Special Edition: Insights and Innovations
Insights & Innovations during COVID-19

The Youth Violence Prevention Network is a collaborative of community stakeholders and members that are committed to promoting youth well-being in Santa Cruz County.

We would like to highlight organizations who have innovated their services to serve and support youth and families during COVID-19. Through their efforts and dedication, youth and families are connected, engaged and supported during this unprecedented time.Thank you to everyone who is continuing to serve the amazing and resilient youth and families of Santa Cruz County!

We also listed volunteer opportunities where you can support youth and other community COVID-19 relief efforts.
United 4 Youth Innovations
Zoom Meetings for High School Students:
United 4 Youth in Watsonville has created a virtual space for students to connect. Every Friday, a different youth-serving organization in the United 4 Youth collaborative will host a meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for students to connect and learn about resources that are available for them!

Next Meeting is this Friday, May 1st hosted by Youth Serve from
Watsonville :

Youth Serve: created virtual and at home service projects to ensure the safety of volunteers. The service projects they offer intends to help those most affected by the pandemic (primarily seniors).

Youth Now : provides d irect 1:1 support with youth and their families that are enrolled in Youth N.O.W. They are also offering free online tutoring and virtual guitar classes.

Community Action Board: over the phone job readiness support, case management and mentoring. Also offering DACA support services & renewals.

Pajaro Valley Prevention: providing over the phone counseling services for new and existing clients. Also hosting parent support groups via Zoom. The next meet ing is April 30th @3:00pm You can connect via zoom at or contact them @ (831) 728-6445 with any questions.

Conflict Resolution Center: offering virtual meditation and community zoom meetings. Community Meetings are every Tuesday & Friday (sign up on Facebook ).
Santa Cruz:

Your Future is our Business: providing free online informational interviews. Also hosting: What to Be Radio Show Live on Sundays @ 7:00 90.7FM KSQD.

Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center: c ontinues to have regularly scheduled appointments with participants in the form of phone check-ins. Live Story Time every Tuesday @3:45pm (via Instagram or Facebook )

Monarch Services: m eeting with survivors via teleconferencing ,email, phone & zoom. Providing support groups and holding client meetings electronically.

Boy & Girls Club: offering club kits to go and virtual activities for Downtown, Live Oak, & Scotts Valley locations.

Yoga for all Movement: online yoga classes and first-ever virtual yoga festival this Saturday, May 2nd!

Live Oak Community Resources: continuing to provide essential services on a drop-in basis for any community member in need. Resource distributions and free bilingual mental health and wellness support.
More Innovations
Digital Nest:

Digital Nest is offering a variety of programs and activities online for students! Through Instagram, they are hosting photography challenges, daily routine tips and WIT Wednesdays where you can learn about technology. Students can also meet their local artists via podcast.

They also created Nest Corps, a youth-led volunteering initiative. They are working on creating a website to share resources youth, virtual content for kindergartners-2nd graders, fundraise for the Undocufund, and help publicize the Campesino Caravan! Stay tuned for more updates!

Digital Nest is also hosting Impactathons, which are weekend events focused on teaching youth about social justice and technology.

Impactathon Part 1: Friday May 22, Saturday 23, Sunday - 24
Impactathon Part 2: Friday May 29th, Saturday May 30th, Sunday May, 31st
Register Here:

Jovenes SANOS:

Huge shout out to our friends at Jovenes SANOS! They have creating a variety of engaging virtual content for youth! You can find home work-outs & healthy recipes on their Facebook & Instagram .

Jovenes SANOS is also offering 1:1 mentoring meetings, college workshops and fundraising for the UndocuFund!

PAL Watsonville:
PAL is offering a large variety of virtual activities:
  • Wellness Sundays
  • Creative Activity Tuesdays
  • Triva Thursdays
  • Physical Fridays
  • Boot Camp & Zumba with YMCA
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Virtual Cooking Classes
  • Meditation Sessions
  • Photography Workshop
  • and more!!!
You can sign up for their activities calendar here:

County Park Friends:

Great 2020 Challenge : Weekly activity challenge, open to all, with prizes for participants delivered to homes. Books, food cards and more. Facebook event is easiest access, or their website.

Noon in the Park: Facebook LIVE daily event featuring teachers from across the county. Each event shares the Top 3 Tips for safe outdoor exercise, followed by stories written by local youth. Tune in or watch the videos later on their facebook page .

COVID Park Access : is where you can get updates about closures for every park and public space across the county.
Santa Cruz City Police:
You Are Not Alone (YANA Program)

The YANA program is free to all City of Santa Cruz residents and now extended to all of Santa Cruz County. It helps to provide ongoing contact for seniors, persons with disabilities, or anyone that can benefit from the regular connection. Volunteers with the police department call the participants who have signed up. If several phone calls go unanswered, the Volunteer initiates a series of steps to ensure the participant's safety and well -being.

If you would like someone to check up on you during the current COVID-19 pandemic, contact our YANA coordinator at 831-420-5916 , or by email at . One of their volunteers will call you periodically to see how you are doing, but remember, if you are having an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Support Youth:

Other Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Volunteer Center: providing a variety of volunteer opportunities to support those who are affected by COVID-19 ranging from emergency response volunteers, grocery support for vulnerable seniors, mental health support services, mask making & more!
  • Holy Cross Food Pantry: for over 25 years they have operated to support the community. They are looking for volunteers to support community members impacted by COVID-19. Sign Up Here!
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