Resources for Teens

Community Resources for Teens

We at WCS-DdM are committed to helping you get the help that you need, whether that means using our services or not. There are plenty of resources available to you in your area. Here are some for you in Santa Cruz County, California.

*If you can’t find what services you are looking for listed below, and you live in Santa Cruz County California (or surrounding area), call our crisis line at (888) 900-4232 & a counselor will gladly direct you to what you need.

Sexual Health

Planned Parenthood: Pregnancy testing & options counseling, STD testing & treatment, pre & post natal care, well child appointments, birth control, WIC checks, community referrals.

Watsonville: 40 Penny Lane, Watsonville (831) 724-7525

Santa Cruz: 1119 Pacific Ave. Suite 200, Santa Cruz (831) 426-5550

Live Oak Community Resource Center: Parenting classes, childcare services, parenting support groups and playgrounds. 1438 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz (831) 476-7284      

Dating Violence

Women’s Crisis Support-Defensa de Mujeres: Counseling and support groups for teens. Volunteer opportunities and community service. 233 East Lake Avenue Watsonville, CA 95076  (831) 722-4532

General Counseling

Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center: General counseling, crisis intervention, crisis line, foster youth, LGBT youth, drug & alcohol abuse counseling, DUI program for youth under 18.

Santa Cruz; 709 Mission Street, Santa Cruz (831) 425-0771

Watsonville: 241 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville (831) 688-8856

California Youth Crisis Line: Counseling and referrals for anything, 100% confidential.  24 hour hotline: (800) 843-5200

Anger Management/ Abuser Help

Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior: (MOAB) is a self-facilitated men’s support group. Provides a safe and confidential environment to talk with other men about things that are ordinarily harbored and concealed. Meetings are FREE and all men are welcome to attend. Find more information about meeting times and locations at  or call (831) 244-0881

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Substance Abuse

AL-ANON/ ALATEEN: Free support groups for friends and relatives of alcoholics. On-call members if you need to talk right away. (831) 462-1818 *best to call in the evenings

SMART Recovery: Alternative to the 12-step program.  Automated Answering Service: 408-850-3595

Child Abuse    

*If you feel that you are being abused in your home, call CPS Santa Cruz: (831) 454-4222 or Watsonville (831) 763-8850

National Runaway Switchboard: Help with tickets back home, general info and help.  24 hour hotline: (800) 786-2929

Community Service Info

Volunteer Centers in Santa Cruz County: Information on volunteer opportunites

            Ben Lomond: 231 Main Street, Ben Lomond (831) 336-9387

            Felton: 6116 Highway 9, Felton (831) 336-9387

            Santa Cruz: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, California (831) 427-5070

            Watsonville: 12 Carr Street, Watsonville (831) 722-7771

Youth Centers

Santa Cruz Teen Center: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz (831) 420-5337

Boys & Girls Club of America, Santa Cruz: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz (831) 423-3138

GHWR Youth Center: 30 Maple Avenue, Watsonville (831) 768-3240

YMCA:Freedom: 37 Holly Drive, Freedom (831) 761-6008

               Santa Cruz: 27 Sudden Street, Watsonville (831) 728-9622

Gang violence

Barrios Unidos: Counseling and youth services for high risk youth, specializing in gang prevention. “We focus on building positive self-esteem and cultural pride through meaningful activities, education and job training” 1817 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz (831) 457-8208

LGBT Services

The Diversity Center: Support services, computer services, HIV testing, Call for info, support groups, library; 1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz (831) 425-5422

LGBT Youth Talk Line: Hotline for LGBT youth, all services free and confidential.  (800) 246-7743 Hours: M-F 1pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm. More info at

Online Support and Information

Teen Line: Operated by teens for teens, help with numerous topics, advice, online support groups, volunteering, events and more!

Suicide Help

Suicide help and information:

Dating Violence:

Love is Respect:

Break the Cycle:

Love is Not Abuse:

That’s Not Cool (Digital Abuse):


How to Help Yourself or a Friend;                       

 Online depression support group:

LGBT Community

Online community of gay youth from around the world; news, information, support, and more…

Volunteer Opportunities

 20 ways for teen to help other people by volunteering:


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