Thank you to our 2015-2016 Community Partners. 




Advanced Field Study Client Projects

Student Name Project Title/Focuse Community Partner
Aubrey Thompson

Trauma Informed Care

Assessment of tools for evaluating childhood trauma.

Illumination Foundation
Brennan Lagman

Youth V.O.I.S.E Project, Vocalizing our Inner Sense of Empowerment, Exploring ­­youth sense of community, oppression and empowerment through self-expression

Denise Castro Third Time is Not the Charm; An Analysis on Criminal Activity and Recidivism Patterns in Orange County US Postal Inspection Service
Elizabeth Powell

Social, Emotional, Cognitive Development and Behaviors of Children who have been Exposed to Domestic Violence

Human Options
Lauriel Exner

Evaluation of the Higher Education Mentoring Program

Orange County Bar Foundation
Leslie Aguayo Community Development Initiative through Micro-Farming and Aquaponics Agriculture in the City of Santa Ana Kidworks
May Kim and Paula Ramirez Farm2Seniors Dual Component Project Analysis Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Melissa Hernandez-Gutierrez

HOW ARE SENIORS FARING, Evaluating the Emotional Well-Being  of Lakeview Senior Center’s Participants

City of Irvine
Mona Foroughifard Factors Contributing to Recidivism Among Hispanic Youth in Orange Orange County Bar Foundation
Rana Tanios

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department: Gang Diversion Program, Evaluating Success Rates of Police-Implemented Prevention Programs For At-Risk Youth

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Gang Diversion Team
Ricardo Light

Assessment Of A Pilot Community Garden Program: Lighthouse Community Center In Santa Ana, CA

Lighthouse Community Centers
Rosemary Gomez

Law Enforcement and Immigration: The Need for a Sanctuary City in Orange County

Korean Resource Center
Vanessa Chavez Patterns of Completion: Factors Associated with Success in a Diversion Program in a Latino Community Orange County Bar Foundation
Veronica Gonzalez

Parents Creating Change, The impact of parenting education on the parent-child relationship of domestic violence survivors

OC Family Justice Center
Viet Van Process-Based Analysis of PhotoVoice National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence


Thank you to our 2014-2015 Community Partners. 


Advanced Field Study Client Projects

Student Name

Project Title

Community Partner

Guadalupe Perez

CSP Youth shelter: A qualitative analysis to staff experiences

Community Service Programs, Inc

Working with children and youth is contemplated as one of the most challenging and emotionally draining professions in the human service field. Children and youth that have major psychological, behavioral, and emotional complications are often admitted into residential treatment programs. It is the duty of youth care workers to guide these youngsters into a positive mindset. However, guiding high-risk children and juveniles into having a positive mindset is stressful and difficult.  Only a limited amount of studies have been analyzed to better understand the problems these workers face. Hence, this qualitative study will examine common difficulties and experiences among youth care workers in the C.S.P. Children’s Crisis Intervention Program (youth shelter). It will examine personality characteristics needed in working within a teen mental health population. By identifying stress levels, personality traits, and analyzing employee behavior this project will identify the hardships, coping mechanisms, and the personality type that is needed when working with an endangered population.

Kamille Parks

Developing Ain’t Easy: Assessing the Obstacles that Impede the Provision of Affordable Housing

Innovative Housing Opportunities

Local governments, nonprofit and private developers, and other related organizations all work in tandem to provide affordable housing units in their communities. A stable supply of affordable housing is critical for the health of a community but unfortunately these organizations face a variety of obstacles in meeting the affordable housing demand. As a result most cities do not contain an adequate supply of affordable housing units. This research study aimed to identify and discuss these obstacles as well as to identify any areas in which the process of providing affordable housing can be streamlined in order to minimize these them.  This study used interviews, observations, and questionnaires to collect perspectives of persons with experience at an organization that provides, develops, and/or funds affordable housing communities. Responses to interviews indicated that the limited availability of funding sources and negative general reception of new affordable housing projects were key obstacles to the provision of affordable housing.  Additional obstacles observed include differing housing priorities between cities and developers facing the decision to build new affordable housing units as opposed to rehabilitating existing units.

Kimberley Dinh

Recidivism Reduction of L.A. Sheriff’s Gang Divergence Program

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Gang Diversion Team

The purpose of this research was to assess the effectiveness of program success rates of the Los Angeles Gang Diversion Team program in reducing recidivism. The primary outcome of interest was to provide insight regarding the individual factors of program participants and their success in diverging from criminal behavior and to identify factors that contributed to varying success rates. Literature review of various theories that sought to explain different criminal-genic phenomena were assessed in order to enhance understanding of factors that were found to contribute to overall program success. Various factors were identified based on intake records of over 70 participants in the program that correlated with program completion or dropout, as well as relationships of factors to various client levels. An analysis of why different level participants had higher program completion success rates than others was conducted. The overall effectiveness of the program regarding success rate of program graduates in diverging from delinquent behavior within the city of Carson was measured for the fiscal year beginning July 1st 2013 through June 30th 2014. The findings of this study can shed light on the overall success of the program and newly informed program procedures may be developed to assist at-risk delinquent youths of various categories.

Stephanie Kellogg

Suggestions for Implementation of Sustainability Programs in Low-Income Housing Communities

Innovative Housing Opportunities

Green housing is usually considered a luxury for premium housing customers, but sustainability should not be considered a rich persons privilege, but rather a way of life for all of us. Furthermore, low-income residents are usually the ones who could benefit most from access to lower energy costs and access to public transportation.  My research is based around trying to make environmental and social sustainability initiatives accessible to low-income housing developers, by revealing which initiatives frequently offer a high return for their investment. I have done this through interviews with various participants involved with sustainable housing, and through a review of the Green Communities Criteria by Enterprise. This study has revealed that water efficiency projects, including water-efficient landscaping and up-to-date appliances, tend to have negligible initial cost and significant savings, and solar thermal water heating tends to have a very high return. A major solar panel installation, on the other hand, tends to have a very high initial investment and a very long period of return, and is often not an efficient investment unless the property is particularly energy intensive or has a very strong rebate program prepared.

Timothy Hendrix

Capacity Building for a More Sustainable Food System in Central Santa Ana


State legislation requires the reduction of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) through the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32, 2006), and the diversion of organic waste from landfills through the Solid Waste: Diversion Act (AB341, 2011). As a part of the community-based initiative, KidWorks, the Santa Ana Compost Action Team has collected and composted over 4,000 lbs. of organic waste in a three month period from approximately 25 families in their surrounding neighborhood via bicycles. The purpose of this research was to identify and investigate items of the action team deemed necessary for increasing capabilities. Using the Socio-ecological model, relevant policy and community interactions were summarized to provide a more rich contextual understanding. Methods of compost monitoring were developed and piloted to create documentation of the decomposition process that may be reflected on and changed to optimize a final soil amendment. Bike computers were used in a pilot study to keep track of bicycle miles travelled, so it can be converted into emissions saved such as particulate matter and carbon dioxide (CO2). Finally, the Santa Ana Compost Action Team Handbook was updated to reflect the most recent operational changes proposed in this paper as well as adding more in-depth safety information about all each activity undertaken. This youth-led action team has continued to sustain their relationships with the neighborhood and remain a viable addition to the municipal run waste diversion
program in Central Santa Ana.

Veronica M. Acosta

Evaluating the Effectiveness of the K-12 Tutoring Program of Friendly Center Inc.

Friendly Center Inc.

There is a persistent gap in test scores between minorities and their white counterparts known as the academic gap.  The factors that contribute to the academic gap are generally based on environmental influences.  Research shows that interactions between a child and their environment influence them not only academically but also biologically, socially, and emotionally.  The goal of the research is to determine factors that contribute to students’ academic struggles and achievements and in turn help students improve academically.  The results will show that students in bilingual households, more parental involvement and are in a higher socioeconomic status perform better academically.



Thank you to our 2013-2014 Community Partners. 

KidworksCity of Santa Ana  Parks and RecreationCommunity Action PartnershipOrange County Bar Foundation

NOVA Academy - Olivecrest

Advanced Field Study Client Projects

Student Name

Project Title

Community Partner

Cheryl Au

Senior Academic Interventions

NOVA Academy Early College High School

Tamara Martinez

The Acculturation and Stigmatization of Latina Youth, and Delinquent and Unhealthy Behavior; The Impact of Prevention and Diversion Programs on Santa Ana Girls

Orange County Bar Foundation

Riley Krystal Reid

Planning for Cycling in Santa Ana


Yoselinda Mendoza

Youth Empowerment Network: Narratives of Central Santa Ana youths’ illustrating their transformation as youth organizers


Santiago Sandoval

Juvenile Delinquency in Orange County and the Effectiveness of SHORTSTOP Program

Orange County Bar Foundation

Michelle Yonemoto

Bicycle Safety and Educational Program for the City of Santa Ana

Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Services

Taisha San Nicolas

Community Physical Activity and Perceptions of Safety with the Opening and Usage of Public Space

Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Dheyani Malde

Reinforcement Program & Token Economy Evaluation Across School Grades

UCI Health Child Development School

Yen Ly

Applying Methods to Motivate Students and Assist Their Learning

NOVA Academy Early College High School

Carolina Bezerra-Mungo

Advanced Mediation Training Assessment

Dispute Resolution Services, Community Service Programs


Thank you to our 2012-2013 Community Partners. 

KidworksCity of Santa Ana  Parks and RecreationCommunity Action PartnershipOrange County Bar Foundation

Santa Ana Unified School DistrictNOVA Academy - OlivecrestWomen Helping Women/Men2WorkProvidence Community ServicesCasa Guanajuato

Thank you to our 2012-2013 Community Partner Liaison, Victor Becerra.

Advanced Field Study Client Projects

Student Name

Project Title

Community Partner

Catherine Chang

ShortStop and its Influences on Juvenile Offenders

Orange County Bar Foundation -ShortStop program

Jacqueline Ellison

Partner Referral Program Strategic Outreach Overview and Action Plan

Women Helping Women

Jennifer Fong

Can Santa Ana Make the Ride?

Santa Ana Parks and Recreation

Shichun (Asminet) Ling

Determining an Association between Ethnicity and Prevalence of Diagnoses

Providence Community Services

Nancy Lo

Approaches Towards Energy Efficiency in School Buildings

Santa Ana Unified School District

Bindiya Patel

Marking a legal status: A plan of action for Casa Guanajuato-Santa Ana

Casa Guanajuato

Roger Rath

Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Needs Assessment

Santa Ana Unified School District

Gabriel Vidal

Youth empowerment and the potential of youth organizations: Community change in Central Santa Ana


Christy Wong

Composting in Santa Ana: An evaluation of the Santa Ana Compost Project


Jenny Wong

Completing the Streets in Santa Ana