The Humboldt Independent Practice Association School Based Wellness Programs

The Humboldt Independent Practice Association School Based Wellness Programs


We believe that overall wellness is essential to academic success of Humboldt County students and are committed to recognizing the health needs of our diverse student population and promoting the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of our students so that they may achieve their academic goals. This is achieved through the Humboldt IPA School Based Health and Wellness Centers and programs located throughout Humboldt County.

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Peninsula Elementary School Pacific Union Elementary/Middle School Sunny Brae Middle School
McKinleyville Middle School McKinleyville High School South Fork High School
Miranda Jr. High School HCOE Court and Community Schools Juvenile Hall


Our goals

  • To provide an environment that is culturally sensitive, compassionate, accessible and confidential.
  • To provide effective Health Education programs to help students develop healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices.
  • To enhance the academic success through the provision of educational and co-curricular opportunities for student engagement.

Our Services

Sex Education & Puberty Education

Our team provide age appropriate, gender inclusive, and medically accurate comprehensive Sex Education that is in compliant with the California Healthy Youth Act. We utilize Be Real Be Ready curriculum, topics include but are not limited to: Anatomy, HIV, pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual assault, healthy relationships, and human trafficking, as well as local resources for accessing care and students’ rights to  access care.

Wellness Center Drop In Services

Locations with our on campus Wellness Centers, are staffed during school hours, M-F during the school year. Students have access to hygiene supplies, washer and dryer services, clothing, and a food pantry. In addition, we offer a safe space for students to recharge and be connected to additional community services.

Wellness Presentations

As a part of the School Based Wellness Center package, we offer Wellness Presentations. These presentations are developed by the School Based Wellness Center team, but with the suggestions of school partners. Some of these topics include: Anxiety & Depression, Healthy Relationships, Managing Stress, Consent, Nicotine & Vaping, Dangers of Sugar, The Effects of Cannabis on the Body, Body Image, Equality vs. Equity, Peer Pressure, and Bullying.

Brief Intervention

Brief Intervention (B.I.) are structured conversations designed to address issues students are having in the classroom, at home or with peers. Brief interventions can help with emotion regulation, classroom behavior, suspected or confirmed substance use, general misconduct, and source for developmental/social support. provides a forum for youth to talk about their alcohol, tobacco, or drug use.

Conflict Mediation Services

Conflict mediation brings two conflicting parties to the table, along with a professional mediator. It is the role of the mediator to act as a neutral third party to hear both sides of the story to be able to determine the root cause of the conflict and then to create a future-based plan as determined by both parties with optimal outcomes for all concerned.

Empowerment Groups

Empowerment groups are mentorship groups targeted at middle school and high school students.  These groups are led by volunteer mentors with lived experiences among a variety of spectrums and are designed to help participants develop strong leadership and communication skills. These groups are voluntary peer support groups for all students on campus. Our groups use evidence-based curriculum from One Circle Foundation. We use a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing strategies and provide a strong focus on positive youth development.

Goals for the groups:

    1. Develop strong peer to peer support for identified students.
    2. Foster a deeper connection to community.
    3. Lower absenteeism rate for students. (Especially those students who are chronically suspended due to violence.)
    4. Promote leadership skills.
    5. Prepare students in their transition into adulthood.
    6. Encourage emotional wellness.
    7. Instill a sense of hope that each youth has a bright future and their lives are meaningful.
      • Girls Group
        Girls Group is a structured support group for girls and gender non confirming youth. We integrate resiliency practices designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls.
      • Young Men’s Council
        Young Men’s Council is a strengths-based group utilizing mentors with lived experience in the community to help promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build capacities to find their innate value and create good lives -individually and collectively!

Hear from our students! Why should you attend Young Men’s Council video


      • Pride
        This support group is for people of all genders. We explore the complex ways in which race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, and gender intersect and shape, impede and/or strengthen the relational experiences and dimensions of adolescent development.
      • The Black Student Union
        The Black Student Union fosters student growth and development through diversity, academics, community services, and outreach. We provide an opportunity for students of all races to celebrate black culture, lifestyle, and history.


Special Community Projects

Legacy Library

We believe that schools are the perfect place to promote healthy development, for every youth. We’re committed to recognizing the health needs of our diverse student population and promoting the social, emotional, and physical well being of our students so that they may achieve their academic goals.

We believe that positive representation can be helpful in increasing self-esteem for people of marginalized groups. For our 2021/2022, we partnered with Cal Poly Humboldt’s Recreation Department and Phatsy Klines to collect the books our students from our empowerment groups selected.  Our empowerment groups address conditions and risks, and work towards building on protective factors that support all youth.  Books were  donated to the following school libraries: ERC Court and Community, The Juvenile Hall, Sunny Brae Middle School, McKinleyville Middle School, and McKinleyville High School.

Conversations on Justice

This event was developed out of the Young Men’s Council Empowerment Group, with the goal of promoting solutions for healing between law enforcement and youth impacted by the justice system.

Students watched the film, They Call Us Monsters. This film tells the story of three youth facing life in prison.  After the screening, participants were able to meet with one of the film’s stars: Jarad Nava. Jarad discussed prevention strategies that would have helped change the course of his life. The final portion of Conversations on Justice was a panel discussion with local law enforcement, and formerly incarcerated people. Students wrote questions for the panelists, and developed an accountability statement for local law enforcement from  their findings.

Accountability Statement

We hope that this event will continue on an annual basis, and will be developed by the students in the empowerment groups. We are deeply committed to ending the school to prison pipe line, and modeling strategies that promote accountability and healing.


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