Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services


Santa Cruz County Friday Night Live (FNL) is a youth development program that aims to reduce youth access to alcohol and educate the community on impaired driving incidences. Impaired driving among teens and young adults is a significant concern in Santa Cruz County and youth access to alcohol is an important risk factor. This capstone consists of the implementation of the On-Sale Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards. The project involved a community evaluation that assessed if and how businesses are taking steps to reduce youth access to alcohol and to decrease impaired driving incidences through an in-person interview and evaluation with business owners. The evaluation findings show that, in general, businesses in the county are taking necessary precautions to prevent youth access to alcohol and impaired driving crashes. FNL will continue these evaluations and produce further community education opportunities.