Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health and Human Services


The purpose of this capstone project was to shine light onto the current crises girls in East Salinas are facing. The project addressed the hardships girls are facing by not having someone they feel comfortable talking to. The project highlighted and promoted coping skills for the hardships they go through everyday such as growing up in low-income families, high violence rates and the lack of resources available to them. There are many consequences that affect the girl’s mentality. Some of these consequences include isolation, behavioral issues and lack of empowerment. The capstone project provided a Girls Support Group at Taylor Farms: Center for Learning. This group discussed important concepts that are relevant to the girls such as bullying, healthy relationships, self-love and many more. The expected outcomes were to create a safe and comfortable environment for the girls to share their stories. Overall, 100% of the girls felt safe in group. The findings and recommendations were Girls Group can be effective if given more resources to provide more hands-on activities for the girls.