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Mission Statement

The Youth Resource Bank is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that works with professionals in our community, including social workers, teachers, and public health nurses, to meet the practical needs falling outside of available public services for at-risk youth. We provide items such as backpacks, sports equipment, school supplies, and jackets. The Youth Resource Bank believes that small things can make a big difference in the life of a child.


History of the Youth Resource Bank

Judge Thomas BlackThe YRB was formed through the inspiration of a Juvenile Court judge, the Honorable Judge Thomas Black, who had long demonstrated a commitment to youth and his community. In 1982, Judge Black was presiding in his courtroom when a young defendant appeared before him covering his mouth with his hand. Judge Black repeatedly requested that the defendant remove his hand when he spoke. When the young man finally moved his hand, he revealed his very crooked teeth and other dental problems and began to cry. Judge Black asked Lynn C. Miller, then with the Probation Department, what might be done to assist the young man. Mr. Miller asked Judge Black what they might do together. They reached out to a local dentist and an orthodontist to donate the needed work, and the Youth Resource Bank was born.

The YRB founders (including Judge Black and Mr. Miller) quickly realized the difficulties facing similar efforts in neighboring counties, including the lack of sustainability due to dependence on government funding, as well as diversion of resources to overhead and staffing. As a result, YRB was set up as an all-volunteer organization, and in 1989 was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The model has proven extremely successful. As similar organizations have died as a result of budget cuts, the YRB has served thousands of children in need, and approaches its 25th anniversary.

YRB played an important role in the development of the Santa Cruz County tattoo removal program. YRB, working with Dominican Hospital and Dr. Morgan Magid, provide laser tattoo removal, allowing young men and women who have reconsidered their tattoos, often related to gang affiliation, to have them removed in exchange for volunteer service hours or sliding scale payment. Today, Dominican Hospital carries on the tattoo removal program.

Judge Kathleen AkaoWe dedicate our work to the memories of Judge Thomas Black (above) and Judge Kathleen Akao (left), both of whom were deeply committed to justice for the youth of our community.

 

Officers

Honorable John Salazar, Chair
Zach Friend, Honorary Chair
Lynn C. Miller, Vice Chair
Nathan Benjamin, Secretary
Keith Johnson, Chief Financial Officer



Directors

JoAnn Allen
Melissa Delgadillo
Robert Doty
Stanley G. Einhorn Ph.D
Laura Garnette
Tascha Haut
Dr. Kevin Ippisch
Mary James
Carol Johnson
Patricia King
Cameron Logan
Kathy Martinez
Robert M. Patterson
Scott Munro, MFT
Jim Rapoza
Hugh Seagraves
Honorable Stephen S. Siegel
Mandy Spitzer
Nancy Virostko
Claudine Wildman



Advisory Board

Margie Childers
Patty Demerest
Layla Franks
Chris Hirsch
Linda Judson
Morgan Magid, M.D
Sherri Panick
Michael Watkins