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Cabrillo College - College and Career Night

Held the first Monday in November at Cabrillo College. Meet with colleges, career and academic programs and attend transfer and financial aid workshop. 831.477.3246,
6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, SE ]

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 - Main Campus

Cabrillo College is a community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic, career, and personal development goals.
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003, Phone: 831.479.6100 [ A, SE ]

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 - Running Start

Provides graduating high school seniors from Santa Cruz County high school priority registration for Fall classes. 831.479.5759
Main Campus 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, SE ]

Cabrillo College - Scotts Valley Center

Offers classes to help with career and educational goals.
104 Whispering Pines Dr. Scotts Valley, CA 95066, Phone: 831.477.3400 [ A, SE ]

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 ]

Cabrillo Summer Youth Institute

The Cabrillo Youth Summer Institute (CYSI) gives junior high and high school students the opportunity to begin their journey to college & careers. Students spend a week exploring a chosen “career path” through both classroom and hands-on activities. 831.477.3246
6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, 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 ]

Career Exploration - Career Zone

This online service is available through the Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) website. Career information and resources for middle school and high school students. Students can do self assessments, explore job sectors and occupations.
6500 Soquel Drive 2100B Aptos, CA. 95003 [ A, SE ]

Career Exploration - My Success Plan

This online service is available through the Santa Cruz County College Commitment (S4C) website. Provides guidance on creating a success plan including steps to take during high school years.
6500 Soquel Drive 2100B Aptos, CA. 95003 [ A, SE ]

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 ]

Santa Cruz County College Commitment

The goal of S4C is to improve career and college readiness and completion for students in Santa Cruz County, so that every student succeeds. 831.477.3246,
6500 Soquel Dr. Rm. 2100 B Aptos, CA 95003 [ A, SE ]

Santa Cruz County College Commitment - 4th Grade Experience

Each May over 3000 4th grade students from across Santa Cruz County will visit Cabrillo College where they will get a first-hand look at a day on campus. 831.477.3246,
6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 [ M, SE ]

Santa Cruz Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

The Santa Cruz County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides student 16+ with the opportunity to acquire career training and technical skills that prepare them for success in a changing workplace and continuing education. They provided job training for youth 16 and older and some adults (currently restricted to a few programs). Internships.
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, SE ]

Sueños Program

The Sueños Program provides youth with a supportive learning environment, encourages them to set attainable career goals, connects them to community resources, and helps youth establish valuable and lasting relationships.
229 Green Valley Rd, Freedom, CA 95019 [ A, M, SE ]

Work 4 Youth

"Santa Cruz County youth, ages 14 to 24, are provided with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through both subsidized and unsubsidized job placements. Youth ages 14-15 will be permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. Youth ages 16-24 will be permitted to work 25 to 30 hours a week. Space is limited, so be sure to apply early! W4Y is for youth with no employment. "
See Website [ A, 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 ]

211

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 ]

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 ]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

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 ]

Boys & Girls Club

A youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social, and character development of girls and boys ages 6-18. Director: Tom O'Rourke 831-423-3138 ext. 21
543 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, M, REC, SE ]

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 ]

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 ]

FAFSA/Pell Grant

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.
See Website [ A, SE ]

Families in Transition (FIT)

FIT works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Options include: One time rental assistance payments to prevent eviction or obtain housing Time limited phased rental assistance. Housing scholarships while a parent is completing a job training program. Transitional housing for up to 18 months. Shared supportive housing for parents in recovery. (831) 458-7124
210 High St Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ H, PS, SE ]

FOOD, WHAT?!

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.
See Website [ A, FN, HW, M, SE ]

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 ]

Learn to Discover

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's Art

Mariposa’s Art 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's Art TEACH model delivers year-long teacher training coupled with lessons in the arts to high school students. Together with professional Mariposa's Art facilitators, 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’s Art 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’s Art has numerous programs including Art TEACH, Mural TEACH, Drama TEACH, Guitar TEACH, African Drum TEACH, and Hip Hop Poetry.
[ G, HW, M, REC, SE ]

ProjectMERIT

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 ]

The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center Santa Cruz County is building an equitable community where LGBTQ+ people thrive.
1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ HW, M, PS, Q, REC, SS, SE ]

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 ]

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 ]

Workforce Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community and offers four (4) conveniently located Career Centers plus the online Virtual Career Center.
Watsonville Career Center at 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville; Capitola Career Center at 2045 40th Avenue, Suite B, Capitola; Goodwill Central Coast Santa Cruz Career Center at 350 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz; Watsonville Youth Center at 17 Aspen Way, Watsonville. [ SE ]

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 ]