Youth Programs

West County Community Services, in partnership with Sonoma County Human Services, offers educational and employment assistance to youth, aged 16 to 24, in West Sonoma County. Our programs have helped many at-risk young people find a path to self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

Counseling

WCCS provides drug and alcohol prevention education at El Molino, Analy, & Laguna High Schools.
We have licensed therapists providing therapy for students at Laguna, Brook Haven Middle School, West County Charter Middle School, & Guerneville Elementary. 
Contact
Christy Davila, LMFT
Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health
707-823-1640 ext 391
christy.davila@westcountyservices.org

Youth Diversion Program

Currently, we have a Youth Diversion Program providing weekly psycho-education groups for parents and teens in Sebastopol. 

What is “diversion”?

In general, the term diversion defines an alternative, non-judicial method of dealing with the youth and the offense. The goals of diversion are:

  • To allow the youth to acknowledge responsibilities for his or her actions with appropriate consequences.
  • To provide the youth and family with needed resources.
  • To prevent further involvement with the juvenile justice system.

Who is eligible for the Youth Diversion Program (YDP)?

Youth (ages 12–18) who have no prior official or unofficial records (first-time offenders) who have committed status (unruly, truancy, or curfew violations) or misdemeanor-level offenses are eligible for YDP. These individuals are referred to the youth diversion program through the police department, the probation office, or schools. Families who seek preventative resources are also welcome to join.

Contact
Kella Musca
Program Manager
kelly.musca@westcountyservices.org
(209) 247-7044
YDP P.O. Box 2472 Sebastopol, CA 95472


YEES

instagram_app_large_may2016_200West County Community Services, through the Youth Education and Employment Service (YEES) program, assists disadvantaged youth, ages 16 – 24, to make a successful transition to adulthood and to further education and employment opportunities. WCCS offers help with such issues as career choices, job search, submitting applications, resume writing, developing reference lists, managing interviews, and work-related skills. If more education or training is necessary, WCCS offers aid in applying to training schools and colleges. Opportunities for temporary work experience and volunteer service are provided to help prepare youth for full-time employment. Check out our YEES Instagram feed.

Contact
Emily Heinzelman, Director of Operations
(707) 823-1640 ext. 123
emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org


Summer Jobs for Youth

West County Community Services and the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps provides youth and young adults with meaningful paid work experience:

  • Working with and learning about the environment
  • Getting an edge on your job search with valuable work experience
  • Earning money while making your community a better place
  • Working with motivated peers. West County Community Services can place you in a crew of your peers, pay you a fair wage, and even, thanks to a generous donor, provide you with your work-day lunches

Contact
Emily Heinzelman, Director of Operations
(707) 823-1640 ext. 123
emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org


Helping Young Adults to Independence

West County Community Services can assist youth and young adults in finding work and becoming independent:

  • Helping you plan for the future and set goals
  • Assisting you in your job search
  • Helping you with your job applications, resumes, and interviews
  • Helping you make career explorations
  • Referring you, if you choose, to alternative education, GED, and vocational training
  • Assisting you in applying to trade schools or colleges, obtaining financial aid, and housing
  • Helping you learn independent living skills
  • Linking you to supportive services

Contact
Emily Heinzelman, Director of Operations
(707) 823-1640 ext. 123
emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org

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Summer Jobs for 16-24

Looking for a cool summer job? The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps is a program looking for young people who want to earn money while working outside and learning about the environment.

Adventures for Kids 2018

For the last 27 years Adventures for Kids, a summer recreation and family support program has provided West County youth and families with many opportunities to explore nature, develop friendships, create new experiences, and just plain relax and HAVE FUN! Come join...