- Youth Alliance (YA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit located in Hollister, Gilroy & Morgan Hill, CA that strives to create thriving and equitable communities through comprehensive, innovative and culturally relevant services that equip youth and families to become change agents in their own lives and in their community. The agency was founded in 1995 and began as a grassroots effort of committed volunteers and has evolved into an agency that benefits over 6,500 children, youth, and their families each year.
All of Youth Alliance’s efforts are embedded within a broader La Cultura Cura and community empowerment philosophy in response to the high poverty, rural locality, and migrant parent and youth population. Since 2010, we have been the lead trainer and technical assistance provider to schools, with a focus on positive school discipline and violence prevention through school climate change. Youth Alliance has led community engagement and youth organizing in high need/violent parks, provides the only pregnancy prevention programs in these communities, and will be the lead & provide technical assistance in key South Santa Clara school for restorative justice practices. Other accomplishments have included advocacy to bring in over $600,000 in dedicated revenue to support free after school programs and establishment of the first co-located behavioral health program for high school students and their families in San Benito County. Participation in regional and statewide boards, collaboratives, and advocacy groups such as California Equity Leaders Network joins providers and systems leaders to connect local issues with statewide initiatives.
Youth Alliance services seek to provide a continuum of support that includes after-school, summer, and late night prevention programs, early intervention bilingual counseling and case management, intervention programs serving at-promise youth in the juvenile justice system, teen parents, etc., as well as parent and systems leaders engagement and education. Programs are located in targeted schools (16 sites) and neighborhoods in South Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.
We believe that to develop strong youth leaders, we must work to build safe and supportive schools, neighborhoods, and communities with innovative support networks that guide and challenge youth to expand their understanding of themselves, others, and the belief for their future. This work is best done in partnership with youth, families, and stakeholders; so YA prioritizes parent engagement and mobilization, youth leadership and mentorship opportunities, and access to education and employment. Youth Alliance utilizes a relationship based outreach model within a framework of youth development, culturally responsive family and personal healing, and social equity to engage, empower, and coalesce resources. Because of this mutual trust and respect, YA is able to work with the hardest to reach and highest need youth and families.
Our Mission is to provide innovative and culturally relevant services that strengthen and enrich youth, families and the community.
Our vision is to empower youth as leaders who contribute to the social and economic betterment of their community.
Diane Ortiz, M.S.W.
Eliana Delgaldillo, M.S.W.
SOCIAL WORKER - CAMINOS
Ms. Eliana Delgadillo oversees the Caminos – counseling program for the Youth Alliance. She provides direct services to youth and families who do not have any insurance in San Benito County and supervises two Social Worker interns. For the Caminos program, Ms. Delgadillo also provides outreach education to local schools and community partners on recognizing early signs and symptoms of mental health problem behaviors. She also connects families to needed long term services.
Ms. Delgadillo has been working with YA for past 5 years to create an impact for each clients, families and community. Mrs. Delgadillo began with the Youth Alliance as a BASW student intern. She began providing case management and counseling services to youth on probation. She co-facilitated a Joven Noble group with probation youth and organized the end of the year retreat. Through the Joven Noble program, Mrs. Delgadillo also co-facilitated a parenting group for English and Spanish speaking parents.
Mrs. Delgadillo also worked with Go Kids to run their Preschool Expulsion Prevention Program. This program worked with preschool children, parents, and teachers to help understand and deal with problematic behaviors that were placing the child up for expulsion of preschool services.She holds MSW and BASW from San Jose State University.
Jason Franks oversees all aspects of the prevention and education of the FAMiLiA teen parent program, training and staff development of youth peer educators, and the curriculum development and digital engagement strategy for the StriveTV youth media outlet. He has 20+ years’ experience working in digital media including electronic music composition, video production, graphic and web design. Jason has worked with youth across many platforms ranging from his early career as a day care provider and a teacher’s aide at Santa Cruz High School to his recent work as a program leader and site coordinator in Youth Alliance’s very own after school program.Jason Franks is a graduate of UCSC with a major in Literature and a minor in Education with an emphasis on child development.
FAMiLiA CASE MANAGER
Elizabeth brings 12 years of experience as a Homestart Developmental Specialist in Early Intervention in the counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito. Provided families with the skills necessary to manage the developmental problems the child may experience. Provided these services in the home, Elizabeth worked to meet each child developmental needs as well as to support and educate families about community resources. She worked on all areas of development cognitive, language, gross and fine motor skills, social / emotional, self-help skills and sensory processing. Mrs. Morales worked closely with the License Clinical Social Worker, Nutritionist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist and Physical Therapist to better assist and provide professional support for her clients. Mrs. Morales provided Comprehensive developmental assessment reports, Ongoing developmental monitoring, Direct hand-on intervention activities, Family/caregiver training and education, Community resource information and referrals, Emotional support and counseling, Spanish translation and Infant Massage Instruction.
Mrs. Morales earned her B.A. from CSUMB, where she majored in Collaborative, Human Health Services and Public Safety.
ASSISTANT PROGRAM MANAGER
CASA KIDS CLUB COORDINATOR