santa_cruz-newNuestro Futuro
Watsonville, California

About our project:

Nuestro Futuro offers family-centered services to reduce emotional and behavioral problems among predominantly Mexican migrant and immigrant students. Utilizing a multi-site base that includes two community-based agencies, Watsonville High School and La Manzana Community Resources, the project approach embodies the Mexican cultural value of ‘family first’, supporting both students and their parents. For more information, view our poster.

Demographic data:


Our work:

Nuestro Futuro provides a broad array of prevention and early intervention services. Prevention: The project counselor, employed by Youth Services at Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center, partners with the academic counselor at Watsonville High School to offer “Families Creating Paths to Success” services for parents of 9th grade students who receive low grades in the first quarter. Weekly meetings focus on teaching parents about the school system and the connection between mental health and school success.

Early intervention: The project provides Newcomer groups for all newly-arrived students. Students are also referred to the Nuestro Futuro counselor by teachers or through the school’s multidisciplinary team meetings. Parents of students being seen individually are invited to bi-weekly support groups. The Nuestro Futuro counselor also offers individual and family counseling 10 hours a week at La Manzana.

Our partners:

Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center, Youth Services
Watsonville High School
La Manzana Community Resources
Office of Migrant Education, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

What we are learning:

•Using evidence-based measures to track the impact of the program are essential. The project has adopted the Ohio Scales for use with its clients and their families.

Success Stories:

A Return to Hope: Angelica’s Story

When Angelica arrived as a 10-year-old in the United States, she was filled with hope. In Mexico, it seemed her family would never escape poverty. As farm laborers, Angelica’s parents had little opportunity to improve their situation and they wanted more than anything to give their children a good education. No matter how hard they worked, their future seemed bleak…

For more information about this project, contact Tonia Heath at