Adopt A Youth

Join us to spark hope for youth during our Adopt A Youth Holiday Gift Drive.

You can make a difference and brighten the lives of unaccompanied youth who won’t otherwise receive holiday gifts. This year, the Emerging Leaders Circle (ELC) is partnering with the Youth Homeless Response Team (YHRT) to support two youth for the Holiday Gift Drive. The Holiday Gift Drive is intended to bring awareness to the homelessness and prevention programs and, ensure that youth experiencing housing instability are not forgotten.

There are two easy ways to get involved.

  1. Purchase items from their Amazon Wishlist.
  2. Write a virtual note of encouragement to our two adopted youth.

* Please purchase directly from this wishlist. All items must be shipped to our office by December 14, 2021.

Through generous support, last year we were able to provide gifts (toys, books, and clothes) for a family of five! Thank you!

Help us make the holidays special for youth in Santa Cruz County.


Meet the youth you are supporting:


My name is J.V., I am 20 years old. I love being active. I enjoy working out and have been training in Jit-Jitsu. I also love helping others. In my past time, I write my own music. I want to one day record something I write. I am also a hard worker and enjoy working.


My name is B.R., I am 22 years old and from Watsonville, but I am currently staying in Santa Cruz. I love working, I am interested in horticulture. I love fitness and being active. I love to read and listen to music. I mostly read Stephen King. I love listening to rap, country, reggae, etc. I love playing football.

Questions? Email Ash at