Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Taylor Farms Center for Learning serves all youth ages 7 to 24 in Monterey County. The program’s drawback is the lack of emotional control by the youth served, which leads to an increase of misbehavior and less involvement in the program. The contributing factors are the lack of communication and knowledge of resources available for staff, leading to improper training to work with students with mental health needs and creating structured activities that offer proper resources to families and youth. The project’s expected outcome is for the staff to be more knowledgeable in what social-emotional learning means. The project provided the staff with a toolkit consisting of five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. A recommendation that the agency can take the next step to partner with programs to spread awareness and the resources for all to have access.