During unprecedented times, the DOR student Services team was committed to innovatively engaging students, encouraging vocational preparation, and empowering participation. Our team has a unique ability to outreach to promise students, residing in rural locations or enrolled in non-contracted schools.
With the pandemic upon us and schools closing, our team needed to continue to provide services. With that in mind, we created the Peer Mentorship Project which is a virtual paid work experience where students on our caseloads are working with our agency's counselors. They are not only earning work experience but transferable skills for their future careers. Additionally, the main duty of the students in the work experience was to research, create, and deliver virtual workshops to their peers under the guidance of the counselors. Students who have exited this program have gone on to higher education, competitive employment, or both; demonstrating professional growth.
Meet the Presenters:
Sara obtained her Masters of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a nationally recognized Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification (CRC). Sara has worked as a counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) since 2016. She has worked in various capacities while at the DOR with both adults and youth with disabilities. She is part of a unique team that serves youth who are at promise. She is currently working with youth who are justice involved, foster youth, LGBTQIA+, housing insecure, mental health and of course youth with disabilities. Sara was appointed by California Governor Newsom as a member of the State Rehabilitation Council to represent DOR. She also serves as a member of the California State University, San Bernardino Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Board. Sara enjoys giving back to the Rehab Counseling field so she guest lectures in same program she graduated from at California State University, San Bernardino.
Angelica is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), providing vocational rehabilitation counseling services the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). She is a part of the Student Services Team aimed to assist at promise youth with disabilities; those who are justice involved, foster youth, LGBTQIA+, housing insecure, and mental health. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from University of California Riverside and an Masters of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from CSU San Bernardino, and has worked for the department since 2015. Angelica is actively involved in the AATF-Asian American Task Force collaborating with Riverside County & community members to promote wellness resources to AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) individuals, in addition to various college campus partnerships to promote student services. Work background includes education, management, and behavioral therapy for children with Autism. Angelica seeks creative collaborations and partnerships with other community agencies and business to promote DOR Student Services, particularly paid work experiences and internships for youth to have ample opportunities.