Pertinent Work Experience: Describe employment occupation or activities pertinent to your graduate goals during or since your collegiate studies.
Youth Counselor -My team and I provide short-term residential treatment within a continuum of care for a diverse group of youth and their families during their most vulnerable time. Our children suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological traumas. Therefore, my job is to provided crisis support, structure, mentoring and coaching in a safe and therapeutic environment. Our intervention can also involve community-based services and the kid’s family, although most of our kids are in the welfare system. To support and meet our clients needs at all times I also work with them at their home, in the community or at a school setting when it’s needed it. In addition, I collaborate with case management duties. Our goal is to help our clients to stabilized so a Wraparound Program can be integrated after with the ultimate goal for them to achieve a permanency in a healthy and nurturing family home.
Research Assistant I had the opportunity to be part of the NIH/NIMHD-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT). I worked at The National Institute of Psychiatry Ramon de la Fuentes Muñiz in Mexico City. I collaborated on a research study about crack addiction and the social support the population received in Mexico City. My responsibilities were to reviewed literature, categorized information, coded qualitative interviews, and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data. I was able to present my research finding in Spanish and to collaborate with the elaboration of a final scientific article. Although, our time in Mexico City was limited, I’m still collaborating my mentor and my research teams in Mexico City in order to accomplish our goal of publishing our article.
In-Home Tutor I worked one to one with low-income school students and their families to develop plans to achieve their educational goals. As a tutor for students with learning disabilities and for those whose English is their second language, I had to carefully identify the students’ learning barriers. I generated different alternatives and evaluated my options to make a teaching plan for each student with different learning styles and needs. I researched educational games that helped my students understand math problems and English reading comprehension better.
Multicultural research lab
I worked with a professor from the psychology department, Dr. Kim-Ju as a research assistant. I was involved in several projects 1) youth violence among Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans, 2) family and peer support and suicidal ideation and attempts among Latinos, White Americans, and African Americans, 3) ethnicity, ethnic identity, and experienced emotions among Latinos and Asian Americans, and 4) social and emotional learning with underrepresented youth. I was involved in data collection and data analysis and was a part of a team of researchers that presented findings from these research projects at professional conferences.
Peer Mentor I previously worked as a Social Emotional Peer Mentor at California Middle School and Wilson wood middle school. I worked with a team of community-based researchers to implement a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program, called The SEL Project, in afterschool programs as well as during regular classes. I helped created specific lesson plans and SEL curriculum with the program coordinators, school staff, and other SEL mentors. I had the opportunity to be in the field and actively involved in the creation and expansion of a school-based program from the earliest stages.
Health educator As a Peer Health Educator, I interacted with diverse groups of people and developed communication skills while conducting presentations about mental health awareness and emotional wellness. In addition, I met with co-workers to create and organize activities, workshops, awareness campaigns and presentation for the CSUS community, to teach them about different mental health topics and connect them with relevant resources in their community. As health educator, my job was to encourage students to seek assistance and to let them know that they are not alone in their struggle. Active mind taught me the importance of changing the dialogue surrounding mental health illness and that one person can make a positive impact on the well being of other
Mentoring and advising I worked as a mentor and academic advisor for undergraduate Psychology students at CSUS. I advised fellow students several hours a week, helping them understand how to navigate the Psychology Department, to understand the major requirement and to find internships and other opportunities outside of class to enhance their knowledge and to be involved in the community. In addition, I advised two mentees weekly on professional development, educational path and psychology related topics. Furthermore, I advised and provided guidance to other mentors within the program as Lead Mentor. I had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of college students and to be a leader by helping others in the psychology department.
65th Street Corridor Community Collaborative Project I had the opportunity to work as a tutor at Hiram Johnson High School with disadvantaged children who often experienced poverty, neighborhood violence and lack of moral support or resources to succeed academically. I worked during class time helping the teacher answering questions students had and checking students’ homework to ensure their understanding of the course material. My jobs as a tutor was to help kids improve their standardized test scores, enhance their academic performance and provide information about college.
Advocacy Day for the AFSP’s California Chapters, California State Capitol I served as an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. I talked to assembly and state members at the Sacramento’s Capitol to informed them the need of expanding suicide prevention training for school personnel, clinicians and to educate our community so suicide rate decreases and with the ultimate goal to prevented it completely.
Bullying and Drug Prevention Workshops I had the opportunity to volunteer every other week for three hours at a low-income middle school with youth. Fellow Sacramento State students and myself created a space where the kids had the opportunity to talk bout the risk of engaging in bullying behavior or drugs. Middle school students were able to come up with different examples by creating posters or acting out giving examples of how these activities (bullying/drugs) can negatively affect an individual personally, at school, in the community and the relationship he/she has.