Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Jim Raines

Second Advisor

Zuleima Lee Arevalo


Learning for Life Charter School’s mission statement drives staff to cater students to their full potential. Traditional schools don’t accommodate students from poor neighborhoods. Low parental involvements, academic discouragement, and cultural incompetence are just a few factors in this case. The lack of educational support, missing out on learning opportunities, and dropping out can be crucial consequences. Education is one of the most important factors in today’s society. We have been taught and persuaded over the years that college is the next step towards success. Education is a privilege, not all people in the world can experience. In America, that story is different; CSUMB interns can account for that narrative. In this paper, you will read about how the education system affects students from low-income areas. Furthermore, we will go into depth about low parental involvement, students losing motivation to complete their education, and the result of poorly funded schools in low-income communities. Interns have implemented a Harm Reduction Program that allows students to explore the idea of attending post-secondary schools, such as trade, vocational, junior, and even a four-year university. Learning for Life Charter students will participate in Student Success Workshops to expand their knowledge. Our results remained the same for both in-person and virtual presentations. We found that student engagement improved.

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