Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine


The Epicenter serves as a drop in resource center for underserved and marginalized youth ages 16-24 in Salinas, CA. The problem being addressed in this project is foster youth are not receiving adequate support, and accommodations to ensure their success and wellbeing from the California school systems. Contributing factors include a lack of funding, lack of awareness surrounding foster youth in the school systems, and limited training opportunities for educators. The consequences that occur when foster youth are not given the support they need result in high dropout rates and low graduation rates, lowered educational achievement, and subsequently low college attendance rates. To address the issue at hand, a powerpoint was created to provide further insight and best practices to educators on the barriers and outcomes for foster youth, as well as ways to provide additional support and resources. The Epicenter could then utilize this powerpoint to present to educators in the Soledad School District as part of their outreach and collaboration with the local school districts.

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