Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Erika Miguel


In Monterey Bay, public schools have made a major influence on students’ lives, not just academics but also after school hours as well. The after-school programs benefit students academically, psychologically, and physically. This senior capstone examines the different effects behind the two afterschool programs in two schools in Watsonville, California through use of literature review, interviews with the staff and coordinators of both schools and students from the two schools. The results indicated that students love to be a part of the afterschool programs due to their flexible lessons and learning in more creative ways than the regular schools. After-school programs have also instilled a sense of belonging, which is essential to the coordinators and staff. After-school programs are a great resource for families in the area and will continue to influence students for the years to come.

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