Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Thousands of homeless individuals in the United States do not have their basic hygiene and nutrition needs met. The Youth Homeless Response Team (YHRT) is a non-profit organization that works to connect homeless youth to wrap around services they need to thrive. YHRT works with unaccompanied at-risk youth in Santa Cruz between the ages of 15-24 who are either literally homeless, at risk of homelessness, or fleeing a domestic violence situation. Unfortunately, YHRT does not have sufficient funding to provide client assistance. This capstone project consisted of implementing “Cheers for a Cause”, a one-day online fundraising event that highlights the importance of giving back to those in need, with proceeds directly benefiting homeless youth in Santa Cruz County. The event was implemented on April 22, 2022 and raised a total of $600. It is recommended that YHRT continues with this format of fundraising events to enhance its capacity to provide services for homeless youth.