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

Janet Garcia


Friends Outside is a non-profit organization that provides services to in and out of custody clients with their re-entry into the community. Clients who are in-custody are not learning the adequate skills to integrate back into the community and are not engaged in the classes offered by Friends Outside, which could build these skills. This is due to either seeing the material repeatedly or believing the material does not pertain to them or is uninteresting. When clients don’t engage in the classes it leads to higher rates of recidivism, job insecurity and mental health concerns. The project focused on providing engaging activities to help clients increase their attention and focus and motivate them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills. Activities focused on cognitive restructuring, social skill development and/or problem solving skills to engage clients into participating and developing their skills. The results were that the majority of the clients participated more when engaging activities were implemented into the curriculum. It is recommended to be implemented in the future as it was successful.