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.


literacy_page_booksReading Buddies Project

Do you want to be a positive influence on a child’s life while having fun and instilling the joy of reading? As a reading tutor you will  help children grades K-2 develop their reading skills and will be paired with a child whom you will work exclusively with once a week for 8 weeks.  Serve as a role model and  help children develop a love of reading, increase their self esteem and give them a real sense of achievement. Come read with us!  Learn More


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:

Desiree Farnal
YouthSERVE Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (831) 427-5066

2 responses to “YouthSERVE”

  1. Michelle Myers


    I have a student that would like to be a part of the Animal Shelter project. She is 17 and lives in Watsonville. Can you help?


  2. Patty Lucas

    Many thanks to Desiree for your visit to Gateway School yesterday! Our Leadership kids are excited about the many opportunities revealed for service in our county. Thank you, for this important work and service you provide! Serving others helps develop strong character, empathy and kindness in our youth! Best regards, Patty Lucas, Gateway School Leadership Teacher

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