Campaign Dates: May 13 - 24
Today, 32% of Santa Cruz County families do not earn enough to make ends meet. (The Real Cost Measure, 2018). This is influenced by high housing costs, the prevelance of seasonal, low-paying wages, and more. Growing up in poverty especially hurts children - adversely impacting their development, health, and economic mobility throughout their lifetimes.
By ensuring that youth have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, the United 4 Youth Collaborative provides wrap-around services and leadership support to promote college and career readiness, health and wellness, economic stability, and community connection among Santa Cruz County's highest-needs youth. Your annual contribution to United Way of Santa Cruz County will support the collaborative:
Invest in local community program partners from the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force to implement their neighborhood-based projects that will comprehensively address the needs of youth and families in who are struggling to make ends meet. To date, the two neighborhood-based projects are located in Santa Cruz/Live Oak and Watsonville.
Jovenes SANOS - a youth and advocacy leadership program that partners with high school students to create a culture of health by increasing healthy eating and active living opportunities in Watsonville.
2-1-1 Helpline to connect youth and families to critical services for basic needs
Community Assessment Project (CAP) for data assessment, insights, and evaluation