Youth Action Network July Newsletter
Watsonville Youth Pop-Up!
The United Way of Santa Cruz County’s Youth Action Network and Jóvenes  Sanos are wrapping up the annual “Spring – Summer Pop-up Event Series” - in Watsonville on Friday, August 12th, at the Youth Center.

Together, and in collaboration with the Youth Center, Community Action Board, and Digital Nest, this event will highlight the outstanding programs for youth in Watsonville and connect youth to resources to help support their mental wellness and help them thrive.

Our goals for this event are to support youth in:
  • 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

If you are interested in tabling or getting involved, please contact Youth Action Network Coordinator Amanda Gamban @

Check out our feature in Growing Up Santa Cruz, covering the Pop-Up Events: click here & Follow us on Instagram to learn about past pop-up events: click here
Youth Action Network Fall 2022
The Youth Action Network is preparing for year two of projects and programming. The YAN team, along with other youth programs, will have the opportunity to continue our research with UCSC as well as continue civic engagement work to increase youth voice in decision-making. Stay tuned to learn how you can get involved this school year.

Would you like to receive the YAN application at the end of August?
Sign up by filling out this form: click here

Follow us on Instagram at @yan_santacruzcounty to stay up to date and learn about upcoming opportunities!
Naomi Wadler on Raising Youth Voices and Youth Advocates
The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently interviewed Naomi Wadler, a youth advocate against gun violence, and her first speaking engagement at the 2018 March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

In this interview, she discusses how adults and decision makers can support young leaders and what youth should keep in mind as they speak up and seek meaningful change.

Check out her interview by following this link: click here
Youth Resources and Community Events
United Way of Santa Cruz- Stuff the Bus
Join the Stuff the Bus Event on Saturday, August 13th!

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way of Santa Cruz County are working together to fill 3,000 backpacks with new school supplies for students experiencing homelessness or extreme hardship in our community.

Interested in donating or getting involved?
Follow this link to learn more: click here

Volunteers Needed! Sign Up to Volunteer Today: click here.
*Students have the opportunity to earn community service hours*
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!
Santa Cruz City Schools- Free Food
Santa Cruz City Schools is able to offer Free Breakfast and Lunch to ALL STUDENTS this school year.

In order to keep this program going, students and families have to sign up at:
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 benifit their programing.

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

Save the Date:
September 30th @5:30pm
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.

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 3rd Friday of every month. Email:

Youth Action Network

Amanda Gamban


4450 Capitola Rd, Ste 106
Capitola, CA 95010

PHONE | [831.479.5466]
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