Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Local leader says preventing violence requires comprehensive strategies

Diane Ortiz writes that Youth Alliance has worked alongside youth and parents, community-based allies, public health, law enforcement agencies, and education systems to address community violence.

News Release

Youth Alliance visits Indian Canyon

A grant helps the nonprofit in its effort to provide opportunity for local youth to be engaged in educational activities and build skills about civil rights.

Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.

News Release

Youth Alliance, San Benito Health Foundation partner for COVID-19 outreach

The collaboration has already resulted in 79 children receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

News Release

Youth Alliance announces Amazon’s commitment to invest in community youth

Youth Alliance says that with the new partnership, it will help further its mission of creating centers that serve as a hub for youth and family engagement.

Administration of a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Leslie David.

News Release

Youth Alliance to host vaccine drive

The event will be from 12-3 p.m. and it includes free food. El evento será desde las 12-3 p.m. e incluirá comida gratuita.

Community businesses and organizations participated in the celebration and resource fair. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Celebration that counts

Youth Alliance distributes 500 burritos in celebration of census efforts.

News Release

Youth Alliance to hold drive-thru census celebration

Gifts include a resource bag and free burritos to the first 200 cars.

Gavilan College site at the Briggs Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.

Education / Schools

Gavilan College partners with Catholic Charities and Youth Alliance to offer student housing solutions

The community college is sponsoring a webinar introducing a new student service, the House Sharing program, on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

Photo by Laura Romero.


Youth Alliance sets 100-day goal to fight homelessness

Avenida program brings housing assistance and job skills training.

Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.


Youth Alliance to distribute face masks

The cloth face coverings will be prioritized for distribution with children and families and in those areas of high need.

Carlos P., 6th grader at HDLA school, participated in the Feb. 29 canvassing around Hollister. Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.

Government / Politics

In-person outreach for U.S. Census expected to end one month early

Pandemic has limited local efforts to social media posts and phone calls.

Students are struggling with distance learning. Photo provided by Youth Alliance.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Keeping youth at the heart of our recovery

Youth Alliance Executive Director Diane Ortiz writes that distance learning does not serve community members equally, and that the community must come together to address issues now.

Carlos P., 6th grader at HDLA school, participated in the Feb. 29 canvassing around Hollister. Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.


Youth Alliance canvasses in preparation for upcoming 2020 Census

More than 30 volunteers walk door-to-door to reach over 1,600 homes in Hollister.

Youth Alliance Executive Director Diane Ortiz (second from left) poses with 2019 Change Makers Honorees Raymond and Monica Rodriguez, and master of ceremonies for the event Ernesto Olivares.

San Benito Lifestyle

Annual benefit honors community change makers

Youth Alliance gives awards to Osvaldo Gonzalez, Aphrodite Ayala, Monica and Raymond Rodriguez.

Monica and Raymond Rodriguez will be honored as the 2019 YA Change Makers. Photo provided.


Youth Alliance to host Change Makers

Three community leaders to be honored.