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 12-17 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 - July 2023 Number of youth referred: 706 Number of youth who accepted: 558 Number of youth who successfully completed program: 469 Number of youth who re-offended within 6 months of program completion: 42 Number of community service hours completed by youth: 22,490 Number of prosocial hours: 7,556 Number of parent component completion: 353 Program success rate: 91% (427 out of 469 youth did not re-offend)