Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Watsonville Police Activities League (WPAL) mission is to create a bond between police officers, youth, recreational leaders, and parents through educational, athletic, and other recreational activities. WPAL addresses and helps prevents is youth violence. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identify youth violence as the intentional use of physical force or power to threaten or harm others by young people age 10-24. There are different types of youth violence, including physical fights, bullying, physical threats, and gang-related violence (CDC, 2019). The consequences of youth violence are premature death, incarceration, and mental health issues. To help reduce youth violence harm, the capstone project will address the consequences of high youth violence rates through a mental health awareness workshop. A mental health awareness workshop aims to help the youth find healthy coping mechanisms and detach the stigma surrounding mental illness. Based on the survey results, the participants had prior knowledge of mental illness. However, the workshop presentations did not change their opinion on mental illness. Therefore, for youth to keep learning about mental illness and mental health, WPAL should emphasize mental health with their youth.

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