Who We Are

The Santa Cruz County Youth Resource Bank (YRB) is a non-profit (501c 3), all-volunteer organization working with professionals in our community—social workers, teachers, and public health nurses—to meet the needs of at-risk youth in Santa Cruz County. YRB provides funding and items such as backpacks, sports equipment, school supplies, clothing, and so much more. YRB believes that small things can make a big difference in the life of a child.

How It Works

YRB accepts requests from organizations and professionals working in the community with at-risk youth, including teachers, public health nurses, social workers, and juvenile counselors. These are the people who understand the patchwork of programs and systems, and who know when a child has fallen between the cracks and needs a little help without red tape. Because of our network of referrals, the YRB serves many children and young adults not covered by various systems and agencies. MORE » MORE

YRB does not accept requests from the general public. When a request is received, it is quickly reviewed and if the request meets basic requirements (assistance to a child in a situation in which there are no other immediately available resources, typically up to $150 per child), YRB fills the request with, for example, a check to a science camp or gym fee, a Ross or Safeway gift card, providing a quick and specific response to an acute need.

YRB serves many children and young adults not covered by various state, county and city programs. YRB typically receives five or more requests for assistance per week, the vast majority of which are fulfilled without delay, red tape or hassle.


The YRB is funded through gifts of generous donors and sponsors. YRB is operated entirely by a volunteer board with almost no overhead, so the money we raise goes directly to those who need it, “a dollar in is a dollar out” to the children in our community!

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About Us

History of the Youth Resource Bank

The Santa Cruz County Youth Resource Bank (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. MORE »

The Youth Resource Bank 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 and the YRB continues to serve thousands of children in need.

Youth Resource Bank also played an important role in the development of the Santa Cruz County tattoo removal program. YRB — working with Dominican Hospital and Dr. Morgan Magid — provided 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.

Officers, Directors, Advisory Board

Patty King, President
Nathan Benjamin, Vice President 
Jeff Gaffney, Second Vice President
JoAnn Allen, Secretary
Patrice Kraemer, Treasurer

Barbara Lee
Bob Patterson
Cameron Logan
Carol Johnson
Celeste Gutierrez
Claudine Wildman
Jamie Murray
Jim Rapoza
Jim Tracey
Keith Johnson
Kimberly Petersen
Laura Garnette
Lori Feldstein
Lynn Miller
Mandy Spitzer
Melissa Delgadillo
Salvador Allen
Sandy Bradley
Scott Munro
Stan Einhorn
Tascha Haut


Just a few stories on how Youth Resource Bank (YRB) has helped local families...

• Six chairs for a dining table belonging to a grandmother on Social Security caring for six children due to their parents’ inability to do so. What she wanted more than anything was for them to all be able to sit together to have dinner on Christmas day.

• Good winter boots, coats, and warm sleeping gear for two teenage boys that grew up in the foster care system are were living in group homes. The boys were able to comfortably go to an Outward Bound type camp. Each boy considered it a life-changing experience.

• Beds for a mother and three children who were sleeping on blankets on the floor of their home.

• A tricycle for a three-year-old girl placed with her grandmother after suffering brain trauma due to unexplained head injuries. Her physical therapist advised that the child could benefit from spending regular time using some play equipment, specifically a tricycle.

• Tutoring for two young people that have recently been placed in foster care and because of the unrest in their homes, have fallen behind in critical subjects.

• Clothing for a young man that is trying hard to shed his gang connections and stay away from that life but needs clothing without gang colors.

• A crib for a young, single mom that is reunifying with her six-month-old, who has been in foster care since birth. Mom has successfully completed substance addiction treatment, has obtained employment/financial resources, has obtained housing, has done everything that Family & Children's Services has asked of her, and once she has a crib, she will be ready to start having overnight visits with her baby. The next step will be for the court to order reunification.

And a few thank you notes YRB has received:

• Thank you for helping my family... Your agency was a first for me and I was treated respectfully and mindfully. This was and is one of the most challenging times of my life, and dealing with support agencies isn’t always this way.”

— Parent of family supported with new shoes and clothes for school

• Thank you for the $100 gift contribution for our student here at Gault School. Your gift brightened our student’s day and she is coming to school today glowing. I sincerely appreciate what the Youth Resource Bank does for our communities and the lift it provides for those in need. This is truly a great organization, ‘filling the gap for children in need.’”

— School Counselor, Gault Elementary School

• Thank you so much for the kindness you and Youth Resource Bank of Santa Cruz County gave to me and my children. They were so excited when we went to Target to shop.”

— Mother of a 13 year old and a 17 year old

• I am especially thankful for the handiwork of Mr. Miller, he was kind and compassionate when helping me with the challenges I was facing in my life.”

— Recipient of services


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The YRB accepts referrals only from local agencies and staff. However, YRB gratefully accepts support and donations from a wide spectrum of the community.

Youth Resource Bank
P.O. Box 1844 
Capitola, CA 95010

Tax ID# 77-0197150




Sponsors and Friends

The sponsors listed below provide the majority of our funding. YRB, and of course the children and families that are the recipients of their generosity, are grateful for their continued support.

Again, Youth Resource Bank is operated entirely by a volunteer board with almost no overhead. The money we raise goes directly to those who need it, “a dollar in is a dollar out” to the children in our community is our mission.

Bay Federal


Bay Federal Credit Union is Santa Cruz County’s largest locally-owned financial institution, with over $1.1 billion in assets. Bay Federal provides full service financial products and solutions to Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties. As a local, member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, we are passionate about contributing to the community and being an integral part of its incredible story.

Santa Cruz Seaside Company


The Santa Cruz Seaside Company is one of the oldest and largest employers in Santa Cruz County. In addition to the world-famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk amusement park, SCSC businesses include the Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove, Boardwalk Bowl, Sea & Sand Inn, and Carousel Beach Inn.

Monterey Bay Resources


Monterey Bay Resources is a Santa Cruz based real estate company that provides niche lending solutions for property owners and prospective buyers seeking access to private funds quickly and at competitive rates. They provide financing for both investment property and owner-occupied properties, upon qualification.

NHS (Santa Cruz Skateboards)



NHS was established over 40 years ago in Santa Cruz, California, and is one of the most innovative and respected skateboard companies in the world today. NHS brands include Santa Cruz Skateboards, Independent Truck Company, Creature Skateboards, OJ Wheels, Road Rider Wheels, Krux Trucks, Ricta Wheel Dynamics, Mob Grip, Bullet, Nor Cal Clothing, Slime Balls Wheels and Bronson Speed Co.

Kiwanis International


Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance.

Farmers Insurance


Farmers Insurance Group is an American insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides other insurance and financial services products. Farmers is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 19 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 21,000 employees.

Benjamin/Leibrock Law Office


Benjamin/Leibrock provides legal expertise and a deep knowledge of – and connection to – the Santa Cruz community.

Ramsey Lath & Plaster


Ramsey Lath & Plaster was founded in 1982 in Santa Cruz, California as a small residential plastering company. They are now one of the Bay Area’s premier specialty contractors serving both the residential and commercial markets.

We would also like to thank these very important contributors:

The children and grandchildren of Judge Black, who have made a substantial donation to support our work in his memory.

Our board members, who spend many volunteer hours planning and hosting the annual cabaret and administering our resources.

Mark Gillham of Destiny Design, who donates many hours and his amazing talent to the design and maintenance of this website.



Donate now using PayPal or your credit card:

Or, mail your check to us at:

Youth Resource Bank
P.O. Box 1844
Capitola, California 95010

YRB is a 501 c 3 nonprofit.
(Tax ID # 77-0197150)

The children and youth of Santa Cruz County thank you for your donation!