Texas Tech University

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to serve as an advocate?

  • Have a desire to work with youth at risk
  • Pass an LISD background check
  • Have reliable transportation 
  • Attend a four-hour training

What is the time commitment?

  • After the four-hour training, the time commitment is approximately an hour per week, during the 

    school day. The expectation is to serve at least one full semester, preferably two.

How are students identified for the program?

  • Students are interviewed by a CAPS staff member to explain what an advocate does and what we can offer the student. The program is voluntary, students are not required to participate. 
  • There are two main ways students enter our program: 
    1. when students are sent to an alternative campus, their enrollment packet contains a permission form for the CAPS program
    2. school counselors refer students who have gone repeatedly to an alternative campus, and need extra support to break that cycle.

Is there a designated curriculum used by the advocates?

  • Advocates use an original curriculum, Comprehensive Wellness. The lessons and activities address topics that look at the whole child, their social, emotional, and physical wellness. Topics include mission and purpose, identity, belonging, emotional security and physical safety. They also address relationships, competence, body image and nutrition. Other activities and games are used to enhance the lessons. 

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