Student Leadership & Engagement

Student Leadership and Engagement overview

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) is committed to ensuring that our students have the skills to become our next leaders. We want our students to have a vision for themselves and our community. 

Dr. Faris Sabbah
Dr. Faris Sabbah
Celeste Guttierez
Student Leadership & Engagement Coordinator
(831) 466-5713
Verenise Valentin
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
(831) 466-5909

Our student leadership initiatives provide the means for students to develop essential leadership skills such as strategic and critical thinking, clear communication, and how to set measurable goals. The Santa Cruz County Student Leadership and Engagement Programs demonstrate to students the value in being of service to others, commitment to growth, honesty, and being responsible and thoughtful decision makers. 

To stay up to date please follow us on Instagram at @sccsstudentleadership

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”


Student Resources and Countywide Student Events

Civic Summit

The Civic Summit is a unique non-partisan learning experience meant to deepen the understanding of the local electoral process. Local high school students partake in a full day of learning about the importance of civic engagement and the role of elected officials.

Past Civic Summits

Santa Cruz County Youth for Environmental Action

The purpose of the Youth Environmental Leadership Group is to increase and connect youth and community efforts focused on environmental sustainability and implementation of local solutions.

For more information contact Amity Sandage at asandage@santacruzcoe.org or Celeste Gutierrez at cgutierrez@santacruzcoe.org

To stay up to date please follow us on Instagram at @sccsstudentleadership

“I am passionate about social justice and I want to make sure that future generations have the same opportunities to be enriched in the outdoors as I have.” 

–Youth Environmental Leadership Participant 

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