Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work and Public Administration

First Advisor

Thomas Rogers


Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey is a faith based non profit organization that provides aid to individuals and families in need. Catholic Charities focuses on three main areas of services, immigration and citizen services, family supportive services, and tattoo removal program. They provide services that help people regardless of their faith who struggle with poverty and complex issues. Every year low income families struggle to provide their children with the basic school supplies they need to start a new school year. This contributes to families not being able to afford school supplies, and because of the unexpected pandemic a shortage in school supplies. This causes low grades and low graduation rates within low income families. The capstone project, “Estudiantes Exitosos”, will provide low income families with immediate access to many of the school supplies that their children need to begin the school year. The expected outcomes are to help children and students throughout Monterey County begin the school year at the same level as other students. This project should eliminate the barrier of low income children not being prepared for school.