Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world. Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue. Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight several DHS senior projects in The Compass. To learn more about the DHS Senior Project experience, please contact Geoff Crosson – firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHS Senior Project Spotlight: Kacie Hester – Mental Illness and Homelessness
Name: Kacie Hester
Driving Question: “ Why is America dealing with the problem of homelessness among the mentally ill?”
I chose this project because homelessness and mental disorders are two massive problems America is facing.
About this Project: Going into this project I was only looking for the reasons that America was still plagued with this problem. I found out there was more than one reason that people with mental disabilities became homeless. In my conclusion, I found that the lack of affordable housing, affordable treatment, employment difficulties, and the lack of general education all contribute to homelessness among the mentally ill. A combination of these problems are factors in Americans living on the streets. My product was a donation to The Corner Table, Christian Ministries (ECCCM) and Connections. In order to get the money for the donations, my mother and I made peanut butter balls and chocolate covered pretzels. We were able to raise $3,600. I was able to donate $1,500 to both The Corner Table and Christian Ministries. I also donated $500 to Connections.