2014 Back-2-School Backpack Drive
The 2014 Backpack Drive lists have been released! Over the last two years we have received and distributed more than 2,400 backpacks to low income children in Contra Costa County. This year our goal is to collect 1,000 backpacks to help our local kids get back to school on the right foot! Help us accomplish our goal by collecting backpacks filled with supplies. Please note that we are collecting for two different age groups. The list for our K-5 kids can be found on page one of the PDF below. The list for our middle-high school teens can be found on page 2.
2013 Back-2-School Backpack Drive
Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers who participated in our 2013 Back-2-School Backpack Drive! This wildly popular event saw almost 1,300 backpacks donated (300 past our goal!) and distributed to school aged children kindergarten through high school. Check out an album of the event here.
Youth Enrichment Program Applications
After School Café Tutoring
September means the return of our tutoring program! After School Cafe will begin on September 26th and run from 3-4:15pm every Thursday of the school year, holidays excepted. Please check calendar for all dates and times. There will be a training for tutors on Thursday September 19th at 3:30pm. For questions regarding this program please contact our After School Café Coordinator. Tutors and students who would like to participate in this program will need to fill out the Youth Enrichment Applications above.
In 2003 Monument Crisis Center initiated an after-school tutoring program for children between the ages of 5 through 12. The idea was sparked from a staff member who noticed the need for the children in our community to have a space where they could receive homework assistance and mentorship from high school students in the area. Based on the need, a formal tutoring program was created. Please apply if you would like to be an after-school tutor.
The program is held every Thursday afternoon during the school year. Teens from local high schools such as De La Salle, Carondelet, College Park, and Ygnacio Valley volunteer as tutors to help our community children with homework. The tutoring program has proven to be beneficial for everyone involved; the children gain mentors and role models, while the teens learn about responsibility and accountability in their volunteer role.
Hours of Operation: September-May (vacation breaks are observed) Thursdays, 3:00pm-4:15pm. Enrollment in the program occurs twice during the School Year in August and January.
During the summer, Monument Crisis Center runs a six-week summer camp for children ages 5 through 12. Three staff members and twenty teen counselors conduct the program, giving our children an opportunity to exercise their mind and body, in addition to learning new skills with older peer role models. Camp activities include field trips, games in the park, a week-long education program at the Lindsey Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, and a variety of additional activities. In a neighborhood with very few parks and even fewer yards, this program provides the children with a safe environment to play and learn.
Summer Camp Counselor Application Guidelines
Hours of Operation: Schedule varies; please contact our Josemar Hernandez for more details.
Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) began in February of 2008 as a leadership development and youth enrichment program for high school students. Currently YAB focuses on self-expression through art, community service, and college preparation. The Center connects YAB members to colleges around the Bay Area by setting up tours and appointments with alumni and university staff. In addition, YAB members make strong connections within our community through volunteer opportunities at the Center. The teens learn to work together to positively impact the local community.
Hours of Operation: September – May, Mondays, 3:30pm-4:30pm (School Holidays Observed)
How Can You Help?
Collect and donate school supplies or nutritious snacks for the children or donate your time to share a special activity with the children. High school students may volunteer as summer counselors and tutors during the school year! For our YAB program please let us know if you or someone else might like to speak to our group, share about their profession, community involvement or leadership advice! Contact Kelsey Ross with inquiries.