Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kimberlyn Forte


An evidence-based argument shows that early post-graduation planning plays a vital role in a student’s transition into life after high school; therefore, establishing a comprehensive plan while in high school is crucial to stability and success. The capstone project, Adopt a Senior, was implemented at Learning for Life Charter School (LFLCS), an alternative school serving at-risk youth grades 7-12 in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. The Adopt a Senior project is intended to provide LFLCS seniors with support, guidance, and assistance to prepare for graduation and transition into life after high school. As of the 2021-22 academic year, LFLCS had 50 seniors enrolled. Of the 50 students, 24 (48%) participated in the Adopt a Senior program, and 18 (36%) identified a post-graduation plan. Therefore, it is recommended that LFLCS continue implementing the Adopt A Senior program, with changes to increase student participation and interaction.

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Social Work Commons