Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The youth population in the public school system in San Benito County are involved in an increasing number of unhealthy relationships. The Youth Alliance is a non-profit organization located in Hollister, CA. Their mission is to provide innovative and culturally relevant services that strengthen and enrich youth, families and the community. This agency is working together with the elementary, middle and high schools within San Benito County to help support young men and women to create and maintain healthy relationships. The Healthy Relationships Workshop is a workshop-based group held for youth 12 and older at Rancho San Justo Middle School and the Youth Alliance agency that aims to support these efforts. Once the need was identified, the curriculum and existing groups were studied. From there the relationship workshop agenda and goal were created. Pre and post surveys were also created to measure the success of the workshop. It was expected that at least ten students would attend each workshop and at least half of the students would have an increased knowledge of being able to tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. The results of the workshop were, the number of attendees exceeded the expectation, as did the percent of students with an increased knowledge, with 88 percent of students finding the workshop very helpful. It is recommended that the Youth Alliance Agency provide a continuing relationship group on a weekly basis, both at the agency and within the schools. It is also important that they have a professional, such as a therapist, on site, that is available and accessible to these students, to help support them in their relationship needs.