Thankful for our
Youth N.O.W. family

Thank you to all the families who joined us for our Thanksgiving Dinner Family Night, it was a spectacular event! There was plenty of delicious food (tamales, pozole, etc!) with everyone enjoying a bit of everything. Compliments to our cook Antonia, one of our wonderful volunteers, for preparing the meals. We also held a raffle for all who attended – congratulations to every single winner! We are proud to share it was a successful family night with a total of 88 people attending! We loved seeing new and familiar faces engaging with one another as we enjoyed a meal as one big Youth N.O.W. family.

Agradecidos por nuestra familia de Youth N.O.W. 

Gracias a todas las familias que se unieron con nosotros para nuestra cena de Acción de Gracias, ¡Fue un evento espectacular! Había mucha comida deliciosa (tamales, pozole, etc.) con todos disfrutando un poco de todo. Gracias a nuestra cocinera Antonia, una de nuestras maravillosas voluntarias, por preparar las comidas. También organizamos una rifa para todos los que asistieron. ¡Felicidades a todos los ganadores! ¡Estamos orgullosos de compartir lo que fue una exitosa Noche de Familia con un total de 88 personas en asistencia! Nos encantó ver caras nuevas y familiares conviviendo, mientras disfrutamos de una comida como una gran familia de Youth N.O.W. 
Middle School Rec/Enrichment

Youth N.O.W. offers enrichment classes to our youth that will help them with their education, health, and basic life skills. We have an amazing Recreational Coordinator, Coach Bobo, who engages our youth in a multitude of sports and team building activities. Aside from a good ‘ol game of dodgeball (which our students LOVE) they also have a blast participating in team building games. It’s a fun way for them to get to know each other, build trust, and learn how to work together to accomplish a goal. At Youth N.O.W., we want our students to learn the importance and benefits of collaborating with one another, all the while having fun building strong friendships. This past month, Jennifer from the County of Health, has been teaching our students about new foods, ingredients, and showing them how to make simple but yummy recipes! Art is another enrichment class our students are always excited for. A special shout-out to Monte Vista Christian National Honor Society students for not only helping our students with their homework but also leading them in weekly art projects. Our students recently made an altar for Pajaro Valley Arts Council, “Mi Casa es Tu Casa” art exhibit. Each student made a piñata that symbolized something important in their lives. The stories behind those piñata’s were beautiful and very meaningful, it amazed us to see how open our students were about sharing their family values and what is important to them. “I’ve seen how talented our students are. They love [art] and continue pushing forward with their amazing artwork. They’re always asking us if we can put it on our wall, that shows me how proud they are of their work. We are too! Soon we will have our center filled with all the cool artwork made from them!” - Melina, Middle School Program Assistant
"I like cooking class because
it teaches us how to be healthy"

"Me gusta la clase de cocina porque
nos enseña a estar sanos."

- Sebastian Cisneros,
8th Grade
"I like art because it helps
you express your feelings"

"Me gusta el arte porque ayuda
expresar los sentimientos."

- Christopher Guadarrama,
6th Grade
Students of the Month
8 th grade
Christina has been selected as our middle school Student of the Month! Christina always has a positive attitude, whether it's during recreation or while she’s in the learning center. She also never fails to greet staff members on her way in, as well as on her way out! When a fellow classmate is having trouble solving a homework problem, she always makes herself available to explain how she found the solution. Christina makes sure to use the time she has in program wisely and will communicate what resources she needs from our staff in order to be successful. Congratulations Christina! Youth N.O.W. is proud to honor you as our Student of the Month for December!
12 th grade
Salvador has been selected as our high school Student of the Month! Sal (as everyone calls him) always comes into Youth N.O.W. with a big friendly smile. Sal has been coming to Youth N.O.W. for several years and has used our student resources to thrive in his education. He gets along great with everyone and has genuine 
conversations with everyone he meets. He enjoys taking pictures, weightlifting and helping others in any way possible. Sal loves to participate in all our activities and trips. He is a senior at Watsonville High School and hopes to graduate and continue his education at Sacramento State University. Youth N.O.W. staff is excited to see Sal continue his education and grow! Congratulations Salvador! Youth N.O.W. is proud to honor you as our Student of the Month for December!
Join us in supporting the youth in our community!
¡Únete a nosotros para apoyar a los jóvenes en nuestra comunidad!
Youth N.O.W. has been chosen to participate in this year's Santa Cruz Gives Campaign! We are raising funds to provide scholarships for our next Cultivating Success Ceremony in May 2020. At this event, a total of six inspiring middle and high school youth will be recognized for their academic dedication, growth, and leadership. Each student will receive a small scholarship honoring their achievements that will help them purchase school supplies, pay for college expenses, or explore creative interests. All donors with a minimum $5 donation will be added into a drawing for TWO tickets to our Cultivating Success dinner event. Meet the students, families, and our community partners as we celebrate 10 years in the community! Tickets for the event are available for purchase online through our website. Will YOU join us in supporting the youth in our community? Our campaign is open until Dec. 31st.
Donate today. Thank you!
¡Youth N.O.W. a sido elegido para participar en la Campaña de Donaciones de Santa Cruz! Estamos recaudando fondos para proporcionar becas para nuestra próxima Ceremonia de Cultivar Éxito en Mayo del 2020. En este evento, un total de seis jóvenes inspiradores de secundaria y preparatoria serán reconocidos por su dedicación académica, crecimiento y liderazgo. Cada estudiante recibirá una pequeña beca en honor a sus logros que los ayudará a comprar útiles escolares, pagar los gastos de la universidad o explorar intereses creativos. Todos los donantes con una donación mínima de $5 se agregarán a un sorteo de DOS boletos para nuestro evento de cena Cultivando el Éxito. ¡Conozca a los estudiantes, las familias y nuestros socios comunitarios mientras celebramos 10 años en la comunidad! Los boletos para el evento están disponibles en línea a través de nuestro sitio web. Unete a nosotros para apoyar a los jóvenes de nuestra comunida. Nuestra campaña está abierta hasta el 31 de diciembre.
¡Done ahora, gracias!
Thank you Granite Construction!
Thank you to Granite Construction for hosting our 3rd Annual Baked Goods and Craft Baskets Silent Auction, held at the Watsonville Campus in November. Thank you to the Granite family and Youth N.O.W. staff, families, and students for all your contributions. Our event was a huge success raising $3,000 that will go directly to supporting our local youth! A special thank you to Blanca Johnston, board member, for coordinating this successful event. We appreciate Granite Construction's ongoing support!
Upcoming Events
MS Holiday Party
Thur., December 12th
from 3:30-5:30 pm
@ 15 Madison St.
Pictures with Santa
Sat., December 14th
from 10:00 am-3:00 pm
@ 723 E. Lake Ave.
HS Holiday Party
Wed., December 18th
from 5:00-7:00 pm
@ 31 Carr St.
Last Day of Program for both MS & HS site
Wed., December 18th
*Program reopens Tuesday, January 21st*
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