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

Ignacio Navarro

Second Advisor

Maggie McGonigle


Friday Night Live, County of Santa Cruz is an adult-youth led partnership that advocates for the communities’ aids and needs. At-risk youth undergo higher chances of violence, disruption, demeanor, and staying in trouble due to the minimal amount of exposure when it comes to general education. Too many at-risk youths do not pursue higher education in the county of Santa Cruz due to the lack of exposure of higher education in this particular community. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of what higher education looks like to this population through an 8-weekly session implementation and evaluation process at the Juvenile Hall facility located in Felton, California. Some of the expected outcomes is the satisfaction of the youth who were involved in this project as well as the agency’s satisfaction outcome of this project. Some recommendations in which Friday Night Live can take to address this problem is to establish and engrave this project in the curriculum for the chapters of Juvenile Hall and Evening Center.