Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Seaside High School is located on the Central Coast of California and is home to 1,119 students. Bullying has many negative effects on high school students. Some consequences of bullying are suicide, depression and anxiety, and increased likelihood of dropouts. At Seaside High School, a survey was conducted to see if there was a need for a peer mentor program. After analyzing 136 responses from the freshmen and sophomore class, 64.7% of the respondents said they would benefit from having a peer mentor show them around the school and help them out with classes.Another question that was asked on the survey was to describe the first week of Freshman year. Responses included “lost,” “painful,” and “It sucked because I had no friends.” Seaside High School is introducing a new program named Spartan Connections that trains senior teacher assistants in the counseling office on how to talk to and mentor the freshmen class. Spartan Connectionsgives an opportunity for seniors to lead and guide incoming freshmen through a successful high school experience. As an intern through the CHHS program at CSUMB, bringing this program to Seaside High has developed competency in leadership toward health promotion and anti-bullying.