Youth Action Network
May Newsletter
Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
The Youth Action Network continues to stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As the month of May is coming to a close, we plan to celebrate AAPI history and vitality all year long! Interested in learning more about local AAPI history and how to support the AAPI Community? Check out the following links:
Youth Action Network Updates

May Planning Committee Meetings & Next Steps

During the last month of planning meetings, we discussed and mapped out the structure and different roles for the Youth Action Network: click here! Our planning committee discussed who could play a role as a YAN General Member, who should be a part of the YAN Steering Committee, and what values they should have.

Interested in joining the Youth Action Network as a General Member?!
Check out the roles and responsibilities below:
  • Who: Youth, Adult Allies, Community Partners, Stakeholders, and Youth-Serving Organization.
  • Attend Youth Action Network Quarterly Meetings. 
  • Connect, Collaborate, and Share Resources with other YAN Members.
  • Support and foster youth-adult partnerships and viewing youth as equal partners.
  • Support and foster Positive Youth Development Frameworks.
  • Work to create meaningful participation for youth in the community and support youth in community-level decision-making.
  • Support other YAN Youth Leaders, Adult Allies and member organizations in capacity-building workshops or trainings focusing on an area of your expertise such as: youth leadership development, research methodology, policy & advocacy, social justice, and more!  

If you are interested in learning more or would like to become a YAN General Member, please reach out to us!

This summer, we are planning to hold additional planning meetings to develop the YAN Steering Committee Application and the YAN Steering Committee Fall Retreat! We are planning to share the YAN application out with the broader community during the end of summer. For the Fall retreat, YAN Steering Committee Members will map out activities and projects for the upcoming year!
Youth Voice & COVID-19 Vaccine
Meet Lupita from FoodWhat?!

Lupita is using her voice to demystify the COVID vaccine/process and is making the option of getting vaccinated feel more tangible for youth!

In a recent article from the Pajaronian, she stated that "I don't feel like the youth don't care about getting the vaccine. They just want to make sure they're making the right decision for them and their families. I think some of us are still scared and trying to get the right information." Follow this link to watch her other COVID Update videos: click here and this link to read the full article: click here

Youth 12+ are now eligible to get the vaccine!

We support Youth in getting vaccinated and sharing their experiences! Stay tuned to learn about COVID Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics that could be in a location close to you!
Sign up to get your Vaccine Today!
Sign up here to get your vaccine:


Use your phone:
Text VAX to (831) 728-0222
Call (831) 728-0222, option 7
~ United 4 Youth Corner ~

Introducing the United 4 Youth Corner! In this space, we plan to share updates, highlights and events from the United 4 Youth Collaboratives based in Live Oak & Watsonville.

United 4 Youth is a United Way community empowerment model, where teams of non-profits to co-design innovative collaborative programs that lead to sustainable outcomes for our highest needs youth. YAN is excited to collaborate with the United 4 Youth Partners this summer and fall!
United 4 Youth Live Oak: Summer Resource Fair
Interested in learning more about what resources the United 4 Youth Partners in Live Oak provide? Check out their resource Fair!

When: Saturday June 26, 1:30-4:00pm

Where: 1975 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz

Resources available for children & families, mental health, financial, health, senior services, education, general community services.
Community Events & Opportunities
Grants & Scholarships
National Liberation Leader Fellowship: a 12-month intensive fellowship aimed at providing youth with the platform and skills to spark transformative conversations with adults from across the nation. To learn more and apply: click here

Fuerza Latinx Scholarship: open to Latinx High School Seniors from Santa Cruz City Schools going to a 4-year University in the fall of 2021. If you are interested DM @Fuerza_Latinx for an application or email

Bridge to Wellness Fund Application: pvusdstudents_deserve and Pajaro Valley Education Foundation created an emergency fund for PVUSD Students. All funds collected will be used to fund students who are in need of financial assistance to ensure that they can prioritize their learning. Interested in donating: click here
Youth Leadership and Learning Opportunities
We Belong Project
The We Belong Project is looking for local immigrant families that are interested in sharing their experiences and stories with the UCSC research team led by Professor Steve Mckay.

Families will spend 30-120 minutes answering questions via Zoom or Phone and receive a $30 Safeway gift card. All answers will be confidential.

Follow this link to sign up or share with someone you know:

Questions? email:
Summer Opportunities

NESTcorps offers opportunities for youth to learn leadership, project management, logistics, and marketing skills while they work on a project that makes a difference in our local community! This group started to address the needs that arose from COVID-19, but it will continue to tackle the needs in our community even after the pandemic is over. Our three current projects focus on mental health, public health, and poverty within our communities. This Summer members will implement practical solutions to obstacles faced in our community based on the research conducted by members this Spring. This program starts June 16th -August 18th on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm over Zoom. 
E-Unit is a team that designs, plans, and manages events that tie the NEST to the wider community. You will learn how to think critically, solve problems, and see a project through from beginning to end alongside a supportive team! Past events coordinated by this team include holiday parties, game days, fashion shows, and movie screenings. In light of the pandemic, we will get the opportunity to think creatively about how people can connect virtually or at a physical distance. This program starts June 15th- August 17th on Tuesdays from 4-6pm over Zoom.
Launchpad is an opportunity for youth to build skills required to understand our own needs, how to ask for help when we need it, and how to take control of our individual life. They will also acquire the skills needed to understand what is going on in the world and be able to shape our role within our community, family, and ourselves to make a difference. This program starts June 14th - August 16th on Mondays from 4:00- 4:30pm over Zoom.
Community Events
Black Health Matters:
Fresh Air '21
Black Health Matters, in partnership with @santacruzcountyparks @countyparkfriends @cfsantacruzco @unitedwaysantacruz @naacpucsc @blacksurfclubsc will produce FRESH AIR ‘21, a diverse and accessible line up of COVID-mindful events and experiences led by and for Black Santa Cruz County residents in our beautiful outdoor spaces. From movement classes, guided nature hikes, and self care workshops, to weekly virtual content, community gatherings, and celebrations, this summer long campaign is geared towards having a seat at the table for ALL. *Events open to all community members and allies will be advertised as such.

For more information follow @twdcc_dance or
Thank you, Gabby!
We would like to give a huge shoutout to Gabriela Sanchez Ramirez, Jovenes SANOS Coordinator, for co-coordinating the YAN Planning Committee Meetings for the Youth Action Network! She played a pivotal role in developing the meetings and supporting youth voice & youth leadership in our community.

Gabriela's last day with our team was this past month. Although she will no longer be at United Way, she plans to continue working to advocate and empower youth within her community! We would also like to acknowledge and thank Gabriela for all of her hard work and commitment to youth in our community for the past 4 years.

We were so honored to have worked with Gabriela and wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors!
United Way is Hiring
There are two career opportunities currently open at our United Way:

  • Associate Director, Development & Marketing
  • Community Impact Coordinator, Jovenes SANOS (Healthy Youth)

Create a healthy, thriving, and safe Santa Cruz County for all...join our team!

Youth Action Network

Amanda Gamban

4450 Capitola Rd, Ste 106
Capitola, CA 95010

PHONE | [831.479.5466]
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