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

Robin Mathews-Johnson


Watsonville NETworX is a non-profit organization that strives to help low-income families become self-sufficient and develop personal goals. The problem that NETworX had was 12that the majority of participants did not continue with the program after the first part. The contributing factors are that participants are not engaged in activities, literacy level of participants, and program logistics are not designed around participant needs (Meeting times, childcare, transportation, dinner, etc). The possible consequences are long term health effects, increased exposure to violence and the intergenerational cycle of poverty continues. The capstone project for Watsonville NETworX was to compare the current program curriculum with the new curriculum that was provided by National NETworX. The purpose of this was to find more relevant activities and modules to engage participants. The findings were that participants were more engaged when activities were added to the curriculum. It is recommended that NETworX continues to include activities for each module of the curriculum. In the long run it is recommended for NETworX to reconsider the use of the curriculum to only certain topics and include guest speakers that provide services to participants.