YouthSERVE  is dedicated to connecting youth, ages 11-17, with rewarding community service projects across the Santa Cruz County. Under the direction of adult volunteer leaders, YouthSERVE volunteers contribute their talents to making positive change in our community.

WHY VOLUNTEER ? Volunteering gives you the opportunity to affect positive change while developing skills that will help you to find a job, get into college, make new friends, complete your school service requirements, and make a difference in the lives of others! YouthSERVE has projects every week in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.



Senior Tech Days In Santa Cruz and Watsonville

Help seniors navigate technology and stay connected with their community with their personal electronic devices. From e-mail to iPads to smart phones, our seniors need your help!  Learn More


Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter

Join us at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and help prepare cats and dogs for their forever homes! YouthSERVE volunteers will work as part of a two or three person team in cleaning kennels and washing dishes as well as feeding, exercising, playing, snuggling, brushing and socializing adoptable pets. An orientation and species-specific training is required. Please consult the Animal Shelter FAQ.


Interested in any of the projects above? Simply fill out the YouthSERVE Permission Form and RSVP to for one of our events.

Want to lead a project? We are looking for dedicated adults to serve as Volunteer Leaders with YouthSERVE. Learn More

Questions? Contact:

Massiel De los Santos
YouthSERVE Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (831) 427-5066

8 responses to “YouthSERVE”

  1. Stacy rose

    Looking for volunteer oportunities for my son, who turns 11 on August 15.

  2. Lisa Hickman

    I would like my 2 teens to volunteer. When could the process begin?

  3. YouthSERVE

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for the question! I will contact you today to explain the process.


  4. YouthSERVE

    Hi Stacy,

    I sent you an email with youth volunteer opportunities. Please let me know if your son is interested once he turns 11 in August!


  5. Scott Mitchell

    My oldest son who’s 17 needs to do community service for his high school class yet there seems to be a back log on getting in.

  6. Yulissa

    Can I start volunteering for future events?

  7. YouthSERVE

    Hi Yulissa! Yes, you can start volunteering for future events. I’ve added your email address to our mailing list so you will start receiving notifications about upcoming volunteer opportunities!

  8. YouthSERVE

    Hi Scott! Thank you for the message. I sent you an email with more information about youth volunteerism in Santa Cruz County.

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