Find your underlying potential

The Epicenter exists to empower at risk and system involved youth ages 16-24 to flourish by connecting them to community resources that provide opportunities for equity and hope in order to improve youth outcomes in Monterey County.

The Epicenter is a replication of the VOICES centers in Napa and Sonoma Counties. We are a youth led and youth-run organization that works towards empowering at risk youth by providing them with a one-stop resource center. One of the ways we are able to provide multiple resources is by having co-located staff on site. Co-located staff are employees of other agencies that provide their services at our center. We provide the connection to resources like housing, education, employment, and mental/physical health and wellness.


Online Services

The Epicenter supports with Housing, Health/Wellness, Employment and Education. Here are some online resources to …

On-Site Services

The Epicenter provides referrals and assistance to those in need. Our On-Site Services revolve around 4 pillars which are Housing, Health/Wellness, Education and Employment.


Seeking a meaningful way to give back to the community? The Epicenter Center offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit your interests, skills, and time availability. Let us know your interest and schedule and we’ll find a match.


Arely Matus

Mutual Aid Youth Leaders Youth Navigator

Tiffany Shawar

Foster Youth Liaison

Sol Aguilar

Drop-In Services Support Staff

Melina Perez

YHDP Project Coordinator

David Martinez

FNL Student Worker

Patty Hernandez

Friday Night Live Student Worker

Angela Soto-Cerros

LGBTQ+ Services Student Worker

Jacob Agamao

LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator

Lesa Rubalcava

Friday Night Live Monterey County Coordinator

Richelle Santoya

Executive Director

Sam Gomez

Deputy Director




Starting June 22nd & continuing every fourth Wednesday from5:30 pm – 6:30 pmProviding a supportive group environment for …