Children & Youth Services

PHP works with children at all ages and stages to ensure that they are healthy, both physically and mentally, and are ready to succeed in school and life.

Early Mental Health Wellness

PHP’s counselors work with students in the school setting who were referred for emotional, social and behavioral issues by the pre-school, the Elementary schools or parents.  A coordinated behavioral plan, reinforced by the teacher and the parents, is then established. This program offers the only counseling available to low-income families and the only option for Spanish speaking parents. See additional information under Health Services, Mental Health Wellness.


PHP staff at Santa Ynez and Refugio High Schools monitors the progress towards graduation of 50 “at risk” students. The grades and credits of these students are reviewed on a regular basis and the mentor offers career guidance, homework assistance, coaching, role modeling, and access to PHP basic needs and support services.

  • During the past 3 years, 98% of Mentor Program students have graduated on schedule.

Life Skills Education

Student Action Prevention Network (SPAN): This alcohol and drug prevention program is designed for 7th and 8th grade students and is a partnership with the Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos, and College School Districts.  A PHP Prevention Specialist teaches a nationally recognized life skills curriculum, is implementing a Generation “K”indness program and “Drug Free” Clubs on campus.  This approach to prevention is designed to equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to avoid the hazards associated with so that students are successful in school and life.

Santa Ynez Valley Youth Coalition

The Coalition consisting of more than 30 volunteer leaders from local business, education, service group, parents, youth and non-profit leaders is under the umbrella of PHP and has utilized federal, state, and local grant funds to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by local youth. The Coalition also includes the Youth Action Council, a teen advisory group and active club at the high school that also works with their peers to promote healthy lifestyles. The Coalition is committed to building and strengthening these collaborations in order to change community norms around the acceptance of youth substance abuse and to give youth the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

The Coalition meets quarterly with task groups meeting monthly to further data collection, public relations, policy, and youth activities work. Community members that are interested in joining the Coalition or accessing additional information, including local usage statistics, are encouraged to visit the Coalition’s website at