Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy

First Advisor

Mariela Medina


Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services is a non-profit organization that “exists to support and improve the quality of life for children with cancer and supports their families in the challenges they face” (“,” 2017). Kirchhoff (2010) points out, “Young adult survivors of childhood cancer have been reported to be six times more likely than a healthy sibling to report health-related unemployment and almost twice as likely to be unemployed but seeking work.”Together, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services would like to introduce a service that would help our teens flourish in life, by helping them to develop life coping and leadership skills. The Youth Skill Development curriculum provided educational workshops presented by Jacob’s Heart’s staff, and California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) staff to teach teens how to build a resume, introduce and apply to college and universities, search for scholarships, and make important life decisions. Also, a workshop was delivered to allow them to understand how the board of directors works within a non-profit organization, providing an opportunity for teens to take on a leadership role on the Junior Board at Jacob’s Heart. Jacob’s Heart Junior Board is an excellent opportunity for Jacob’s Heart teens, to collaborate with our board members and staff, receive mentorship and leadership training, and help direct the future of our organization by providing feedback from the teen perspective on our programs and services.