During the COVID-19 pandemic, this list exists as a living document of resources to connect our youth to services to help them through shelter-in-place.
Health & Wellness
Monterey County Behavioral Health
Access to outpatient services for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing psychiatric of substance abuse problems.
COVID-19 Resources for Coping with Mental Health
A resource list of mental health supports and services online for Monterey County.
How to care for yourself while physically distancing
List of ways to practice physical distancing and care for yourself mentally and physically.
Monterey Free County Libraries
The county libraries are still operating virtually and providing a lot of the same services including online live homework help, writing lab, and other resources for Kindergarten through College Entry. Live tutoring via chat and shared white board.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Provides daily special cross-curricular activities: 4 separate learning experiences each built around a thrilling and meaningful story or video.
PBS Learning Media
PBS and local stations have partnered to curate free standards-aligned videos, interactive experiences, lesson plans, and more for educators.
Workforce Development Board
The Monterey County Workforce Development Board (WDB) integrates private and public partners to help youth (ages 18-24) build skills to improve employment outcomes, attain certifications through vocational training, and assist in applying for school.
For more information contact Chantell Warmington
Offers employment for youth ages 18-24.
344 Salinas Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Contact Michael Artalejo
Phone: (831) 333-6163
Job Search Websites
Food Bank for Monterey County
Food bank located in Salinas; setting pick up locations/dates throughout county.
Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at getcalfresh.org or by calling (877) 410-8823.
During COVID-19, Dorothy’s Kitchen remains open and serves meals twice a day: at 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM for breakfast, and 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for lunch.
30 Soledad Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Employment Development Department
If you have lost your job you may be eligible for unemployment assistance.
Apply at https://edd.ca.gov.
This fund helps Monterey Bay area undocumented immigrant workers impacted by COVID-19 with one-time emergency assistance.
Visit https://www.undocufundmb.org for more information.
Foster Youth Resources
Together We Rise: Displaced College Foster Youth
Emergency assistance resource for college-aged foster youth who are or were living in on-campus student housing.
Independent Living Program
Hartnell College’s Foster & Kinship Care Program will continue to provide Independent Living Program workshops online to foster youth in Monterey County. For any questions, please email Anabel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marisela at email@example.com.
iFoster: Keeping Youth Connected During COVID-19
Cell phone and laptop programs that are helping to connect disconnected foster youth in California. If you are a foster youth in need, know a young person, or can help us rise to the challenge of ensuring all foster youth can communicate, you can reach iFoster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Simple Wish: COVID-19 Response
Resources for youth who have aged out of the foster care system or are still in foster care.
Community Human Services: Safe Place
Safe Place is a comprehensive program for at-risk runaway and homeless youth that provides everything from street outreach, survival aid and temporary shelter to counseling, family reunification and aftercare.
U-Haul: 30 Days Free Self-Storage
U-Haul is offering Self-Storage free for 30 days to college students impacted by campus shutdowns. The free 30 days apply to new customers with a college ID.
LGBTQ+ Youth Resources
How LGBTQ+ People Can Get Help and Resources During Coronavirus (them.us)
As LGBTQ+ health and community centers are shutting down nationwide, these virtual resource kits, phone hotlines, live streams, and webinars are vital for getting information and support.
The Trevor Project
A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth.
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Check their schedule for weekly teen discussion groups!