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High School Transitions Project

The High School Transitions project is a new venture funded by the Virginia Department of Health with the aim of helping high school students navigate the challenges of transitioning to college or the workplace. While our team continues with a needs assessment process to listen to the voices of those experiencing the transition, we anticipate our focus will be:

  • supporting and increasing mental wellness
  • enhancing strengths and building additional life skills
  • developing and deepening social connections

Timeline

  • Needs Assessment – 2023
    • Brief surveys – summer/fall 2023
    • Focus groups – fall 2023
    • In-depth interviews- fall 2023
  • Curriculum Development – fall 2023-spring 2024
  • Pilot program in 2-3 VA high schools – 2024/2025 school year
  • Refinement and implementation with more schools – 2025/2026 school year

We are currently conducting a needs assessment to determine how to best support Virginia high school students with this program. If you have recently graduated high school or have supported students during this transitionary period (in high school or in college or the workforce), please complete our IRB-approved survey at the following link.

Needs Assessment

We are also recruiting participants for focus groups, individual, interviews, and advisory group members. If you are interested in contributing further to have your voice hard, or if you have questions about how you can get involved, please contact Lee (duffyllp@jmu.edu) or Sherry (ceperisd@jmu.edu), or click the link below to learn more.

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