Youth Action Network August Newsletter
Watsonville Youth-Pop Up Highlights
Thank you to everyone who participated and attended our last Youth-Pop-Up Event in Watsonville this past Friday! And a big thank you to our table partners for sharing your resources and programs with youth and families.

Our Goals for the Pop-Up:
  • Connecting to local resources and youth programs
  • Learning about the Stress Busters tools to increase their mental wellbeing
  • Finding new opportunities and meeting new people

Thank you to our wonderful planning team-Digital Nest, Youth Center, and
Luna y Sol- for helping us organize this event!

Thank you to Raul Ebio for taking fantastic photos of the event. We plan to share more photos and a full event recap with the network and partners early week! Stay tuned!
YEI/YAN Leadership Camp Highlights
Thank you to all the amazing students that attended the YEI & YAN Tech Camp this summer!

We had a great time exploring the UCSC campus and creating new friendships. During the camp, students learned about Canva, Video Design, and Storyboarding.

Thank you to the UCSC YEI Team and Everette Program for hosting this camp. Wishing everyone a great start to the school year!

And a big shout out to the YAN team for being amazing leaders❤️
We are Hiring!
Youth Action Network
Community Impact Coordinator
The Youth Action Network is now seeking a Community Impact Coordinator to staff and coordinate the activities of the Santa Cruz County Youth Action Network (YAN). YAN is a countywide community collaborative working to promote youth-wellbeing by connecting young people to resources and opportunities to create positive community change and elevate their voices in decision-making.

Amanda Gamban, the Youth Action Network Coordinator, is transitioning into the Resource Development and Marketing Manager Role at United Way of Santa Cruz County. Although she will no longer coordinate the Youth Action Network, she is excited to support YAN in a new way and see what the YAN Youth Steering Committee and Network will accomplish this year.

In her new role, she has the opportunity to strengthen her skills in non-profit development and continue to support and tell the story of United Way's outstanding programs and work for the community. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, please check out the job description HERE and turn in your cover letter and resume to Sarah Emmert at

Youth Resources and Community Events
Friday Night Live - Youth in Action Summit
This event is FREE a peer-to-peer leadership training that is developed and hosted by the youth of Friday Night Live (FNL) and supported by FNL adult allies. The goal of our event is to provide a safe and supportive space for all youth from across Santa Cruz County to connect with one another through fun and interactive activities and workshops that build self-confidence, community, and youth leadership skills.
Join us in our 2022 YAS event and learn more about yourself, your peers, and how to share your voice!

Who: All youth entering grades 6th - 12th are invited to join the 2022 Youth in Action Summit (YAS) event!

When: Saturday, September 10th from 10am-3:30pm (Lunch provided)

Where: Aptos Village Park- 100 Aptos Creek Road  
Contact: call (831)359-8450 or email 

English Registration: click here
Spanish Registration: click here
Space is limited, secure your spot today! 
Join Jóvenes SANOS

Jóvenes Sanos is recruiting members to participate in the 2022-2023 School Year!

👉 Are you ready to make a difference in your community?
👉 Are you ready to explore your mental wellness?
👉 Are you ready to stop the stigma around mental health?

Follow this link to apply: click here
Watsonville Teen Action Council
WATSONVILLE, CA - Announcing a new Teen program! The Library and Parks departments are teaming up to create Teen Action Council (TAC), which will introduce teens to local government, give them a voice on both the Library Board and Parks Commission, and help them build leadership skills.
The application deadline is Friday, September 30, 2022. Interested teens(ages 13 to 18) can apply online at or pick up a paper application at the Library or the G.H.W.R. Youth Center.

For more information about TAC, teens can contact Jillian Wilson, Teen Librarian, at
Regeneracion Climate Justice Internship Position
Regeneracion is hiring a high school or college student for a paid Climate Justice Internship position! 

The intern will work an average of 4 hours per week with $17/hour compensation as a part time, non-regular position employee. Students will need to send a resume and short paragraph on why they are interested in the position to
Please contact Maria at or if you have any questions.
Youth Decoy Program
Want to Become a Minor Decoy?

The Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Program allows local law enforcement agencies to use male and female volunteers 18 or 19 years of age as decoys to purchase alcoholic beverages from on and off licensed premises. The volunteer decoys will be observed and supervised during each investigation. The volunteers shall not consume alcoholic beverages or carry weapons. The volunteer may be asked to testify in court hearings or administrative hearings. They must possess a valid California Driver’s License or Identification Card. They must satisfactorily complete a background check with a minimum time commitment to the program of 6 months.

To learn more about this program watch this video: MINOR DECOY OPERATION - YouTube

For more information please contact Deputy Sheriff, Kristopher Koenig at
Survey Opportunity: Youth Feedback on Crisis Programs
The county is building two programs for youth experiencing mental health crises. We want to include the voices and opinions of the youth in our community. Could you please complete this 1-minute anonymous survey? Feel free to pass onto your friends! Thanks!

The survey will close next Monday, 8/22 at 5pm

Continue to Celebrate Pride with Pajaro Valley Pride!

When: Sunday, August 21st
Time: 11:00-3:00pm
Where: YWCA in Watsonville

If you'd like to volunteer, march and/or booth with your business or organization, check out the links below.
Happy Pride!
Salud y Carino "Evening on the Terrace" Save the Date!
After two long years, Salud y Carino is hosting their "Evening on the Terrace" to benefit their programming.

You will get to hear first-hand from our alumnae leaders how Salud y Cariño is creating connections and community through weekly groups that promote leadership, confidence and overall health and wellness.

If you would like to sponsor the event or have items/services to donate, email

To register for the event: click here
Enroll in Ethnic Studies at Pajaro Valley Unified School District!
Are you attending a public high school in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District? Would you like to take classes that satisfy UC and CSU A-G requirements while learning relevant content?

Enroll in the available Ethnic Studies classes that are listed! Ethnic Studies is the study of histories, experiences, cultures, and issues of racial-ethnic groups, or minorities in the United States.

Want to learn more? Feel free to scan the QR code on the flyer for course descriptions, or reach out to your academic counselor at your high school. Course Descriptions and listed teachers provided by Watsonville, Pajaro Valley, and Aptos High School websites.

Flyer designed by members of the Digital NEST in the Summer 2022 NESTcorps Community Service course.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity
Please consider these upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid training opportunities, offered by our partners at AIM Youth Mental Health:
  • August Training: 2 Evening Sessions Mon & Tues August 15 & 16 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm PT
  • September Training: One Session Friday, September 2nd from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm PT
  • October Training: One Session Tuesday, October 4th from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm PT

Learn more and register here: For inquiries, email:
2022 Kids Count Data Book
The 33rd edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book describes how children in America are in the midst of a mental health crisis, struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels.

This year’s publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. The report includes pre-pandemic figures as well as more recent statistics and shares the latest information of its kind available.

Follow this link to access the new data: click here
Santa Cruz County Schools
Student & Family Behavioral Health Supports 

SIBHI (Schools Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative) and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education created a robust list of student and family behavioral health resources. Please follow this link to for Student & Family Behavioral Health Resources
Are you interested in sharing any youth-related opportunities and community events? Please email your submissions and graphics to share by the
2nd Friday of every month. Email:

Youth Action Network

Amanda Gamban


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Capitola, CA 95010

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