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Work 4 Youth

"Santa Cruz County youth, ages 14 to 24, are provided with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through both subsidized and unsubsidized job placements. Youth ages 14-15 will be permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. Youth ages 16-24 will be permitted to work 25 to 30 hours a week. Space is limited, so be sure to apply early! W4Y is for youth with no employment. "
See Website [ A, SE ]

Work Experience (WEX)

Subsidized Work Experience (WEX) placements, continued service to youth ages 14 through 16, the contract requirement to restrict services to youth living in the Watsonville and Freedom zip codes, training and certification program options, and contracting capacity.
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, M, SE ]

Walnut Avenue Women's Center

24 hour domestic violence hotline (bilingual). Individual and group counseling, peer counseling, education, safe-house for survivors, legal services, and accompaniment to court. No Cost. http://wawc.org Address: 303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 1-866-269-2559
303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ CO, H, LS ]

Warriors Basketball Camp

A program whose philosophy is to give players of all skill levels and abilities, the opportunity to improve their game in a positive playing environment with teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play being central to everything.
See Website [ REC ]

Watsonville Parks & Community Services - Recreation Centers

Callaghan Park Cultural Center - free drop-in program offers youth opportunities to build skills, meet friends and learn new things. Some of the many activities offered include foosball, pool, basketball, board games, and art classes. Structured games and activities occur daily. Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center - one stop afterschool “chill spot.” The G.H.W.R. Youth Center offers free programs and services for youth ages 6-22 years old. Kick it with your friends, get homework help, or check out a variety of exciting activities. Teen Room where you can hang out, watch TV or listen to music, bring your game console and hook it up to our TV with surround sound. In addition, the Youth Center offers a variety of trips, classes, and special and late night events for middle and high school students. Marinovich Park Community Center - Free, fun drop-in activities, in a safe and supportive environment. The drop-in program includes arts & crafts activities, physical activities, cooking classes, trips, non-competitive tournaments and much more! Muzzio Park Community Center - home of our popular gymnastics program. Ramsay Park Family Center Muzzio Ramsay Park Family Center - The Ramsay Park Family Center offers the F.L.Y.E.R.S. after school program and Camp W.O.W. during summer, winter and spring breaks from school.
Callaghan Park Cultural Center: 225 Sudden St., Watsonville. Phone: 728-6084. Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center: 30 Maple Ave., Watsonville. Phone: 768-3248. Marinovich Community Center: 120 Second St., Watsonville: Phone: 768-3250. Muzzio Park Community Center: 26 W. Front St., Watsonville. Phone: 763-9089. Ramsay Park Family Center: 1301 Main St., Watsonville. Phone: 768-3270. [ A, M, REC ]

Watsonville Parks & Community Services - Summer Aquatics Program

We are offering our summer aquatics program at Watsonville High School again this summer. The program features swim lessons and a daily drop-in recreational swim program. All of our friendly and well-trained staff members are American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. We have swim lessons for a variety of ages and levels of experience. From our Parents and Tots class designed for parents to introduce their toddler to the water to our Swimmers class designed for experience swimmers wishing to fine tune their strokes, we classes for almost everyone. In addition, we offer nearly 2 hours of recreational swim time each afternoon.
City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department 231 Union St. Watsonville, CA 95076 831-768-3240 Customer Service Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [ REC ]

Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.
130 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, FY, G, HW, M, PS, REC, SS, SE ]

WINGS group – Suicide Prevention Services

Group grief support for adults grieving the death of a loved one due to suicide. WINGS (Warm Interactions Navigating the Grief of Suicide) group meets in Santa Cruz. Call the administrative line listed for more information about the group. (831) 459-9373
Phone Only [ CO ]

Women for Sobriety Community Room

Organization whose purpose is to help all women recover from problems with drinking.
See Website [ CO ]

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

Supplemental food and nutrition program for low- income pregnant and breast feeding mothers and children under 5 years old. Santa Cruz http://www.thefoodbank.org/need-food/wic/
800 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville [ FN, PS ]

Women’s Crisis Support / Defensa de Mujeres

Domestic violence/sexual assault response and advocacy. 24 hour counseling available for rape survivors. Accompaniment to hospital, police, and court. Pick-up available. Offers alternatives to police intervention. Confidential shelter for battered women & their Children. Services are free or low cost. 9am-5pm M-F. Bilingual and Bicultural services available. (831) 722-4532
233 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, H, LS ]

Workforce Santa Cruz County

Workforce Santa Cruz County (WFSCC) is a partnership of local organizations that serve job seekers and businesses in the community and offers four (4) conveniently located Career Centers plus the online Virtual Career Center.
Watsonville Career Center at 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville; Capitola Career Center at 2045 40th Avenue, Suite B, Capitola; Goodwill Central Coast Santa Cruz Career Center at 350 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz; Watsonville Youth Center at 17 Aspen Way, Watsonville. [ SE ]