Young people who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation may have certain behaviors and special needs, and it is important to understand the challenges and trauma they have faced. In this workshop, child welfare consultant and organizer Miranda Sheffield gives School on Wheels tutors the information they need to successfully tutor children and youth rescued from CSEC scenarios. She is joined by a sexual trafficking survivor, Rachel Thomas, who discusses her experience. This workshop is specifically designed to inform School on Wheels tutors who are working with or may be working with CSEC students.
About the presenters: Miranda Sheffield has spent the last 10 years working within the child welfare community. Early on, she worked with Los Angeles County DCFS to promote youth engagement and accountability with youth living in group homes. In the last five years she worked with the Children’s Law Center supporting youth in extended foster care. Miranda helped create CLC’s Peer Advocate program, giving clients an opportunity to work with peer advocates who have had direct experience growing up in foster care. She was a part of CLC-specialized CSEC team, which included attorneys and case managers providing legal and social support to youth in the life. Miranda has transitioned out of her role at CLC and currently works as a consultant, providing training to those in the child welfare community.
Former music video model and sex trafficking survivor Rachel Thomas is a dynamic educator who speaks from the heart and aims at the head. With a Masters in Education from UCLA and over 10 years’ experience in teaching and mentoring, Rachel co-founded Sowers Education Group to sow seeds of sex trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment.
Rachel was a junior at Emory University when she unknowingly met a trafficker: a professional and well-spoken ‘modeling agent’. He had business cards and a portfolio of contracts with beautiful models of all ethnicities. He groomed her with high-quality, all-expense paid photo shoots and legitimate modeling work in various music videos and magazines. Then, after he had collected a W9 form from Rachel (including her parents’ address and SSN), the relationship became dangerous. He began forcing her to have sex with buyers, threatening to kill her and her family if she didn’t obey. He became physically and psychologically abusive, ushering Rachel into the dark world of sex slavery. Thankfully, the police and FBI were eventually able to help Rachel, and the trafficker’s dozens of other victims, to escape this devastating situation. As Rachel continues to overcome and understand her experience, she is “turning a mess into a message” that will spread prevention and empower victims.
Since 2012, Rachel has reached over 36,000 live audience members and millions more through numerous media outlets including The T.D. Jakes Show, The New York Times Upfront Magazine and ABC’s Newsmakers. Rachel was also honored by Congressman Ed Royce of California’s 39th district and Los Angeles Supervisor Don Knabe for her leadership and trafficking prevention efforts. To learn more about Sowers or Rachel Thomas, please visit www.SowersEducationGroup.com.
In this workshop, experienced tutor John Reece presents creative ideas for group and 1-on-1 tutoring. Often, students do not have homework or may be reluctant to do homework or more traditional lessons. An innovative, fresh approach to target student interests and get them engaged can make a world of difference. This workshop is appropriate for tutors working with students of any age, but may be especially useful for grades 6-12.
About the Presenter: John Reece is a retired sailor, having spent 20 years in the US Navy during and after the Vietnam era. He is also a retired Aerospace Logistics Engineer and Manager of Technical Publications and Training. Since his retirement he has been focusing on improving his public speaking skills with Toastmasters and looking for ways to help young people with their schoolwork, particularly with math.
Join School on Wheels staff to learn about our exciting 2017 summer program. Studies have shown that learning how to make personal connections to books strengthens reading comprehension skills and may enable students to read beyond their grade level. This 8-week program is designed to target literacy skills in all grades, K-12.
Does your student give up when work is difficult? Does he/she act out in a group setting? In this workshop, elementary teacher and School on Wheels tutor Natalie Platon provides tips and techniques for managing student behavior and increasing motivation. Topics include combating the “I can’t” attitude, helping to focus fidgety students, and using positive reinforcement constructively.
About the Presenter: Natalie Platon has over seven years of experience working with K-12th grade students in different capacities and possesses a multiple subjects teaching credential. She has a deep passion for working in diverse and underserved communities and has worked in after-school programs, tutoring organizations, shelters, and schools. She currently works at KIPP Iluminar Academy in East LA as a full-time substitute teacher.
This workshop addresses the art of resume and cover letter writing and is geared toward students with little or no work experience. Help students get over the angst of resume writing with a few helpful tips. Unlock the secret to finding the “keywords” that employers are looking for in resumes and cover letters. This webinar covers several types of resumes recommended for high schoolers, whether they are seeking full or part-time employment.
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About the Presenter: Irene Tirella initially began teaching basic business skills at an alternative high school for disadvantaged women in 1994. She also taught English as a second language in both the US and Asia and has tutored all grade levels from Kindergarten through college. Additionally, Irene worked as a job coach and mentor with the Department of Defense, where she helped service members transition from military to civilian life. More recently Irene worked at Brooks Institute as a career adviser helping students and alumni with their work search efforts. Currently she is an Educational Consultant specializing in classroom management strategies.
Want to help School on Wheels achieve our mission through advocacy?
In this webinar, our staff discuss the ways you can help to promote School on Wheels on social media and in your community. As a volunteer, you have a greater impact than you know! This workshop explains the various ways you can spread the word, advocate for homeless students, and encourage others to get involved.
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About the Presenters: Lisa Pullins works as an AmeriCorps VISTA for School on Wheels as a Communications and Branding Associate. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Planning, Public Policy & Management, she shortly began working at School on Wheels in November 2016 to focus on capacity building for the organization.
Sinead Chilton has been involved with School on Wheels since 2004. She is responsible for marketing, media, branding and fundraising events. As the Marketing Director for School on Wheels, she has spent many years promoting School on Wheels and is also a volunteer tutor.