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The Epicenter


The Epicenter exists to empower at-risk and systems involved youth ages 16-24 to flourish by connecting them to community resources that provide opportunities for equity and hope in order to improve youth outcomes in Monterey County

The Big Idea

The Epicenter works to connect young people ages 16 to 24 with community resources that will provide opportunities to thrive in Monterey County. The nonprofit works primarily with youth who face challenges, such as experience with systems like foster care or the courts, and who benefit from extra support. As young people are emerging from the pandemic, during which many of them struggled to maintain academic skills in an online-only environment, The Epicenter’s Big Idea is to bolster support through its Peer2Peer tutoring program. Specifically, the nonprofit is raising funds to offer stipends to peer tutors who work with their classmates – benefitting both the tutors seeking additional employment, and the student getting educational support.

"The Epicenter has taught me to be more confident and to share my voice. It has given me that sense of family and support that I had not had prior to coming to the center. They helped me get my driver's license, and helped me with my Hiset (GED)."

- Angelo

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.