Resources for Teens

Health Resources


Youth Homeless Response Team (YHRT)
(831) 763-2147 ext. 298

Birth Control & Sexual Health

Planned Parenthood - Watsonville Health Center
398 S. Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 724-7525

Santa Cruz Department of Health 
1430 Freedom Blvd. Suite A
Mariela (831) 400-6667
Claudia (831) 566-5386

Mental Health

24/7 Crisis Hotlines

(800) 952-2335
(855) 845-7415
(800) 843-5200
Text HELLO to 741741

Counseling Services
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc.
Walk-ins and appointments at 411 East Lake Ave, Watsonville.
(831) 728-6445

Employment & Work Experience

Programs & Opportunities

Sueños Youth Employment Services  "Earn While You Learn"

Career Support & Guidance
California Career Center
Career Zone California

Virtual Volunteering

Search for opportunities that match where you live and what you are interested in doing

Youth Service America, a group focused on helping young people get involved in their communities, has resources for kids of all ages on its site, and a section focused on assisting others during the pandemic.

All For Good is a digital volunteer hub and part of the international nonprofit organization Points of Light. It has a robust website with many resources to connect people with virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities.

VolunteerMatch, a large volunteer platform, has sections on its site dedicated to Covid-19 volunteering. You can filter your search by location, interest, or organization.

For more ideas on virtual or in-person volunteer opportunities see this article from School Library Journal.

LGBTQI+ Resources

Trevor Support Center - a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more

Local Organizations

Queer Youth Task Force
Safe Schools Project
Trans* Teen Project
Diversity Center Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Supporting the Safety of LGBTQ Students and Families)
Encompass Community Services
Salud Para La Gente 
GSA Network
Queer Youth Leadership Awards 

Know Your Rights

National Center from Transgender Equality: Know Your Rights
Trans Youth Handbook (access the mobile friendly version here)

Do you need help now?

If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, please call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386 
Don't feel comfortable talking on the phone? Other options include:
TrevorChat - Confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7.
Note: Access through a computer, as you may have technical difficulties if using a smartphone or tablet.
TrevorText - Confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7/365
Text START to 678678
Note: Standard text messaging rates apply. 
TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.

Teen Parents


Need help with child care when school begins?
PVUSD Early Childhood Education Dept. helps with enrolling young children in day are & works with Teen parents
Enrollment forms


Virtual Tutoring & Homework Help

YouthNOW (831) 768-7998



Riveted Simon Teen has free e-books

Enki Books has free e-books and e-comic books, no library card needed. Free e-books with your library card