinney-Vento legislation defines homeless as individuals "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." This definition includes "children and youth awaiting foster care placement." This means that youth awaiting placement with foster care are considered homeless and are covered by McKinney-Vento. For this reason there is a great deal of overlap between SIT and FYS. 
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FY, H, SE ]

Work Experience (WEX)

Subsidized Work Experience (WEX) placements, continued service to youth ages 14 through 16, the contract requirement to restrict services to youth living in the Watsonville and Freedom zip codes, training and certification program options, and contracting capacity.
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, M, SE ]

YES School

YES School in Santa Cruz provides sobriety-seeking teens with the information, skills and support necessary for establishing and maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle. YES is a fully accredited recovery high school operated in collaboration between the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Encompass Youth Services. Students are expected to actively participate in all classroom activities and attend counseling groups as a core part of the school day. Any young person in the community is eligible for admission so long as they have expressed a desire for assistance with substance abuse recovery. Services are free thanks to partnerships with County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health and community donations to Youth Services. Donations are encouraged. YES students are expected to fully participate both in the classroom and in group, individual and family counseling sessions. Students must make a commitment to be completely clean and sober and attend twelve-step meetings on their own time. The YES School provides a safe place for young people to be in recovery. The students support each other in remaining clean and sober and through their common struggle build a clean and sober youth community. Contact Info: (831) 429-8350 x0
709 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, HW ]


211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
Phone Only [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, LS, M, PS, Q, SS, SPED, SE ]

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 child’s 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 ]

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 (AFLP)

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

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 person’s 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 someone’s 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 ]

Baby Talk (Watsonville Community Hospital)

An ongoing, weekly, new mom and infant sharing and support group offered at no charge. Facilitated by an OB nurse and lactation consultant. 763-6015
75 Nielson Street Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FN, HW, PS ]

Barrios Unidos

Youth Services Counselor based at Barrios. Alcohol & drug related support group. A bilingual and culturally sensitive program, personalized to meet the individual needs of youth and to enhance the strengths and assets of each family. We provide individual, group, and family counseling for youth and families facing the challenges that arise in the process of growing up. http://www.barriosunidos.net 831-457-8208
1817 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, G, M, PS, SS ]

Bay Area Children's Association (BACA)

The Bay Area Children's Association (BACA) is a evidence-based, multi-disciplinary mental health care facility serving children, adolescents, young adults and their families. BACA offers outpatient services as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). BACA offers a young adult IOP, adolescent IOP and latency-aged IOP.
1175 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 14, San Jose CA 95129; 111 Myrtle Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland CA 94607. [ CO, HW, PS ]

Boys in the Woodz

A coming-of-age program for adolescent boys ages 10-17, that fosters nature awareness, personal growth, and social skills. 831-768-7089 info@growingupwild.org
2015 Eureka Canyon Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC ]

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist (CAMFT) – Santa Cruz

A referral service to locate licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Santa Cruz County. On-call therapist will return call. Not an emergency service. Can refer to bilingual services. 429-7786.
See Website [ CO ]

California Department of Rehabilitation

We are a State agency that provides services to assist individuals with disabilities to become employed. We provide a wide range of services which are based on the individual's needs, interests, aptitudes and previous work experience. Services include but are not limited to: assistance with job search, bus passes, assistive technology, training, clothing and tools required for work.
1350 41st Avenue, Suite 101, Capitola, CA 95010 [ CO, SE ]

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)

Provides assistance to low income families with children (can include unborn children), including cash aid; employment and training services; and supportive services such as child care, transportation, work expenses and counseling. Bilingual services. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, DC, FN, FY, HW, H, SE ]

Camp Opportunity

A 6 day camping experience for children ages 8-10 who have been referred by social workers from Family & Children's Services. There is no charge to the camper. He/she is covered by insurance from the time he/she is picked up until he/she is returned. 1-800-750-2267
See Website [ CO, REC ]

Child Protective Services (CPS) Santa Cruz County

Takes reports and investigates cases of suspected abuse and neglect. Crisis counseling and referrals. Bilingual services available. (831) 454-227
See Website [ CO, LS ]

Cocaine Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who come together to obtain freedom from addiction to cocaine and other mind-altering substances. Go to their website for specific meeting information.
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

Free information and referral for battered women; teen violence preventions programs. Self-defense classes for girls, teens, women, and seniors are offered at a nominal charge- no one turned away because of lack of funds. Pre-register for self-defenses classes through parks and recreations. 831-420-5363
809 Center Street, Room 10 Santa Cruz, CA. 95060 [ CO, LS, M, REC ]

Community Prevention Partnership

Santa Cruz Community Prevention Partners are dedicated to building a diverse community that promotes health and well being, and enhances youth and community safety through sustainable alcohol and drug prevention efforts. Phone (831) 454-5007 Email sccfnlp@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Phone Only [ CO, HW, SS ]

Community Support Services

Provides housing, treatment, case coordination, and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers and their families. (831) 459-0444
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, HW, H, M, PS, SPED ]

Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County

Mediation services – free, confidential, flexible pay scale; group facilitation; trainings & workshops. Also provide victim-Offender dialogue program, as well as Girl Space (program for young women in the justice system to prepare for reintegration with families). Bilingual services in Watsonville. (831) 475-6117
1414 Soquel Ave #218 Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, M ]

Counseling Services: Family Service Agency of the Central Coast

Offering general,couples,family, and group counseling for all ages, and stages of life. Sliding fee scale/Medi-Cal/Medicare. LGBTQ inclusive, open to all. Bilingual receptionist Mon - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Santa Cruz and Soquel. Bilingual services offered. Phone: 831-423-9444, Fax: 831-423-1532
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 & 2901 Park Ave, Suite A3, Soquel, CA 95073 [ CO, HW, PS, Q ]

County Mental Health (Children & Adolescent Mental Health)

Bilingual services available. The Access Team is available 24 hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents to access hospitalization in a psychiatric crisis. Based upon the results. of an assessment, the team’s care managers will link individuals and their families to the most appropriate services available. Individuals meeting the System of Care criteria (i.e., having trouble with serious and persistent mental illnesses) are referred to one of several coordinated care treatment terms based in Santa Cruz or Watsonville. 831-454-4170
1430 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville, CA 95076 , 1080 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO ]

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

CASAs are volunteer lifelines of support and a powerful voice in court for abused and neglected youth.They offer permanency transition meetings and college counseling.
See Website [ A, CO, FY, M ]

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 ]

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.
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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 ]

Family Preservation Court (FPC)

The FPC provides treatment and supportive services to families who are involved with the Human Services Department Family and Children's Services (HSD/FCS) Division due to parental substance abuse. lynn.harrison@co.santacruz.ca.us
1 Second Street, Room 300 Watsonville, CA 95076, [ CO, HW, LS, PS ]

For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay

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 ]

Friday Night Live (County Drug and Alcohol)

The California Friday Night Live (FNL) Program was developed in 1984 in Sacramento by theCalifornia Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It began as a pilot program dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by teen motorists driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. During the first years of the program the youth involved were organized into high school-based student action groups, later renamed FNL Chapters. The success rate was so great that in 1988, ADP established a statewide office to facilitate the expansion of the program to youth throughout California. By 1990, the number of counties with the FNL Program had increased 300% and the main focus of the program began to shift from one of preventing drinking and driving among teens to one of promoting healthy lifestyles free of alcohol, tobacco, or other substance abuse among youth.
1400 Emeline Ave, Bldg K Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite 101 Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC, SS ]

Head Start & Early Head Start

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 ]

Health Care Access Line

Assistance and referrals to low cost health coverage program for children and teens that pays for medical, dental, vision, mental health, and alcohol substance abuse services. Bilingual services available. 831-763-8568 (Watsonville) or 831-454-2515 (Santa Cruz)
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Health Projects Center—Santa Cruz County

Services focus on supporting family caregivers through resources and education. Includes respite care, family consultation, legal consultation, counseling, support groups, and workshops. Services are free or on a low cost sliding scale. Bilingual services available. M-F 9am-5pm. (831) 459-6639
1537 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, FN, HW, LS ]

HIV Testing Hotline

Free, confidential HIV testing. Information on locations and times. Free or low cost services for HIV positive. This service is part of the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. Bilingual services available. 1-800-273-2437
Phone only [ CO, HW ]

HIV/AIDS Nightline

Emotional support and referrals for persons with HIV and AIDS or anyone else with concerns or questions related to HIV and AIDS. 458-6020 (Santa Cruz)
Phone Only [ CO, HW ]

Hospice of Santa Cruz County

Bereavement support groups for adults and children, general hospice, and death/dying support. Bilingual services available. Open M-F 8am-5pm.. 831.430.3000.

HSA Homeless Persons Health Project/Coral Street Homeless Health Clinic

HPHP works along side homeless adults and youth through case management during times of need or crisis. They offer supplies, information, and referrals to other services. (831) 454-2080
See Website [ CO, HW, H ]

Independent Living Program (ILP)

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 ]

La Manzana Community Resources - Community Bridges

Application Assistance: Help with enrollment and reporting for government services (i.e. Cal-Fresh, unemployment), job applications, housing applications, resume building and more. Community Advocacy: We seek to meet the needs of families through bi-lingual, bi-cultural support on both a long and short-term basis. Our drop-in advocacy support aims to help our community access resources and set goals to address issues such as employment rights, landlord/tenant issues, consumer issues and health care access. We also offer oral translation (by telephone) for non-English speakers, employers and landlords. Healthcare Access: Our advocates are here to enroll your family in programs such as Medi-Cal and the Covered California Health Exchange, and will help you select a primary care provider. Summer Lunch: Offers free meals to youth during the summer throughout Santa Cruz County. Also, offers nutrition education, food sampling and physical education for children and families at the Summer Lunch sites. Triple P/Parenting Classes: Provides families with proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges – tantrums, sibling rivalry, homework, bullying, bedtime routines, communicating with teens, and more. Food Distribution: Food distribution the first Friday of the month at 10 AM.
521 Main St, Suite Y Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FN, PS ]

Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior (M.O.A.B.)

A group of men who meet regularly for the purpose of overcoming abusive behavior – both others and ours. FREE! Se Habla Español. 831-244-0881 Wattsonville and Santa Cruz
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Monarch Services ~ Servicios Monarca

Monarch provides advocacy and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Monarch also provides prevention education in classrooms and community community settings. Prevention education is geared toward creating awareness around healthy relationships, communication, affirmative consent, being an active bystander, and understanding the dynamics of human trafficking.
233 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076; 1509 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ CO, HW, LS, PS, Q, REC, SS ]

Monterey Bay Career Connect

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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Mood Matters Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN)

Mood Matters is a weekly, drop-in, peer support discussion group for persons with depression or bipolar disorder. Family and friends are welcome. There are no dues or fees. Meets — Mondays 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA For more information contact: Steve Wiesinger 831-246-1893 Jesika 408-489-6377
1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, PS, SPED ]

NAMI Parental Support

NAMI Santa Cruz County offers support and classes for families of children with mental illness and for young adults who have mental illness. Our website lists local resources, support groups, peer and parent education classes and community events. We offer classes in the fall and spring that teach families the basic information necessary to take the best care possible of their child, their family, and themselves. The class covers the impact that mental illness has on the child living with the illness and the entire family; and provides tools to use even after completing the program that will assist in making the best decisions possible for the care of the child. For more information visit our website or call (831) 427-8020.
Old Sashmill, 303 Potrero, Bldg 42, Suite 103, Santa Cruz. 523-B Capitola Ave., Capitola, CA 95010. [ CO, PS ]

Nar-Anon Family Groups - Santa Cruz Area

What is Nar-Anon? The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Our program of recovery is adapted from NA and uses our Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts. What is a Nar-Anon Family Group? The Nar-Anon Family Group is for those who know the feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Members share their experiences, strength, and hope at weekly meetings, which are usually held at locations such as treatment and community centers, hospitals, churches, or local twelve-step clubs.
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Nueva Vista Community Resources

Advocacy and referral services. Distributes food and clothing on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Bilingual and bicultural services available. (831) 423-5747
711 E Cliff Dr Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, FN, LS, M ]

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, and counseling and prevention services to students, families, and staff of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). By helping prevent criminal behavior, gang involvement, truancy and school dropout, and drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, PVPSA improves the quality of life in our community and its schools.
335 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, G, HW, PS, SS ]

Parental Stress 24/7 Hotline

Provides over-the-telephone confidential (except situations that legally require reporting) counseling for parents under stress. 831-426-7322
Phone Only [ CO, PS ]

Parents and Teachers as Allies, NAMI Santa Cruz County

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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Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

Helps families with children who have special needs through support groups and referrals. They also have a lending library, as well as an education and tech department.
1400 Parkmoor Avenue Suite 100 San Jose, CA 95126 [ CO, PS ]


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 ]

Rainbow Counseling

Counseling offered on a sliding scale fee for LGBT youth and their family and friends.
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, Q ]

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous-Santa Cruz County

12 Step12 tradition program of recovery for adults of any sexual orientation and support group. The only qualification to be a member is the desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and live addiction. http://slaasantacruz.org/ 831-218-1762 ext.1: Women Only 831-218-1762 ext.2: Men Only
See Website [ CO, HW ]

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Female nurses trained to support rape survivors and perform medical exam. All advocates are bilingual. 831-462-7744
Phone Only [ CO, HW ]

Shine a Light Counseling Center

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit counseling center in Santa Cruz & Los Gatos, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income.
305 Soquel Ave. Suite A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062; 315 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95030. [ CO, HW, PS ]

SPIN of Santa Cruz County (Special Parents Information Network)

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 info@spinsc.org
P.O. Box 2367, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ A, CO, PS, SPED ]

Suicide Prevention Service

Suicide Crisis Line for anyone who is contemplating suicide, is concerned about another person, or is experiencing an emotional crisis. Open to residents of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties. Available 24/7 at 1-877-663-5433. Educational presentations, service provider trainings, and bereavement support groups for survivors of suicide loss also available by contacting the administrative (business hours only) line at 831-459-9373. Phone Only
Phone Only [ CO, HW, PS, Q, SS ]

Survivors Healing Center

Survivors Healing Center offers group therapy to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Support groups are available for women and men as well as for teenage girls and boys.
104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, HW, PS ]

The Lotus Collaborative

The Lotus Collaborative is a holistic health and recovery center for eating disorders. We specializing in eating, weight, exercise, and nutrition concerns including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia, and compulsive exercising. We provide partial hospitalization services, intensive outpatient services, free eating disorder support groups, family therapy, nutritional counseling and transitional living. Our Free Support Groups are open to anyone in the community struggling with an eating disorder, as well as those supporting a loved one who is struggling. We serve teens (14+) and adults — female, male and transgender from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Jose and San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. More information about our free supports groups can be found on our website.
701 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 1610 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. [ CO, FN, HW, M, PS ]

The Trevor Helpline

NATIONWIDE. 24 Hour suicide hotline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. 1-866-488-7386.
Phone Only [ CO, Q ]

Tyler House

Tyler House is a residential dual-diagnosis treatment program for teens with drug and alcohol issues. Through daily participation in counseling and structured activities, Tyler House residents learn to understand and address the issues that have contributed to their emotional struggles and substance use. Bilingual counselors and mental health professionals provide support, education and guidance to help teens meet their individual goals to get sober. The program lasts for four to six months and is for teens age 14 - 17. Call (831) 688-6293 x117 for more information.
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UCSC - Smith Renaissance Society

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 ]

Walnut Avenue Women's Center

24 hour domestic violence hotline (bilingual). Individual and group counseling, peer counseling, education, safe-house for survivors, legal services, and accompaniment to court. No Cost. http://wawc.org Address: 303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 1-866-269-2559
303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ CO, H, LS ]

Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.
130 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FY, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SS, SE ]

WINGS group – Suicide Prevention Services

Group grief support for adults grieving the death of a loved one due to suicide. WINGS (Warm Interactions Navigating the Grief of Suicide) group meets in Santa Cruz. Call the administrative line listed for more information about the group. (831) 459-9373
Phone Only [ CO ]

Women for Sobriety Community Room

Organization whose purpose is to help all women recover from problems with drinking.
See Website [ CO ]

Women’s Crisis Support / Defensa de Mujeres

Domestic violence/sexual assault response and advocacy. 24 hour counseling available for rape survivors. Accompaniment to hospital, police, and court. Pick-up available. Offers alternatives to police intervention. Confidential shelter for battered women & their Children. Services are free or low cost. 9am-5pm M-F. Bilingual and Bicultural services available. (831) 722-4532
233 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, H, LS ]

Your Future Is Our Business

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 Resource Bank

Offer assistance for a wide variety of needs including shoes and clothing, child car seats, school supplies, job placements, mental health counseling, and dental and legal services.
See Website [ A, CO, FN, FY, G, HW, H, LS, REC, SE ]