Community Resources for Youth

Community Resource Websites/Help Lines
Disabilities Services
Education and Training
Employment Rights Agencies
Employment Services
Food, Housing,Transportation & Cash Assistance
GED/High School Diploma
Mental Health Services
Mentoring Programs

Community Resource Websites/Help Lines

211 of Santa Clara County
Provides names and contact information for various service groups within the United Way system. Services include clothing, food, personal goods and services, drug and alcohol treatment, education and training, healthcare, housing, legal, immigration and criminal services, mental health and counseling and senior and disability services

Phoenix Data Center
Provides extensive listing of resources for meals, groceries, shelter, healthcare, legal, and transportation available in Santa Clara County and neighboring communities.

"24-7 Line" Youth in Crisis Hotline - (888) 247-7717

Santa Clara County

California Youth Crisis Line - (800) 843-5200

Emergency Psychiatric Services - (408) 885-6100

24-Hour Hotline

Mental Health Urgent Care – (408) 885-7855

Santa Clara County

Suicide and Crisis Service 24-Hour Hotline - (855) 278-4204

Santa Clara County

YWCA Rape Crisis Center - (408) 287-3000

24- Hour Hotline

Disabilities Services

California Department of Rehabilitation
CA Dept. of Rehabilitation works with individuals of every type and category of disability and provides vocational rehabilitation services to eligible Californians.

HOPE Services
HOPE offers a broad range of employment and job training programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Momentum for Mental Health
Specializes in helping individuals with psychiatric disabilities and other barriers in returning to the workforce.

Project HIRED
Project HIRED offers employment services for clients with a diverse spectrum of disabilities and matches individuals to temporary (through HIRED Temps) and permanent positions.

Services for Brain Injury
SBI helps brain-injured people attain their highest level of independent functioning and assists with employment when they are work-ready.

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
SVILC provides vocational preparation and placement services to persons with disabilities.

Expandability specializes in preparing individuals with disabilities for competitive employment through computer access technology and career transition services.

Education and Training

Cal Apprenticeships
State registered apprenticeship programs are formal, structured, and nationally recognized education and training programs that combine the two most common forms of career and occupational learning: classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

Central County Occupational Center
Offers courses in vocational and technical careers for both adults and high school students.

Center for Employment Training
CET is a non-profit organization located in San Jose dedicated to fighting poverty & dependence on public aid by making hands-on job training available to youth and adults of all educational levels & backgrounds.

Community Colleges

De Anza College-
Evergreen Valley College-
Foothill College-
Gavilan College-
Mission College-
San Jose City College-
West Valley College-

Goodwill of Silicon Valley
Goodwill's Institute for Career Development is a private post-secondary school that specializes in vocational training, basic education, evaluation, and job placement for people with special needs. Also provides free online courses to the general public.

San Jose Job Corps
San Jose Job Corps is a federally funded education and vocational training program that serves low-income, 16-24 year old young adults.

Santa Clara County Regional Occupational Program
Provides career preparation and skill training for adults, out-of-school youth, and high school students who are 16 years of age or older.

Employment Rights Agencies

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
California workers may file a complaint with the DFEH about sexual harassment, hate violence, or discrimination on the job.

Division of Labor Standards Enforcement

(under Industrial Relations Dept.)
California workers may file claims for nonpayment of wages, overtime, or vacation pay with the DLSE.

Division of Occupational Safety and Health

(under Industrial Relations Dept.)
California workers may file a complaint with Cal/OSHA about workplace safety and health hazards.

Youth Rules!
Employment information for working teens by U.S. Department of Labor; covers topics on Employer Compliance Assistance, Employment Resources, Labor Laws, and Health and Safety.

Employment Services

NOVA Youth Employment Office
Career development and employment services for youth job seekers (age 16-24). Offers Youth@Work program and WIA Career Guidance/Work Experience Program.

NOVA CONNECT Job Seeker Center
Employment and training services for job seekers (age 18+). NOVA staff are available full time in the Job Seeker Center to assist customers with job search activities including career advisor appointments, resume critique, and a variety of job search workshops.

Employment Development Department
EDD serves both employers who want to fill job openings and individuals seeking employment through CalJOBS, an online job and resume bank that lists thousands of job openings and the largest pool of candidates in the state. EDD staff provide services full-time in the CONNECT! Job Seeker Center.

Employment Connection of Santa Clara County
Serves current or former CalWORKs participants who are involved full time in professional improvement and job search activities.

Teen Force
Employment service for Los Gatos teens; provides work readiness training, skills development and job placement services.

Food, Housing, Transportation & Cash Assistance

Bill Wilson Center
Emergency services for Youth ages 11-17 in Santa Clara County.

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos
Serving zip codes: 94022, 94024, 94035, 94040, 94041, 94043

InnVision the Way Home
Leading provider of housing and services for homeless and at-risk families and individuals in Silicon Valley. Several locations in the South Bay (serving zip codes: 95002, 95050, 95051, 95035, 95053, 95054, 95112, 95116, 95131, 95133, 95134) and Peninsula (serving zip codes: 94301, 94303, 94304, 94305, 94306.)

Sacred Heart Community Service
Serving zip codes: 95008, 95110, 95111, 95113, 95117, 95118, 95124, 95125, 95126, 95128, 95136.

Salvation Army Silicon Valley
Serving zip codes: 95013, 95037, 95119, 95120, 95121, 95122, 95123, 95127, 95132, 95135, 95137, 95138, 95139, 95141, 95148, 95192, 95193.

Sunnyvale Community Services
Serving zip codes: 94085, 94086, 94087, 94089.

West Valley Community Services, Inc.
Serving zip codes:95014, 95030, 95032, 95033, 95044, 95070, 95129, 95130.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Bus and light rail maps, schedules, and fares.

GED/High School Diploma Programs

Milpitas Adult Education

Mountain View/Los Altos Adult Education

Palo Alto Adult School

Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult & Community Education Services

Wilson/Santa Clara Adult Education

Mental Health Services

Mental health resources for young people ages 10-25 and their families. REACH is a collaborative effort between Momentum for Mental Health and Starlight Community Services, providing early intervention and prevention services throughout Santa Clara County.

Act for Mental Health, Inc.
Low cost individual and group therapy for persons disabled socially, economically, or mentally.

Alum Rock Counseling
Provides counseling to low income individuals, specializing in youth counseling for ages 6-17yrs.

Family & Children Services
Offers variety of counseling services dealing with individual and/or family issues, drug use, problems of aging and other stress-causing issues. Centers located in Palo Alto and San Jose.

Momentum for Mental Health
Provides mental health and case management services for adults and seniors. Centers located in Palo Alto and San Jose.

Mentoring Programs

Sunnyvale Youth Mentoring Program
Program's goal is to steer youth away from drugs and crime. Focus on serving youth from Sunnyvale’s Fremont High School and Columbia Middle School.

Partners for a New Generation (PNG)
This program provides mentoring and tutoring to high school students in the Los Altos Mountain View Union School District area.

MVLA Community Scholars
Serves high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships to make college accessible and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable. Most youth in the program are the first in their family to go to college.

Year Up
This free 12-month, full-time professional technology program is for 18-24 year olds with a high school diploma/GED who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Program includes 6 months of entry level IT training program and a 6-month internship. Mentoring relationship begins during the internship.

Out To Lunch Club at Cal Hills
Program pairs a Cal Hills (Milpitas continuation school) student with an adult mentor of the same gender. The adult makes the commitment to take the student to lunch once a month during the school year.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Provides foster youth with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Over 350 active mentor/mentee relationships. All advocates go through extensive training.

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
Provides a mentor to youth who often find themselves in trouble with the law. FLY Mentors commit to meeting with their youth every week 1-on-1 for one year. Attendance and advocacy at the youth’s court hearings and school functions is also part of the mentor’s responsibility.