Date

12-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Abstract

Learning For Life Charter School is an alternative school that serves at-risk students. Due to challenges these students face, it is difficult for them to graduate and pursue higher education. Higher education can provide students with many opportunities. Financial issues, low motivation, and even lack of awareness of the multiple college opportunities available contribute to students failing to attempt or complete higher education. This leads to consequences including less opportunities in the future, lower lifetime earnings, and long-term health effects. In order to support and encourage the Learning For Life Charter School students to pursue higher education, educational workshops were created. The workshops provided students with useful information on topics such as FAFSA, college, career readiness, and goals. Feedback was received through worksheets and surveys students completed. Unfortunately, not many students participated in the workshops or provided feedback. Most of the students that did participate, found the workshops to be helpful and showed interest in higher education. Although there was little participation, these educational workshops seemed to encourage students to think about their future. In the future, requiring students to participate in the workshops could be helpful to obtain more feedback and a more accurate representation of the student population.

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