Research is showing that students are becoming less motivated and more apathetic in their academic performance. Understanding student academic development and creating programming that fits the needs of students with mental health concerns and scholastic aspirations can increase a student's desire to achieve. The purpose of this research is to show a connection between apathetic students and their academic motivation and to examine how a student’s mental health plays a role in their motivation. Schools are overcoming the problem of low motivation by implementing programs to increase motivation such as Centennial High School’s “Leap Hour” in Minnesota and West Port High School’s “Power Hour” in Florida. These programs allow for one hour of freedom for students during their lunch hour to get extra help in their studies, pursue passion projects, join clubs, and connect with teachers and other staff. Implementation of these types of programs have found success, leading to higher attendance, less office referrals, higher grades, and less behavior issues school-wide.

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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

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Robin Alcala Saner

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