Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Resources


Rancho Cielo is an agency that works with youth in Monterey County and helps them achieve a shared vision of success. Not enough participants are reaching out to teachers when they need help to have a more successful experience. Participants are not taking advantage or using the resources that are offered. This affects the participants and the agency as a whole. Some contributing factors are lack of trust on the staff members, not having a good connection between staff and students, and language barriers. The consequences to this issue are that participants are not learning, their assignments are incomplete, they receive a lower grade, their graduation plan is delayed, and it can jeopardize finishing school. A project that could help this issue is starting a “big brother/sister” program to help new incoming students until graduation. It has been found that students need extra encouragement and assistance. When students have additional assistance they tend to do better academically. The staff will need to come up with a timeline of what is expected by students and by when it should be completed. The students who will be the “big brother/sister” will be getting extra credit and may even get a salary. The outcomes are students being more confident and comfortable with staff and peers on campus. Students will take advantage of the resources that are provided to them.