Santa Maria Community Services’ Youth Development Program provides Lower Price Hill youth with opportunities to develop life skills, build character, and participate in healthy recreational activities. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Oyler School participate in social/emotional skills groups and focus on topics such as how to develop peaceful conflict resolution skills, peer resistance skills, youth safety, bullying prevention, self-management, and healthy relationships. Staff also facilitate academic assistance/tutoring groups for these students at the school.
Lower Price Hill youth of all ages are welcome to participate in positive activities at the Joe Williams Family Center after school. In addition to athletic activities like basketball and volleyball, youth can get assistance with homework, and spend time socializing in a “safe place” surrounded by positive adult mentors.
Learn more about Santa Maria’s Family Center and meet
Former Youth Development Director, Jim Holmstrom
Check out the activities taking place at Santa Maria’s Family Center,
including the youth violence prevention collaborative: