Putting our community's youth on the path to fulfilling their greatest potential requires us to work together towards a shared vision and goals.






United 4 Youth


United 4 Youth is a community empowerment model - assembling teams of nonprofits to co-design innovative collaborative programs that lead to positive and sustainable outcomes for our highest needs youth. This is a multi-year investment in comprehensive community-based approaches that will make sure our youth grow in a safe, healthy, and thriving community. United 4 Youth reflects the United Way belief that these programs, along with others, can promote lasting outcomes to impact youth well-being.

To ensure youth have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, the United 4 Youth collaborative provides wrap-around services and leadership support to promote:


• Education & Lifelong Learning • Health & Wellness • Economic Sustainability • Community Connection

United 4 Youth Flyer


Our United 4 Youth program innovated its services to serve and support youth and families during COVID-19. Through their efforts and dedication, youth and families are connected, engaged, and supported during this unprecedented time. From connecting families to food distribution to supporting distance learning and providing virtual mental health services, United 4 Youth responds quickly to our community's needs to ensure we all connect, engage, and thrive.


Downloadable PDFs

Watsonville Flyer (English/Spanish)
Live Oak/Santa Cruz Flyer (English) (Spanish)






  • Community Action Board: offers job readiness support, case management, and mentoring.

  • Conflict Resolution Center: provides online mediation, coaching, listening, and training.

  • Living Evolution: is in the process of exploring programming online resources. Stay tuned!

  • Pajaro Valley Prevention: provides counseling and other services for existing and new clients via telehealth and phone. In-person appointments are available for those who do not have access to virtual services.

  • YouthServe: offers online volunteer opportunities for youth.

  • Youth Now: free online tutoring and guitar class on Wednesday via Zoom.

  • United 4 Youth Watsonville will be hosting a zoom meeting every Friday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for high school students.

Santa Cruz


  • Live Oak Community Resources: offers free bilingual mental health and wellness support, assistance with benefit applications, financial assistance, and food distribution. Please note, services via phone are highly encouraged, but walk in appointments are still available.

  • Monarch Services: offers youth workshops via Zoom and over the phone. Please note, youth under eleven need verbal consent from a guardian.

  • Walnut Avenue Family & Women Center: offers over the phone youth mentoring, one-on-one advocacy, and food bag program. 

  • Yoga for All Movement offers free virtual yoga for kids and adults.

  • Your Future is Our Business: organizes online informational interviews via zoom for youth to learn more about different careers, and continues to broadcast their “What to Be” show every Sunday at 7 pm on 90.7fm.