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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 ]
Health insurance program for low income residents. Covered services include pregnancy and postpartum services, health and dental services, hospital stays, long term care, vision care and payment for medications. Bilingual services. Apply in person, online or by phone. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060;18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ FY, HW, H ]
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 Horsemanship & Therapeutic Center
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 ]
Free weekly program for parents and their children birth to 2 years of age. Come play with your children and encourage their healthy growth and development while gathering information and skills to support your growth as a parent.
6134 Highway 9 Felton, CA 95018 [ PS, REC ]
MTNS2SEA partners with schools to provide underserved youth with weekly outdoor adventure outings that focus on leadership skills, goal setting, personal reflection, and environmental awareness. MTNS2SEA's mission is to empower youth using outdoor adventure learning to help them achieve their personal potential. Through outings in the mountains and on the sea, participants will develop a strong foundation for personal health and well-being, expand their understanding of environmental awareness, and gain practical life skills. MTNS2SEA operates during the school year and outings include team building and self-reflection while hiking, sailing, working on environmental stewardship projects, paddling, rock climbing, visiting local environmental historical site visits, and overnight backpacking.
[ HW, M, REC, SE ]