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

Esmeralda Maldonado


The Community Action Board (CAB) of Santa Cruz County is an agency that serves low-income under-resourced community members in the county. Through their Youth Homeless Response Team (YHRT) Program, they serve youth ages 15-24 who are currently at-risk or facing homelessness. Too many unaccompanied youths in Santa Cruz County are suffering from homelessness and are in need to accessing services. The lack of motivational and support system, along with the unemployment increasing at alarming rates. Illustrating a dark and unsafe future. Some of the consequences include pushing youth to live on the street or inside cars and being in a hostile environment. To address this issue, mentors from YHRT create individualized plans for youth fit for their needs which include, housing opportunities, educational goals, and job readiness. This community-based project evaluated the effectiveness of the YHRT program. Asking individuals for their participation in ranking how being part of YHRT has benefited them. Feedback given back demonstrated that youth feel safe and supported by staff at YHRT. Participants stated that after being part of the YHRT team, they have increased their knowledge on the different programs and services out in the community.

Included in

Social Work Commons