Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services


The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department offers community members a variety of different activities aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle. One of the locations within the department is the Gene Hoularis and Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center, primarily focusing on youth. Due to a lack of information, it is essential for youth to become well informed about the impact drugs can have on their future. For this project, we raised awareness about substance use through a total of three workshops. The purpose of this project was to allow youth to build on their knowledge regarding substances and guide them towards good decision-making. Based on project results, youth have expressed that the information covered helped them become well informed and would allow them to stay away from substances. Future steps may include an increase in promoting the workshops, which would help attract a higher number of attendees.