Below are resources for local programs, classes and workshops that provide skills-based training, youth activities, and online tools to develop skills.  Learn more by clicking the buttons to each website.


Alisal Center for the Fine Arts

Alisal Center for the Fine Arts offer programming and workshops in partnership with the local school districts in Monterey County, including Fine Arts Programs and Cultural Programs.

Alliance Career Training Solutions

With locations in Salinas and Santa Cruz, Alliance Career Training Solutions provides classes in software, business, and technical training.

Barrios Unidos Audio Engineering

Barrios Unidos' Audio Engineering program is an exciting FREE 6 week course for youth who are interested in learning all aspects of the recording process including recording, mixing, editing, and mastering. Learn more about this skills training program by visiting their site and contacting the program coordinator!

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 Parternship 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.

Digital Nest

Through training, peer collaboration and professional mentorship, Digital NEST (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Skills with Technology) youth are supported in mastering the technological skills they need to pursue higher education and careers in our globally connected world.

Food, What?!

Food, What?! is a youth empowerment and food justice organization using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for youth to grow into strong, healthy, and resilient teens. Youth from Santa Cruz County can join the FoodWhat Crew through Spring Internships, Summer Jobs, Fall Project Management Positions. Learn more about Food What?! programs.

Girls, Inc

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast delivers innovative, research-based programs designed specifically to address the strengths and needs of girls ages 8 to 18.  They inspire girls to pursue post-secondary education, develop leadership and decision-making skills, serve their communities, and acquire the ability and wisdom to lead healthy lifestyles.

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.


Founded by Your Future Is Our Business, a Santa Cruz County nonprofit, LINK connects students with local businesses and professionals to provide work-based learning opportunities.

Loaves, Fishes & Computers

Through volunteering at Loaves, Fishes & Computers (LFC), volunteers gain valuable technical, business and administrative skills appropriate for career exploration, career development, and higher education advancement. They also learn problem solving skills and how to work collaboratively as well as independently.

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 site for more information or visit their Facebook page.

Rancho Cielo Youth Corps

Rancho Cielo Youth Corps is an on-the-job training program serving young people, 18–24, to be prepared for regular full time employment. Our crews learn through their involvement in a variety of construction projects that teach everything from work ethics to complex construction skills.

Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership

The Santa Cruz County Career Technical Education Partnership provides high school students with the opportunity to acquire academic, career and technical skills and to prepare for life-long learning and success in the changing workplace. Click here for course catalog.

Santa Cruz County Fairgounds Foundation Youth Leadership Program

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation Youth Leadership Program aims to educate and inspire youth to preserve and enrich agriculture and community heritage. Students with vital skills to build future leaders in our area that will help us preserve our agriculture economy.

Sueños Program

Sueños is a program of Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board that helps teenagers and young adults (ages 16 to 24) develop workplace skills that will prepare them to enter and thrive in an increasingly competitive labor market.

YMCA Lifeguard Training

The YMCA of Silicon Valley offers Lifeguard Training at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek.  Learn more about Camp Campbell here.

Youth Ambassadors for Peace

Youth Ambassadors for Peace Program (YAP) is a program of the Monterey County Workforce Development Board for participants between the ages of 16 and 24. Program services include: job shadowing, work readiness training, personal money management, life skills education, mentoring, and referrals to vocation training.

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!

Your Future Is Our Business

Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB) programs provide work-based learning opportunities to middle and high school students. YFIOB coordinates career panels, career expos, job shadowing, internships, and mentorships within Santa Cruz County.  Learn more about YFIOB programs.

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.