Welcome to South Coast Together!

Here you will find helpful information about our work, including efforts at building community resilience, parenting tips, highlights of efforts in the south coast communities to promote well-being, announcements of upcoming events, and links to resources. Email us if you’d like to become involved in South Coast Together.


Itzel Ramirez
SCT Support

Renee Menkens
SCT Co- Chair

Leah Lorincz
SCT Co-Chair

Dawn Granger
Administrator, SCESD

What is south coast together?

A community collaborative focused on fostering resilience in Coos and Curry counties. Its goals are to engage community members as agents of change in preventing the accumulation of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to build resilience in children, adolescents, and families.

how did it begin?

This effort came from the desire to get to the root cause of poor population health outcomes in our community. Trainings about the ACEs Study & Trauma-informed care in the Rogue Valley & Curry County spurred requests from Advanced Health members, providers, local clinics, early learning partners, and schools.

what does sct do?

SCT provides no-cost trainings and workshops to citizens and professionals regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the impact of adversity across the lifespan, self-regulation and resilience. It facilitates activities to engage members of the community in working together to address community challenges, including Family Cafes, film showings, and community conversations.

We have YTP Sites at Coos Bay, Coquille, Gold Beach, North Bend and Port Orford School Districts. Find your school’s program and service offerings below.

What we work on

Resume Building, Applications, Job/Career Exploration, CIS, Mock Interviews, Food Handlers Cards, Oregon Driver Test Preparation, OHP Applications, FAFSA, etc. We work on anything that will help our students be successful in the workplace and in life.

What we do

The students at Marshfield have the opportunity to get hands on work experience by hand-making candles and working with a Melco embroidery machine. All the products that the students make are sold at the local farmers market and all proceeds go back to the YTP program to help the students with anything they need to be successful in the workplace and postsecondary education.

The Youth Transition Program serves youth with disabilities and differences who need support beyond services typically offered though the general or special education program to achieve their secondary and post-secondary employment and continuing education goals.

Marshfield YTP is located in the main building in room 213. If you have questions about the program, please contact Melissa Downs by email at mdowns@nbend.k12.or.us or by phone at (541) 751-7155.

North Bend High School Youth Transition Program

Welcome! North Bend High is home to our transition specialist – Melissa Downs. Our YTP program is home to seven different school based work experience opportunities which are:

Bulldog Brew Coffee Shop
Spill the Beans Coffee Roasting
Signs and Designs
Clothes Closet
Boneyard School Store
Bulldog Youth Food Pantry
Tag You’re It

These opportunities allow for students to gain incredible hands on experience working in the community and on campus to learn communication skills, work skills, problem solving, and adapting to situations. At the Bulldog Brew a student not only learns how to become a barista and make incredible coffee but learns how to manage a customer who is not happy with a product or how to think fast on their feet if were out of an item. Preparing them for the real work world while also supporting each student’s different needs and skills. Students who participate in Clothes Closet and Food Pantry gain an incredible experience in where their work helps many, many students and families in our community. They learn about empathy, listening skills, open communication, confidentiality, and organizing.

Students also get the awesome opportunity to go into the community and work at our local winter and summer Farmers Market and sell the items we created. Signs and Designs and well as roasted coffee are a big hit at our booth where students learn how to start a conversation with someone they’ve never met, get the potential customer excited about a product they’ve made, and handle cash transactions.

Our YTP site works closely with students to prepare them for entering the work world or post-secondary education. We work hand in hand with our local Vocational Rehabilitation office. Our VR specialist comes to our site at least monthly and meets families and students to create a team atmosphere. At North Bend we pride ourselves in getting to know our students and what their dreams are and create a plan to help each student succeed.

The Coquille Youth Transition Program is offered to students at both Coquille High School and Winter Lakes High school. Our focus is better prepare students with the skills they will need after high school. The Youth Transition Program can help students who plan on entering the work force immediately, as well as students who wish to attend post secondary education or vocational job training. Our services are based on the individual needs of the student. Some of things we do include career exploration, FAFSA and college scholarship applications, job searching and resume writing, mock interviews, driving test preparation and linking students to other resources available to them. For more information regarding the Youth Transition Program please contact Melissa Downs by email at mdowns@nbend.k12.or.us or by phone at (541) 751-7155.

Job Skills

Gold Beach High School YTP works on job skills, to introduce students on how to learn the best ways to incorporate into a new job; they work on resume writing, practice applications practice/mock interviews, job evaluations, setting goals, learning work ethics, learning to dress appropriately and good hygiene skills, problem solving, and anything that can help our students become successful for future jobs or needing help for their future.

School Based Businesses

Gold Beach High School YTP has several school based businesses, which help students learn basic job skills, which they may use later on in life. Our school based business are:

The Panther’s Palace – a little store where we sell all our homemade items at the school, during home games, at the yearly Holiday Bazaar, and sometimes at The Farmer’s Market, plus we sell supplies that are needed by students in the school.

Fire Bricks – students usually make firebricks weekly, and sell them to local community campgrounds, and within our school store.

Candles/Soaps/Jam – students make candles/soaps/Jam during the summer to sell in our store.
Smoothies-students sell smoothies at local games, the Holiday Bazaar, the farmer’s market, and during the summer, using a large granite machine.

Jewelry – students make our popular Panther bracelets/earrings to sell in our store.

Other Items of Importance

Gold Beach YTP works with our partners Voc. Rehab to help students get all their job related needs. YTP also helps students with DMV, Food Handler’s, DHS needs, plus anything students may need to be as successful as possible. Feel free to contact Teresa Gibbs at teresag@scesd.k12.or.us or 541-425-0043, if you have any questions about the program.


Pacific High School YTP works on job skills with all their students, to help them learn the best skills to get the perfect job; they work on resume writing, applications, how to use a reference, communication skills, self-advocacy skills, setting goals for themselves, soft skills, and anything else to help students become successful for future jobs.


Pacific High School has 4 school based businesses, which teaches students job skills that they may use in their future. Our school based businesses are:

The Cool Pirate – a small smoothie business where we sell smoothies during school breaks, 2 days a week and occasional home games.

Candles – Students make candles during free times once a week, will sell at the Cool Pirate, during school time, occasional home games, and Farmer’s Markets during the summer.

Jewelry – Students make pirate bracelet/earrings to sell at The Cool Pirate.
Coffee-students sell coffee 2 mornings a week, using a Keurig machine.


Pacific High School YTP partners with Vocational Rehabilitation to meet the needs of the students that is job related. YTP also helps students with post-secondary educations and other trainings, driver’s training, getting Food Handler’s card, Birth Certificate, Social Security card, or anything else to meet the needs of each individual student, so they can become successful in their own future goals.

Feel free to contact Teresa Gibbs at teresag@scesd.k12.or.us or 541-425-0043 if you have any questions about the program.


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