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General Agency Information
Name:Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos
Alternate Name(s):Barrios Unidos
Address:1817 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-457-8208
Fax Number:831-457-0389
 Use California Relay: Yes
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:The California Coalition of Barrios Unidos began as a community based peace movement in the violent streets of urban California in 1977 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1993. Over the past twenty-five years Barrios Unidos has developed a model that seeks to reclaim and restore the lives of struggling youth while promoting unity amongst families and neighbors through community building efforts.
Programs:The uniqueness of Barrios Unidos' Programs is our approach to the dilemma of youth violence. Our belief is that community workers who have experienced and overcome the challenges facing young people today are best able to assist them in choosing life affirming behavior. We focus on building positive self-esteem and cultural pride through meaningful activities, education and job training.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: integral to the work of Barrios Unidos, staff members are called upon to provide their expertise and support in public schools, juvenile halls, prisons, and local communities, as well as communities throughout the nation and numerous organizations both nationally and internationally. Includes: Kids Clubs, Youth Groups, Parents Groups, Medi-Cal insurance, High School Mentoring, Juvenile Hall is a multi-cultural bilingual program that focuses on indigenous traditions and teaching, Street Outreach and Cultural Programs.

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: to provide jobs for youth from local communities and to assist Barrios Unidos to become economically self training. Barrios Unidos operates a full service, custom silkscreening service called BU productions which introduces youth to the work culture and provides training in a marketable trade.Youth Learn production, sales, marketing, design, and administration work. youth develop increased self-esteem, leadership skills, a sense of accomplishment, pride in their work, and hope for their future.
BU Productions is located:
Next to Barrios Unidos Headquarters (1817 Soquel Ave.)at 1815 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz
Phone (831)469-TEES (8337)
Store Hours:Mon-Fri:9-4

THE PRISON PROJECT: is dedicated to providing cultural and spiritual education, support, and hope to incarcerated individuals.

COUNSELING PROGRAMS: A bilingual and culturally sensitive program, personalized to meet the individual needs of youth and to enhance the strengths and assets of each family.

Warrior Circle: Week long retreat for boys and young men to develop skills in strengthening communication, teamwork, and conflict

Adelita Circle: Week long retreat for girls and young women to develop skills in strengthening communication, teamwork, and conflict resolution.

Resource information, Medi-Cal, Medical, Dental, Mental Health and other Health related services where Medi-Cal is accepted.
Assistance in filling out the required Medi-Cal forms. For additional information or to make an appointment, Call Carol Saffen or Josefina Gaona 831-457-8208

Volunteer: Long and short term opportunities available through internships, field studies, probation, or court mandates to gain work experience.
Volunteer Info:Download and print volunteer application from website. Call 457.8208 or email for more information.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:Call for Information
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Funding Source:Donations

Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez
Executive Director

Otilio  Quintero
Assistant Director

Subject Headings
Crime Prevention
Cultural Awareness/Competencies Training
Gang Members
Gang Programs
Leadership Development
Outreach Programs
Private Nonprofits
Self Esteem Workshops
Test Preparation
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Business Programs
Youth Community Service Programs
Youth Development
This record last modified February 10, 2015