Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Watsonville PAL is a non-profit agency that is funded by donations or community sponsors. Watsonville PAL works with the city of Watsonville and the Police department to help youth stay out of trouble. Watsonville PAL offers an amount of programs that as well relies on educational and recreational activities to keep youth busy and focus on school and heading to the right path and most importantly be a positive influence in their community. Watsonville is a community where the highest percentage of population are Latinos, who work all the time to feed their families and try to survive. While this is to support their families, at the same time it affects their children directly. The lack of attention, the lack of resources in the community or the language barrier from parents are affecting the children directly and causing them to develop a mental health problem. This can cause their motivation for school to decrease and they can start taking another route. The community of Watsonville is a community that has a lot of gang affiliation and a lot of drugs that attracts youth. The project allows youth to understand the definition of mental health and how important it is to be healthy to not develop a problem.