'Working together to build schools and communities
where youth can thrive'
The TYC program provides Santa Cruz City Schools with an avenue to support youth wellbeing, connect to school and community, and to reduce disciplinary incidents. Through a trauma-informed culturally and developmentally responsive model the program will support our student’s academic, social and emotional wellness.
Youth must attend a school within the Santa Cruz City Schools (SCCS) District.
Referrals can be made through parent/guardian, peers, probation/law enforcement, or school administration. Youth self-referrals are also encouraged.
Direct Referral Link
TYC Program Description
TYC Program Description
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services Offered
- Initial and ongoing assessments to best support student wellbeing
- Invincible Youth and Friday Night Live are available to all students to build school connection and skills
Three pathways provide services for all levels of need. Students may participate simultaneously between Pathways 2 and 3, intervention and cessation.:
- Pathway 1: Prevention - 8 weeks - Stanford Cannabis Toolkit and Invincible Youth interactive activities.
- Pathway 2: Intervention - The Seven Challenges substance use program and Invincible Youth designed to motivate youth to evaluate their lives, consider the changes they wish to make and succeed in achieving goals.
- Pathway 3: Cessation - 8 sessions of Project EX, a smoking and vaping cessation program.
Goal & Outcomes
Supporting Our Students
- Anyone can refer students and student self-referrals are encouraged - As front-line staff, engaging with youth daily, you can support students to reach their full potential.
- Shifting the perception that everyone uses Cannabis - The majority of our students do not use cannabis, in 2019, 81% of our 11th grade youth reported not using marijuana in the past 30 days.
- Assessments and Pathways will occur both during and after school - TYC Rapid Response Team members will conduct virtual or in-person assessments with youth and identify the appropriate pathway. Sessions will be on-going for youth to join at any point.
- Intervene with students prior to referrals for disciplinary incidents - Ease of access to substances is a key factor in youth use. In 2019, 65% of Santa Cruz City School 9th graders reported “fairly easy” to “very easy” access to cannabis. Students using or misusing substances can be supported as well as those facing disciplinary actions.
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