Community Resources

Broad-Based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment & Alternatives (BASTA)

BASTA is a countywide collaborative formed for the purpose of keeping schools and the community safe by reducing and preventing youth gang violence, school truancy, suspensions, expulsions, and alcohol and drug abuse. The BASTA Region 1 and Region 2 Operation Teams engage in information sharing and develop and report on anti-gang strategies and programs. The Regional Operation Teams engage in case management activities of targeted at-risk youth identified by school representatives, law enforcement and probation.


Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is a nonprofit organization founded in Santa Cruz County in 1989. Kidpower's mission is to empower people of all ages and abilities by helping them learn how to stay safe, act wisely, and believe in themselves. Kidpower provides local workshops to teach families, schools, and community organizations "People Safety" skills for building better relationships; advocating effectively for themselves and others; and protecting themselves from most bullying, molestation, kidnapping, and other dangers. Their website offers free articles in English and in Spanish and a free coloring book that can be downloaded for children in both languages.

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing education, training, counseling, and prevention services to students, families and staff in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

Youth Services

Youth Services is a child, adolescent and family counseling and support agency. We help Santa Cruz County youth and families find positive solutions to the wide range of challenges that sometimes arise during child development and adolescence.

Our staff provides support and guidance for young people and families faced with difficulties related to school, family conflicts, substance use, homelessness, emotional turmoil, running away and juvenile justice involvement.