Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


East Salinas has a higher percentage of Latino parents with struggling barriers with when it comes to engage in their children’s education. Nonprofit organizations like Building Healthy Communities serve as a solution to this problem by providing parents and community with resources information for the educational success of their children. They advocate and use equity justice for more fair and equitable education. Building a healthy community is a 10-year initiative that empowers Eastern Salinas. The implementation of this project was focused on the Padres Unidos Committee of Salinas by addressing different educational workshops and resources. They received advice, tools, motivation and techniques on how to engage in their childrens’ education, they can also become example for other parents. They also learned how to be involved in school decisions and develop their leadership skill through school collaboration. This project gives awareness to other agencies to collaborate and assist in education issues and to make student success into something more inclusive, effective and equitable. Hispanic/Latino parents need assistance and support to learn the importance of parental engagement.