Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kimberlyn Forte


Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL) is a nonprofit agency that collaborates with the Watsonville Police Department to guide youth and actively build positive relationships in the Watsonville community. This project aimed to help PAL address the drug use and abuse among Watsonville youth through workshops that raise awareness of the growing problem and the importance of not falling under any substances. Parent-child involvement, family drug history, and negative peer relationships contribute to drug use, making parents the focus of the workshops. The intent was to address the negative consequences of drug use, such as poor mental health, low academic achievement, and poor quality of life. The result reached the expected outcome of a 100% effectiveness rating and raised awareness on how drugs can be disguised as candy.