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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
A coming-of-age program for adolescent boys ages 10-17, that fosters nature awareness, personal growth, and social skills. 831-768-7089 email@example.com
2015 Eureka Canyon Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, M, REC ]
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 ]
Cancer Information Services
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
Dancers can begin classes at 3 years of age with pre-dance. At 7, dancers can choose graded classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Teens and adults can also pursue classes in all levels in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, Latin dance, belly dance and yoga. (831) 475-5032
810 A Bay Ave Capitola, CA 95010 [ M, REC ]
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 ]
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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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 ]
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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Through partnership with Horses in nature they strive to create emotionally healthy and socially competent individuals who become well-adjusted, thriving members of community, and are prepared to make a positive contribution. 650-248-4451 firstname.lastname@example.org
5017 Ironwood Drive Soquel CA 95073 [ M, REC ]
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 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.
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Monterey Bay Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center
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 ]
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 ]
Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) creates healthy relationships that transform our children, ourselves and the world. We promote a model of interaction between children and adults that teaches respect and dignity; fosters a sense of belonging and significance; and brings more joy and compassion to families. When children and all family members have a feeling of belonging and significance, they are more likely to contribute to the well being of the whole group: family, school, and community. PDCR helps parents, teachers, caregivers, administrators, supervisors and managers in homes, schools, offices and businesses to create safe and positive learning and work environments. Using research-based methods, PDCR teaches social and emotional awareness skills that promote initiative, responsibility, resilience and capability.
P.O. Box 5365, Santa Cruz, CA 95063 [ M, PS, SS ]
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 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 ]
Together In The Park, Live Oak & Santa Cruz (LOFRC & Santa Cruz Adult School)(Watsonville/Aptos Adult Ed)
Parenting support and information along with age appropriate activities. Parents and their children, birth to 5 years are welcome. Tuesdays, 10AM-12Noon at Jose Ave. Park, Live Oak. Thursdays, 10AM-12noon at Frederick Street Park Santa Cruz. or call 429-3966. In South County, call 786-2160. In Felton, call 335-6600.
319 La Fonda Ave Santa Cruz, California 95062 [ M, PS, REC ]
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 ]
The Volunteer Center is your source for the latest news, information, and tools to empower you to “Be the Difference” in Santa Cruz County. http://www.scvolunteercenter.com/
Watsonville Volunteer Center 12 Carr Street Watsonville, CA 95076, Santa Cruz Volunteer Center 1740 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 [ M, REC ]
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 ]
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 ]
The Youth City Council program educates high school students about local issues and builds knowledge and skills in civic engagement. Through program participation, youth are empowered to identify emerging issues and implement strategies to address them; many of these youth are propelled into positive civic action that can last a lifetime.
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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 ]