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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 ]

Arts Council Santa Cruz County SPECTRA Arts Education

SPECTRA Matching Grants provide schools from throughout the County with up to $1,500 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.
1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, G, HW, M, Q, REC, SPED, SE ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Mariposa Arts

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Youth in Wilderness Program (Ventana Wilderness Alliance)

Youth in Wilderness (YiW) provides a unique wilderness immersion experience for local young people of central California. On overnight backpacking trips in the Big Sur backcountry (Ventana and Silver Peak Wildernesses - native lands of the Rumsen, Esselen, and Salinan people), local young adults are welcomed to nature in a safe, fun and inclusive way. Those who participate on YiW backpacking trips gain leadership experience, undergo self-discovery, and are introduced to environmental conservation ethics. They will also be introduced to the intersection between environmental and social justice. All trips are free for participants - all essential backpacking gear, leadership, and food is provided. We collaborate with Community Partners who help us recruit participants and arrange for their own transportation. All overnight backpacking trips are supported by preparatory workshops, either at partner sites or on day-hikes at regional parks with the backpacking group.
PO Box 506, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 [ A, FN, FY, G, M, Q, REC ]