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.


Hailey Gomez

Media Content Creator

Jacob Agamao

LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator

Lesa Rubalcava

Monterey County Friday Night Live Program Program Coordinator

Richelle Santoya

Executive Director

Sam Gomez

Deputy Director

Gary Vincent

Fund Development Director



Sharing Circle Online

Sharing Circle Online is a social support group for LGBTQ+ youth aged 16-24 and their allies that takes place every week on …


The Epicenter will remain closed through the shelter-in-place order, but some of our services are offered virtually or by phone appointment.

Check our social media at @theepicenter831 and @ourgente831 for more information on our weekly online programming.

A list of resources to seek help during shelter-in-place can be found here. We are constantly updating it with more resources, so check back often.

If you need to get in touch with us, contact Sam (Program Director) at / (831) 272-2854 or Jacob (LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator) at / (831) 272-4295‬.

You can find current guidelines from the county at this link, and from the state at this link.

Stay safe everyone.
With love,
The Epicenter Team