Month: October 2012

Oct 16

Building Connections with Group Foster Home and Runaway Teens

Tutors learned how to help students at group homes feel safe and build a stronger connection as well as advocate for the needs of their students. The presentation covers the following topics:

  • Challenges in forming relationships
  • Respecting boundaries and making your student feel safe
  • Strategies for the initial meeting
  • Advocating for teen students
  • Dealing with disappointments
  • Real solutions based on experience

Building Connections Presentation Slides

Building Connections Handouts

Teenager Activities

About the presenter:

Hanna Duff is currently earning a Master’s in Education and teaching credential from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. Through School on Wheels, Hanna has mentored dozens of high school girls at a group home in Ventura County and is serving as an intern at the School on Wheels South L.A. Learning Center.

Oct 2

Children and Youth in Crisis: How to be Sensitive to Students Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence and Other Trauma

This video is mandatory for School on Wheels volunteers tutoring in any domestic violence shelter/location. Please fill out the form here so that we have confirmation that you have completed this training.

Rachel Navarro and Ruth Rodriguez from Interface Children and Family Services shared with School on Wheels tutors their extensive knowledge and experience of how to best work with victims of domestic violence.

View/Download Slideshow of the Workshop (PDF)

Tips for Working with Children

Cycle of Violence

Equality in a Relationship

Power and Control Wheel

About the presenters:

Rachel Navarro has worked at Interface Children and Family Services (ICFS) for 11 years and in their Family Violence Division for the past 6 years. She has a degree in Psychology from Cal State Northridge, and a dedication for assisting families who are affected by domestic violence.

Ruth Rodriguez has worked with victims and survivors of trauma since 2003 on an international and domestic level. Her passion for her work comes out in every aspect of her life. She has been training Domestic Violence Counselors since 2009 with ICFS.