Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Youth Alliance is a non-profit organization located in Hollister, California. GUIAS is a program that encompasses youth leadership, supports, and guides students to become socially responsible and emotionally stable to confront challenges. San Benito High School (SBHS) is one of the many schools that GUIAS focuses on in social-emotional learning among students through case management. It is important for students to be aware of their social, emotional, and cognitive development challenges and coping mechanisms. The problem addressed is that students ages 8-18 do not understand the importance of Social-Emotional Learning. Some contributing factors to this are that students’ culture leads to discrimination and isolation, students are socially disadvantaged, psychological trauma, and lack of parent involvement. Without addressing these contributing factors later in life it can lead to severe consequences such as being less likely to get support for mental health, low achieving academic performance, and low-self esteem. For this same reason, the development of the Social-Emotional Learning Ice Breakers (SELIB) was created to address the issue of case management establishing a relationship with clients. The SELIB is intended to be used when case managers are working with clients and have a deep and meaningful conversation. The project's findings concluded that 85% of the students that were served in case management at SBHS showed an improvement in finding coping mechanisms in regards to anxiety and depression. There needs to be a larger scope of students to identify how the SELIB has impacted them in the long term.