Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Jóvenes SANOS is a youth program, under United Way of Santa Cruz County, located in Watsonville, California. Under Jóvenes SANOS (JS), a guidebook was created to address what youth voice and youth participation are. In JS, youth participation is minimal. The contributing factors include the development stage of the program, the partnership between adults and youth, and the misconception that youth are not interested in social change. To tackle this issue, it is important to recruit adults who will listen to youth because it can lead to an increase in youth productivity, instead of having them participate in a passive way. In addition, the program can not grow as a whole if youth are not being involved within the program. The guidebook will be a tool used for future interns or adult allies when wanting to create meaningful youth participation within JS. Lastly, it can be a reminder to include JS youth in the process of choosing upcoming projects or events to participate in.