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Youth Alliance participates in San Benito Gives 2019!


Youth Alliance is excited to announce that it will be participating in #SanBenitoGives this year with Community Foundation for San Benito County​!

San Benito Gives is a day of giving where the community can participate in small or large quantities. This is a great way to involve youth in the philanthropic process even if their contribution is as little as $5. SB Gives culminates on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 with a 24-hour race that will give incentives to those organizations that bring in the most number of unique donors. This is tracked through email addresses the donors provide, thus one person can donate as many times as the number of emails they own. Please help support Youth Alliance from now to September 10. $5 makes a huge difference!

#changemakers #YA25 #giving #philanthropy #investinyouth


Support Services in light of Garlic Festival Tragedy

Youth Alliance is on call for what ever is needed to help our community that we love. YA Gilroy office is open all day if you need support or just want to be among friends. 7598 Monterey S. (Off Lewis) Counseling resources are available at Christopher High, July 29, from 8 am-5 pm as students, staff and community begin healing.

Youth Alliance’s Gilroy Office will also be open all day for support and resources. Just a reminder that Youth Allliance Gilroy Office is located in downtown Gilroy, entering through Lewis Street. For questions, call 408.840.3685


2019 Change Makers


Saturday, September 21, 2019

5:30pm – 10pm

The Barn by Leal Vineyards

6971 Airline Hwy

Hollister, CA 95023


Sponsorships and tickets available! Call 831-636-2853.

Purchase Tickets at changemakers2019.eventbrite.com

This year, YA is thrilled to announce that we have set ourselves a $250,000 fundraising goal in celebration of our 25 Year Anniversary. Dubbed the #YA25 Campaign, our vision is to give each of you the opportunity to participate in bringing to life much-needed community youth impact centers. These centers will be equipped with multiple counseling rooms and youth-training spaces complete with computer stations. Using restorative justice principles, our aim is to create spaces designed for youth empowerment, positive expression, education and most importantly, life success.

This year’s event is not to be missed and will include entertainment, raffles, auctions, celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Your continued generosity through sponsorship, partnership, volunteer work and donations ensures that YA is able to continue its mission to effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth. Your sponsorship in our #YA25 campaign looks forward to building out our youth impact centers, awarding scholarships / fellowships to local youth, as well as expanding our highly needed outreach support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.


THANK YOU to our current sponsors:

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Workshop


Youth Alliance, in partnership with the San Benito County Office of Education, invites the community to the Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline workshop on March 20 at Paine’s Restaurant in Hollister. Tia Martinez, Principal at Forward Change Consulting, is expected to present the historical and current landscape of what is nationally known as the “School to Prison Pipeline.”

The School to Prison Pipeline is a descriptor for the fact that students who have been suspended have far higher dropout rates and are significantly more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system than their peers. Data at the state and national levels show that these outcomes disproportionately affect youth of color and youth with disabilities.

In an effort to scale up the systems, structures, and policies that build safe, holistic, and healing schools for all students, participants will review the statewide school discipline trends and discuss best practices in the creation of a continuum of positive supports for their school and community. Participants will have the opportunity to work in school district or community teams to problem solve and create an action plan to support all students.

Local school district or community teams are encouraged to attend, including teachers, counselors, behavioral health professionals, law enforcement, administrators, parents, and young adults. We will work to identify areas for improvement and partnerships needed to support the educational success of all.

Some research: “There is little evidence that suspension and expulsion benefit students or their communities. Psychologists have found that disciplinary exclusion policies can increase “student shame, alienation, rejection, and breaking of healthy adult bonds,” thereby exacerbating negative mental health outcomes for young people. Behavioral problems among school-age youth are associated with high rates of depression, drug addiction, and home-life stresses. For students with these mental health concerns, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has found that suspension can increase stress and may predispose them to antisocial behavior and even suicidal ideation.

-American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). (2003). Policy statement: Out-of-school suspension and expulsion.” Pediatrics. 112 (5). 1206-1210.

To register for this workshop, go to https://sanbenito.k12oms.org/ and use the calendar function to find the workshop link.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Monica Barragan at (831) 637-5393 ext. 126 or email mbarragan@sbcoe.k12.ca.us.

Proud Parenting Program

Youth Alliance, in partnership with the San Benito County Office of Education, is excited to offer the Proud Parenting Program in San Benito County.  Funded through a grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), the program is available to young or expectant parents, ages 14-25, who have been or are currently involved in the criminal justice, juvenile justice and/or child welfare system.


Goal:   Break the intergenerational cycle of violence and delinquency by

  • Increasing knowledge around essential life-skills and resources and competency around pro-social expectations
  • Increasing the use of positive parenting methods, techniques and strategies which do not include the use of corporal punishment
  • Experiencing positive changes in overall family cohesion and decrease in family conflict or violence 

Highlights:   Participants attend the 13-week Nurturing Parenting® Program which offers in-class teaching, group therapy support and home visits.  In addition, each participant  receives case-management services for 6 months to 3 years, as needed.  Case-management includes connecting young parents to resources and introducing them to pro-social events such as enrolling at a gym or signing their child up for a sports team.


Agencies can make referrals to the Proud Parenting Program through the electronic referral form located here.


For more information, please contact Margie Allen at margie@youthall.org



September 22, 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!

Our marquee fundraising event will be held at the Willey Cultural Center, 140 Fifth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020.

Reception, wine & beer tastings, refreshments, music and program will begin at 4:00pm and continue until 8:00pm.

Sponsorships and tickets available! Contact Eduardo Navarro at eddy@youthall.org.

To purchase tickets, click HERE or the link below:


This year’s event is not to be missed and will include entertainment, raffles, auctions, wine & beer tastings, celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Through our donors, sponsors, and volunteers, Youth Alliance helps effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth. This year, funds will be used to award scholarships to college-bound youth and to sustain our outreach and highly needed support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.

Special Thanks to our 2018 Change Makers Sponsors

LEAD Sponsors



ENGAGE Sponsors


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Sponsorship levels are offered at the tiers below and will provide expanding levels of recognition, logo opportunities, and program recognition.

LEAD $4,000

• Prominent Sponsor Recognition at Event and Name and Logo Placement throughout Reception
• Recognition on all Marketing Collateral, Press Releases, and Social Media
• Extensive publicity via traditional and social media platforms before and after event
• VIP Area
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

CONNECT $2,000

• VIP Area
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

GROW $1,000

• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 6 Event Tickets


• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 2 Event Tickets

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Eduardo Navarro at eddy@youthall.org or give us a call at 831.636.2853.


Please help Youth Alliance keep programs available for children and teens in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County!

Every day is a good day to give to YA! Please see below for donation opportunities.

San Benito Gives is coming May 15th – Together, we make the difference!

Youth Alliance will be participating in 2018’s San Benito GIVES on Tuesday May 15th!

Join us by donating to our agency and help us to continue the great work we’ve been doing for over 20 years.Your donation will help maintain our programs and services to ensure our community’s most vulnerable youth have professional support systems available to them for free. All donations submitted on May 15th will be eligible for a donation match made by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation thanks to a generous grant of $50,000! We are very excited to be a part of this fun, community event! Please join us and show your support for Youth Alliance!

Click HERE or the following link to visit our San Benito GIVES page.


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