• Year-Round Scholarships

    Friends of Parks and Recreation offers scholarships YEAR-ROUND for low-income Santa Cruz city residents.

    Contributions from the city, community groups, and generous donations from individuals make it possible.

  • Jr. Lifeguards

    Jr. Guards and Little Guards is a Santa Cruz institution that has helped local kids gain confidence in the ocean through safety training, rescue skills, and beach competitions. Donations help to fund program scholarships.

  • Teen Center

    With daily activities, foosball, a pool table, video games, computers and access to Laurel Park, the Santa Cruz Teen Center is an ideal location for teens to come and socialize. Donations help us continue to provide excellent activities and services for our Teens.

    Since opening its doors at the original location in December 2001, The Center strives to create a safe environment. We’ve been at our current location since January 2010 and we continue to provide the services and the mentorship that we have become well known for.

  • Jr. Lifeguard Boosters

    Jr. Guard Boosters are parent volunteers who fundraise to support the Santa Cruz Jr. Lifeguard program. Donations provide scholarships, equipment, supplies and competition snacks, and support program events.

  • Jr. Guard Captain Corps

    Jr. Guard Captain Corps is a volunteer work experience program for Jr. Lifeguards ages 15–17. Captain Corps volunteers learn ocean lifesaving and public safety procedure skills, and training.

    Donations provide training, equipment, and uniforms for Captain Corps volunteers.

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