Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social work/Public health administration


A video to empower and engage youth in Santa Cruz County

United Way of Santa Cruz (UWSCC) is a non-profit organization that provides programs to improve the well-being of the community, such as the Community Assessment Project (CAP), Jóvenes Sanos, 2-1-1 Santa Cruz, United 4 Youth, and the Youth Action Network (YAN). These programs assist with economic development, health, public safety and support the youth community. The macro-level problem is that too many youth are unmotivated or alienated from their community. The micro-level problem that will be addressed by this project is adults in Santa Cruz County undervalue youth engagement and contributions in decision making. The purpose of this project is to educate United Way staff members and stakeholders and the community that youth involvement and youth voice are important. The method used to implement this project is through a youth-created video that will be utilized as an apparatus in the YAN program.