The South County Youth Coalition is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that collaborates with other agencies to provide numerous services to children and families.
The Fun Run each October at the Nipomo Park is the major fundraising event of the year. The Nipomo Community Thanksgiving Dinner, held this past weekend, is one of the SCYCs sponsored events that benefits from student volunteers of the Key Club (Kiwanis) at Nipomo High School. Laurie Morgan, treasurer, and full-time systems coordinator of Services Affirming Family Empowerment, is a founding member of South County Youth Coalition. A group was formed in 1995 to work collaboratively toward services for children and families in South County. South County Youth Coalition includes the Nipomo Youth Coalition under the umbrella of the Family Resource Centers. SCYC received tax-exempt status and became a 503 (c) non-profit in 1998.
Mary Squellati, of Nipomo, is site coordinator for the Nipomo and Oceano Family Resource Centers and volunteers with the youth coalition in several capacities, including the Fun Run, and helping out all day at the Nipomo Community Thanksgiving Dinner. South County Youth Coalition is supported entirely by grants with all money going directly to children and families. The grants support families who would not otherwise be able to send their children to summer camps, science camp or a yearly trip to Yosemite for Mesa Middle school students. The grants also allow children the means to participate in sports teams and provides music, dance and art lessons.