The Caminos Hacia el Éxito Program is administered by the Watsonville Police Department. It is a diversion program for Watsonville youth who commit a first-time offense (misdemeanor). The program uses evidence-based approaches to hold youth accountable for their actions in a timely and appropriate manner. The youth who agree to participate in the program must complete the following requirements in order to prevent their case from being forwarded to the Santa Cruz County Probation Department.
1. Community Service hours 2. Counseling 3. Pro-Social hours 4. Case Management meetings 5. Parenting Component
First-time offender youth between the ages of 10 – 17 arrested and/or cited with a misdemeanor within Watsonville City limits.
Santa Cruz County Office of Education – Teen Peer Court
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc.
Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Caminos Program Stats:
April 2012 - March 2022 Number of youth that accepted the program: 526 Number of youth that successfully completed the program: 437 Number of youth that re-offended within 6 months of program completion: 40 Number of community service hours completed by youth: 20,170 Prosocial hours: 7,131 Parenting component completion: 333 Program success rate: 91% (397 out of 437 youth did not re-offend)