Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services


Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services works to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face. Jacob’s Heart serves families in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and South Santa Clara Counties who have a child diagnosed with cancer under the age of 18. Unfortunately, too many teens with cancer and their families experience emotional instability and lack of self awareness. To address the social problem, a tangible needs assessment was created with the support of the department of Family Support Specialist. The assessment will help Jacob’s Heart teens achieve tangible needs and post-traumatic growth. By asking questions that push teens to be as specific as possible in their likes and dislikes, teens will obtain a sense of control resulting in self awareness. It is recommended that the agency begins implementing the assessment.