Youth N.O.W. is a place of new beginnings that provides after-school resources for underprivileged youth, ages 10-18, in the Watsonville area. At the heart of the mission is engaging young people in a nurturing community where they succeed personally and academically through participation in individualized programs that cultivate critical life skills.
Nearly 300 students per year participate in a variety of programs including one-on-one tutoring, enrichment classes, college field trips, and more. These programs increase educational-attainment levels, reduce after-school risky behavior, and increase local hiring for high-skilled jobs.
The Big Idea:
The Pathways N.O.W. program provides college and career readiness for high school students. The program is created in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Your Future is our Business.
It’s designed to give youth an opportunity to have a long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship with an allied adult. These relationships provide mentees with support, guidance, and a sense of belonging to a community of caring individuals that they may not otherwise have.
The impact on the youth, their families and the community is positive in the short-term, and will also benefit generations to come.
Youth N.O.W. is amazing. I thank everyone who is a part of Youth N.O.W., for it has given me a place to be able to do many things I wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else after school.
— Iliana Moreno, former Youth N.O.W. student, current freshman at CSUMB