PVPSA's Youth Prevention Programs are collaborations between PVPSA, local community organizations and national programs that work to bring youth from self-destruction to self-esteem by treating primary mental health issues which addresses the underlying causes of high-risk behavior.


The VALOR program is a collaboration between the PVUSD Student Services Department and PVPSA whose primary purpose is to prevent school dropout by supporting expelled youth complete their requirements to re-enroll in their school of residence. Students and family develop an individualized support plan that includes individual case management, counseling services, parenting support and prosocial engagement. For program questions please contact Adriana Mata at 831-728-6445 ext. 343 or via email at


TUPE is a collaboration with PVUSD and is funded by the California Department of Education. The goal of this program is to reduce youth tobacco use by empowering students in grades 6-12 to make healthful decisions through tobacco-preventative instruction, interventions, and reinforcement activities. Classroom, parent and PVUSD staff presentations are available.  Referrals can be made by contacting Marisol Maciel at 831-728-6445 Ext. 337 or via email at


The YESS program is a partnership with the City of Watsonville Parks and Recreation Department.  The focus is on providing youth and their families support to reach success and a healthy socio-emotional balance. Participants will participate in pro-social activities, fieldtrips and have access to all events in the youth center.  Families will participate in Case management, counseling services, and family centered activities. Youth ages 6-22 are welcome to participate.  Pre-registration is required and referrals can be made by contacting Marisol Maciel at 831-728-6445 Ext. 337 or via email at or the YESS Program Offices at the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center.


The Youth Reclaiming Voice and Power is a project to increase substance use prevention policy change and increase youth civic engagement in the greater Pajaro Valley. This program works upstream to prevent substance use and promote youth health and wellbeing. Youth will engage more purposefully in shaping policies that support this outcome. This project is supported by Elevate Youth California, which is managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation under contract with the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services through Proposition 64, California Cannabis Tax Fund, Allocation 3, Youth Education Prevention Early Intervention and Treatment Account. For program questions please contact Crystal Cerda at 831-728-6445 or via email at


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. Middle and high school students (ages 12-18) qualify for this FREE program. Students referred must attend a Santa Cruz City School and can be referred by clicking here.

Three pathways provide services for all levels of need:

  • 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.

Informational materials: Program Brief; Informational Flyer

Informational Video 1 (English) 

Informational Video 1 (Spanish)

Informational Video 2 (English)