Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Children in low-income communities do not have ways to express their feelings and emotions. Nueva Vista is a non-profit organization in the community of Santa Cruz that provides a variety of services including homework club that serve the communities around Santa Cruz County. The project is a series of workshops in partnership with Artistic Expression as a Pathway to Mental Wellness to give children who are in middle school and high school that come to homework club a way to use art to better their mental health and let their feelings out through their artwork. The workshops focus on the different types of contributing factors like childhood trauma, and lack of support. Artistic Expression as a Pathway to Mental Wellness will help decrease the consequences like getting involved in violence, developing more mental health problems, and death from arising.