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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 ]

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 personís 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 ]

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, tpalmer@aptoshs.net
Phone Only, E-mail Only [ M, Q, SS ]

Diversity Center Youth Progam

The Diversity Center Youth Program offers opportunities and activities for queer youth and allies that focus on support, community, and leadership. There are two weekly queer youth meet-ups, Friday from 3:30-6pm at First Christian Church in Watsonville, and Saturdays at the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz from 1-3:30pm. We also have several events during the year including the Breaking the Silence Rally, Back to School Bonfire, and the ever popular, Queer Camp. Additionally, we regularly visit school GSA/QSAs, and host workshops on writing, digital technology, healthy relationships, and more. Please follow Diversity Center Youth Program on tumblr and facebook, or check out our website for up to date information on upcoming events.
1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062 [ PS, Q, SS ]

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 ]

Family Service Agency of the Central Coast

General, family, and group counseling for groups, individuals, couples and families. Sliding fee scale. 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. Also provides rainbow counseling for LGBT clients. Bilingual services offered. Phone: 831-423-9444, Fax: 831-423-1532
104 Walnut Ave., Suite 208, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ CO, Q ]

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 ]

GAP (Gay and Proud) - Salud Para La Gente

GAP welcomes queer youth & allies to organize events in the community, share experiences, socialize and find support in Watsonville. Bilingual and Spanish speakers welcome. nuevavida23@yahoo.com
E-mail Only [ Q ]

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)

All LGBT students and their allies welcome. GSA Advisor: Carolina Martinez, cmartinez@kirby.org
425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School [ Q ]

Queer Youth Task Force

Works to improve the quality of life for all LGBT youth in Santa Cruz County. For educators and youth, we assess unmet needs, strategize new and improve current resources. (831) 427-4004
See Website [ Q ]

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 ]

Safe Schools Project

Works with schools to ensure that they are safe environments for LGBT youth and compliant with California Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Act of 2000.
Director, Safe Schools Project (831) 427-4014 or email ron.indra@qytf.org [ Q, SS ]

Spiritual Resource Guide

Lists many faith groups and churches that are LGBTQ friendly.
1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062 [ Q ]

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 ]

The Trevor Helpline

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

Unity Through Diversity, GSA - Scotts Valley

UTD is a broad-based student club that promotes tolerance and diversity on the SVHS campus. GSA Advisor: Karin Babbitt (831) 439-9555, KBabbitt@santacruz.k12.ca.us
Phone Only [ Q ]