Find resources for local programs, classes and workshops that provide skills-based training, youth activities, and online tools to develop skills by location OR age level:


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Bay Area Cyber Camps

These camps are built to educate students to the fundamentals of Cybersecurity and prepare them for the 2019-2020 competition year. The goal is to provide students the tools, knowledge and experience they’ll need to not only participate in the various contests throughout the year, but also begin their workforce training in a fun environment! Participating colleges include: Cabrillo College, Hartnell College, and Monterey Peninsula College.

Cabrillo Youth Summer Programs

Every summer Cabrillo Extension offers an inclusive, safe, and positive learning environment where kids (age 5-18) can dive deep into their hobbies or passions, explore career paths, learn new skills—and have tons of fun in the process. Diverse programming includes everything from creative culinary camps to hands-on STEM experiences to adventures in art to building skills to help student succeed in college and beyond.

Community Partnership for Youth

Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence.  The program consists of an After School Mentor-Tutor Program, an 5 week Summer Intercession Program, a Middle School Leadership Program, a High School Leadership & Job Preparation Program, a 7 week Strengthening Families Program (SFP), and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Learn more about CPY programs.

Friday Night Live

Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live Partnership is comprised of the Friday Night Live (FNL) and Club Live (CL) programs. These programs are multi-cultural, youth-driven and lead. The program promotes, healthy lifestyle choices in our community, develops and strengthens leadership skills for positive social change , organizes student conferences addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues and sponsors parent workshops on issues affecting youth.

GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives seeks to provide an effective, efficient, and equitable pathway into the solar industry. More than 3 million US workers are employed in well-paying clean energy jobs. GRID’s installation training programs help individuals launch careers in this booming industry. GRID offers two progressive certificate programs – Installation Basics Training (IBT) and Team Leader Training. Trainees may specialize in electrical or array work, or both.

Growing Up Wild

The mission of Growing Up Wild is to help youth connect with nature, build character, and learn about the environment by providing outdoor youth development and environmental education programs. Outdoor environmental education program benefits include personal growth, academic achievement, environmental knowledge, critical thinking, and civic engagement.

Pathways 2 Careers

Get paid to gain employability skills with the Monterey County Workforce Development Board’s paid work experience program in forklift, agriculture or culinary! Youth must be 16-24 years of age and not currently enrolled in school to qualify. These programs provide cash incentives for the completion of program goals, and support services such as transportation, interview clothes, work clothes, books for school, child care assistance, and more. Please visit their sitefor more information or visit their Facebook page.

Salud y Cariño

Salud y Cariño partners with other community-based organizations to promote health and wellness for girls through physical activity, prevention, and education. Girls Group is a FREE after school program that combines physical activity and a social-emotional curriculum to promote overall wellness for girls at a critical time in their development.

Volunteer Initiative Program

The Volunteer Initiative Program matches interested community members with volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Cruz County Government.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work with County departments including the District Attorney’s Office, the Health Services Agency, the Human Resources Agency, Law Library, Parks and Recreation, Personnel, Probation, and the Sheriff’s Department. These volunteer opportunities are great for professional development and skills-building.

Youth and Government Institute 2019

YAGI is a four-week program for youth ages 14-18 who have an interest in government and leadership. During the four-week program, they will learn the functions of local government, explore careers within local government, and discover ways in which they can advocate for positive change. They will have opportunities to meet their elected officials, department directors and other city staff. Click here to apply!

Youth N.O.W.

Youth N.O.W. provides two after school student centers that provides no-cost tutoring and academic support, computer labs, and printing services, as well as, a safe social environment for middle and high school youth in the downtown Watsonville area. During the summer, Youth N.O.W. also offers a five-week full day program for middle school youth and half day programming for high school youth.

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