Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Learning for Life Charter School is a public charter school that works with students who are considered at risk for dropping out of school before completing their high school diploma. Students at Learning for Life Charter School lack coping skills in an academic setting and thus get into physical and verbal fights as well as not completing their assignments. These behaviors can be caused by a lack of support from teachers and staff, personal trauma and family dysfunction. An educational intervention on campus was created and implemented which was called a wellness group. This intervention worked to increase knowledge of healthy coping skills, stress management and mental health awareness. Based on a focus group done with student participants and a pre and post knowledge survey, on average, students knew more about the above topics than they did at the beginning of the program. Recommendations that other schools can implement are creating an educational intervention that teaches students who are having behavioral issues at school about the importance of coping skills, managing stress and mental health.