United 4 Youth is more than just a project; it's a movement. We believe in creating spaces where our youth ones can thrive, learn, and find their path to success.

In Live Oak and Watsonville, we've forged an innovative model. Here, we bring various nonprofits into local neighborhoods to craft innovative programs that help our youth thrive. U4Y creates safe spaces for students to access homework help, youth-led and designed prosocial activities, and build relationships with caring adults.

First and foremost, we understand that our community knows best. We've built this initiative around the idea that the neighborhood, with its unique strengths and dreams, should shape the opportunities for our youth. It's about happy, healthy, active young minds exploring a world of possibilities in their neighborhood. Through the United 4 Youth Initative, we invest in and support community-led organizations in creating sustainable outcomes for our youth.

By working together, we empower our youth to grow in a safe, healthy, and thriving community while promoting United Way’s focus of:

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Education and Lifelong Learning


Afterschool Tutoring

Access to Digital Services

Homework Help

Training Workshops

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Health and Wellness


Counseling Services

Mental Health Workshops

Outdoor Therapy

Prevention Services

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Economic Stability


Food Distribution

Job Search and Placement

Mock Interview Practice

Resume Writing

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Community Connection


Recreational Activities

Volunteer Programs

Youth Clubs

Youth Forums

United 4 Youth Watsonville

Community Action Board's - Luna Y Sol Center leads the United 4 Youth Watsonville Initative, and their goals are to support youth and families to thrive by building economic mobility, restorative justice practices, and academic support. They partner with the Conflict Resolution Center to host restorative circles and victim-offender dialogues.

United 4 Youth LIVE OAK

Cradle to Career (C2C) leads the United 4 Youth Live Oak Initative, Thrive Outside project in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, Flow, and Fuerza. This project will include FREE after-school activities and services for Shoreline Middle School Students at Felt Street Park that are fun, inclusive, culturally responsive, and engaging!