Youth Enrichment


2016 Back-2-School Backpack Drive

Monument Crisis Center is proud to once again be hosting our annual Back-2-School Backpack Drive!  This year we signed up over 1,000 students ranging from K- high school from low income families in Contra Costa County.  Your contribution will give students in need the opportunity to begin the school year on the right foot!  Lists and directions can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who participated and donated towards our 2015 Back-2-School Backpack Drive!  Thanks to your help more than 1,400 students were able to start the school year with a brand new backpack filled with supplies!  An album of our distribution event can be found here!  – 2015 Backpack Distribution

In Summer 2016 we will continue the tradition and set the bar even higher!  Check back for more updates for the 2016 Back-2-School Backpack Drive!

Youth Enrichment Program Applications

Download the new application for all youth programs in English and Spanish.

After School  Café Tutoring

Fall means the return of our tutoring program!  After School Cafe will begin on September 26th and run from 3-4:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday of the school year, holidays excepted.  Please check calendar for all dates and times.  For questions regarding this program please contact our After School Café Coordinator, Bertha Lopez, at  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 Wednesday and 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-4:30pm. Enrollment in the program occurs twice during the School Year in August and January for both tutors and students.

Summer Camp

During the summer, Monument Crisis Center runs a seven-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 minds and bodies, 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 East Bay Regional Parks, 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 Guidelines and Application.

Hours of Operation: Schedule varies; please contact our Josemar Hernandez for more details. 

Teen Center

The Monument Crisis Teen Center provides middle school students with a safe environment in which they can interact with both peers and college age mentors.  This program will seek to give the students a safe, supportive, and nurturing place to go after school.  The Teen Center is held every Wednesday and Thursday during the school year, holidays excepted.  For more information please contact Josemar Hernandez at


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 Sabrina Santos with inquiries.