Youth Groups and Centers

See also:

Santa Cruz County Library Community Information Database – Youth Clubs

4-H Club  -  UCCE Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County -  Stephanie Fontana, 4-H Program Representative
1432 Freedom Boulevard,
Click on 4-H Community Club Program, then sidebar 4H 101- the basics or click on SC County Clubs and then on 2009 club list.

Adventure Scouts USA
Offers nationwide, modern, co-ed, fully nondiscriminatory Scout Programs with teams forming in many areas. Scouts visit “exciting places, interact with real action heroes, and develop friendships.” The Scout Programs offer young people the freedom to choose and develop their own program and activities.

Boy Scouts of America or
55 E San Joaquin St, Salinas, CA
Local Council: # 025 Monterey Bay Area Council

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
543 Center Street , Santa Cruz, CA
Offers after school and weekend drop-in education and career development (tutoring, computer education and youth employment) recreational programs, (sports, fitness and team sports such as basketball and swimming) arts and crafts; health and life skills; social and leadership opportunities, and special events.

The Club, located at Shoreline Middle School
855 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA
831-475-6565 Ext. 130   or    831-332-8408

Campfire Boys and Girls
All-inclusive, coeducational programs in communities across the United States, serving youth from birth to 21. Camp Fire’s programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education, and child care.

Council Locator

Environmental Science Workshops {Taller de Ciencias}
831-768-3256  (Call for more information about their three locations in Watsonville.)
The Workshop gives community kids and their families the opportunity to explore together for FREE in math, science, and engineering, in an open-structure, open-door workshop.  Offered after school and on Saturdays, participants can view exhibits and project models in addition to making whatever project they choose to construct, from many different materials. Thus, students can learn science, math and engineering from direct experience and by learning to use different kinds of tools.

Girl ScoutsNational website

Council locator

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Northern Region Office/Shop  -  Serving Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties
10550 Merritt Street, Castroville, CA

Junior Statesmen of America
Civics Education and Leadership Program for High School Students offers conventions with student competitions, debates, mock trials, public speaking, congressional legislation simulations, and the chance to share political views and educational talks.  Traditional hIgh school students, as well as homeschool students, have created local clubs.

Click on ‘JSA by State’ on homepage for programs in your area
For Northern California click here
For Golden Gate Region, click here

Nature Rocks
Start or join a nature lovers group with their free downloadable Nature Rocks Flocks Guide.  Also find information, articles and encouragement for family nature activities, as well as use their national search tool to find local places to visit. You can also search for activities to do by place, ages, type, and time needed.

Roots and Shoots (Program of the Jane Goodall Institute)
Be part of a global organization of kid, teen, college student, and adult volunteers who “take action all over the world, wherever people come together with a common desire to make a difference—in classrooms, home schools, nature centers, neighborhoods, refugee camps, zoos, scout troops and beyond.”

Find a group near you here

Click here to find a group in the Greater Monterey Bay and South Bay Areas

Santa Cruz Parks And Recreation Teen Center
125 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Recreational activities such as basketball, pool tables, computer lab, video games, foosball, movies, internet, music and chill space. Offers calendar of activities: dances, band nights, special events, day and overnight trips, sports, and outdoor events in addition to daily activities.

Shark Shack – Shoreline Teen Center
For enrollment assistance: call 831-462-1116.
Live Oak School District and Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation offer this after-school program for teens, with ”homework assistance; Tech Center; Recreation Center (which includes a clubhouse, a full-time recreation for field sports, court games and swimming; and Field Trips to local educational and recreation spots and community service projects.

Youth Now Student Center – Watsonville
Contact Nicole Marsh at:
(831) 768-7998
Offers socialization, computer labs, homework center, and tutoring services at:

Madison St. – Middle School
15 Madison St, Watsonville, CA
OPEN Monday-Thursday 3:00-5:30 OPEN
Carr St. High School Coffee House
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3:00-5:30 & Wednesday, 1:15-5:30
31 Carr St., Watsonville, CA

“To set up an appointment to discuss tutoring options, please call or email Nicole Marsh, Director of Education”
Para hablar sobre opciones para tutorias, por favor llamar o mandar un email a Nicole Marsh, la Directora de Educacion:  (831) 768-7998