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Youth N.O.W.

Organization Mission

Youth NOW is committed to engaging youth in a nurturing community where each individual can grow personally and academically through individualized programs that cultivate success.

The Big Idea:
Cultivating Success 2020

For 10 years Youth N.O.W. has served the youth of Watsonville and greater Pajaro Valley through its free academic, social and emotional support programs. We give our youth tools and the support of caring mentors so they may gain confidence in school and in life, connect with peers in a safe social setting, receive enrichment to broaden their creative interests; and most important feel connected to a place of nurturance.

Cultivating Success is an annual event that recognizes six inspiring middle and high school youth in the areas of academic dedication, growth and leadership. We bring together youth, families, community partners, members, donors and youth advocates to hear each student speak about how Youth N.O.W. has positively impacted their lives.

Each student receives a small scholarship honoring their achievements that helps our youth to purchase school supplies, pay for upcoming college expenses or explore creative interests.

Your donation will allow us to increase the dollar amount of our Spring scholarships from $100 to $500 to ensure our youth are capable of thriving in Fall 2020. We would also like to establish a scholarship fund for future graduates.

We feel it’s important to celebrate our youths’ achievements with this event and support their continued growth with a scholarship so they can be successful contributors to this community.

Youth N.O.W. is a program that has changed me in every positive way, in life and in school.


Vincent, Academic Growth Awardee, Middle School, Cultivating Success 2019