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Summer of Service Institute

The YouthSERVE Summer Institute is a free 6 week program that helps youth recognize their passion, share their talent and realize their power to transform our community through service.  Each year up to 30 Summer Service volunteers are hosted at local non-profits for dedicated youth in grades 7-11. The program runs from June 6 to July 20, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY:  You can either complete the application form online or download the application and email it or drop it off at our office.

 Applications Are Due May 15, 2019

Questions about the Program:  Email us  or call us at 831-427-5070 x119

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How the Program Works

Participants are matched with a nonprofit based on their skills and interest. During the 6-week program, volunteers contribute valuable work in support of diverse causes including food distribution, child development, animal care, arts and creative empowerment, health, technology and environmentalism.

Non-profits provide rewarding placements and training for youth, so they can develop their skills in a safe, enriching environment. The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County provides training to prepare for your placement and field trips and group projects on Fridays.


Program Activities

During the six week program volunteers:

  • Volunteer at a non-profit for a maximum of 4 hours per day for up to 4 days per week
  • Volunteer with one non-profit for 6-weeks
  • Attend job readiness and team-building workshops
  • Participate in service projects
  • Attend fun field trips (SF Giants Game and more!)
  • Earn community service hours

Apply for the Program

Participants commit to volunteering at least one day a week for six weeks and attend field trips and trainings. Join the fun next summer to amplify your voice and make a rewarding impact in Watsonville and beyond.

Applications for Summer 2019 are due May 15th.

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