Student Voices


Exciting Poetry Opportunities for Students in Santa Cruz County!

We have two amazing poetry opportunities for students this year. We have POETRY OUT LOUD, where students participate in a classroom, school, or poetry club
YLLA Group members

Join the Youth Led Leadership Alliance

Youth Led Leadership Alliance (YLLA) is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year! Any student attending a high school within Santa Cruz county is
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CTE 2022-23 Student Showcase

The CALS (Career and Adult Learning Services) team has been very proud of all the accomplishments that have taken place throughout the year. The dedication

Calling All Youth – Share Your Experiences!

The Capitola City, Capitola City Police, United Way of Santa Cruz County- Youth Action Network, Cradle To Career, and the Santa Cruz County Office of
Student Board Academy

Join the 2023 Student School Board Academy

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is pleased to announce the return of the School Board Academy for Students this summer! This 4-week program
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Student Summit Highlights Environmental Advocacy

By Avonlea Harwood Monday, April 22, was a day filled with community collaboration, moving student stories, and abundant opportunities for change. Youth for Environmental Action’s
FashionTeens 2023

FashionTeens 2023 Show Highlights Upcycled, Wearable Art

Tarps, tomato cages, plastic bags, newspaper, old books… You may be wondering what they have in common. They were all destined for the dump. Our

Suenos Student Spotlight: Verenise Valentin

This quarter’s Sueños spotlight features the COE’s own Verenise Valentin, assistant to the Superintendent. In 9th grade, Verenise’s sister, who also works at the COE,
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Santa Cruz student wins Congressional App Challenge!

The Congressional App Challenge is among the most prestigious prizes in student computer science. Every year, the U.S. Congress challenges students in their districts to create and

Dental Assisting Student Spotlight: Kalexiz Servin

We are excited to celebrate news from one of the Dental Assisting Program’s recent graduates. Kalexiz Servin, who was hired to work full time at

CTE Student Spotlight: Eric Hernandez

Eric is very close to our hearts at the COE. He attended high school at La Manzana through the Santa Cruz COE Alternative Education. His
YEA Summit 2022

2022 Environmental Action Summit

By Kayla Liu A passion of mine has always been environmental activism and sustainability. As a high school student, there was never the urgency that