YouthSERVE Summer Institute

jr vol pic 2We’ve changed our name!

Watsonville Jr. Volunteers is now the YouthSERVE Summer Institute.

The Summer Service Institute helps youth recognize their passion, share their talent and realize their power to transform our community through service.

Up to 30 Summer Service Internships are available  for dedicated youth in grades 8-11.

Have fun while amplifying your voice and impact in Watsonville and beyond.

Participants are placed, according to their skill and interest and contribute valuable work in support of diverse causes including food distribution, child development, animal care, arts and creative empowerment, health, technology and environmental awareness.

Non-profit agencies have stepped up to provide rewarding placements and training for youth, so they can develop their skills in a safe, enriching environment this summer.

During the six week program volunteers:

  • Work at a non-profit placement for a maximum of 4 hours per day for up to 4 days per week
  • Attend job readiness and team-building workshops
  • Participate in service projects
  • Attend fun field trips (Oakland A’s Game and more!)
  • Earn community service hours

Important Dates


Interviews: May 18TH- June 5th

June 8- YSI Orientation

June 15- July 24 Volunteer placement sites

July 25- YSI Graduation

Our non-profit placements this year include the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes, Mariposa’s Art, Youth NOW, Watsonville Bike Shack, Jacob’s Heart, and Watsonville Volunteer Center.

Download the resources you need to apply for this free program:

word doc iconDownload the  2015 Application


word doc icon Placement Choice Preference Form


word doc iconYS Summer 2015 Permission Form


For More Information:

Donna Patters

(831) 722-6708

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