Caminos Hacia el Éxito

What is the Caminos Hacia El Éxito Program?


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 forward to the Santa Cruz County Probation Department.


1. Community Service hours
2. Counseling
3. Pro-Social hours
4. Case Management meetings  
5. Parenting Component

Who Qualifies?


First-time offender youth between the ages of 10 – 17 arrested and/or cited with a misdemeanor within Watsonville City limits.

Our Partners:

  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education – Teen Peer Court
  • Santa Cruz County Probation Department
  • Watsonville Police Activities League
  • Watsonville Police Neighborhood Services Division – Neighborhood Accountability Board
  • Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc.
  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District 

Caminos Program Stats :

April 2012 – December 2018

Accepted: 452
Successfully Completed: 380
Re-Offended within 6 months: 35
Community Hours: 17,174
Pro-Social Hours: 5,947
Parent Component Completion: 292
Program Success Rate: 90% (345 out of 380 youth did not re-offend)

Stats as of December  31, 2018