Tag: Teen Workshops

Mar 23

Resume and Cover Letter Writing 101

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.

Download a PDF here.

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.

Apr 21

Mentoring Teens

Working with teens can be a challenging and rewarding experience. In this workshop, experienced tutors/teen mentors Jake Troxell, Chris Van Nest, and Alana Johnston discuss the foundations and building blocks for establishing a successful relationship with older students. Topics include forging an initial connection, listening and questioning, and dealing constructively with challenges that may arise.

Jun 24

Building College Knowledge for All Ages

This workshop helps tutors build their students’ college knowledge by nurturing college-going aspirations, which come from intrinsic motivation and the belief in one’s ability to achieve and succeed. School on Wheels students often face hardships that can make it difficult to view college and other opportunities as attainable. Learn activities for different grades to nurture an “I can” attitude that includes how to plan and prepare for college, but also stresses the value of lifelong learning.

College Knowledge Activities by Grade Level (PDF)

Careers Reading Sheet (PDF)

Private and Independent Colleges Map (PDF)

University of California Map (PDF)

Community Colleges Map (PDF)

California State Universities Map (PDF)

About the Host:

Dr. Corina Espinoza received her Doctor of Education from USC, where she specialized in education psychology. Her research focuses on the role of adults in the formation of a learner identity for students and in fostering college-going aspirations. Using a standards-based college knowledge curriculum she developed, Dr. Espinoza works with schools and teachers to build college knowledge in the classroom.

Dec 10

Tackling Teens – Working With Students in Group Homes

This presentation covers some of the challenges working with students in group homes. The presenters for this workshop have tutored at multiple group homes for boys and bring their expertise in addressing subjects such as how to build rapport, finding a student’s grade level, creating relationships with shelter staff, dealing with behavior issues and reluctance, and exploring practical and fulfilling options for the students’ futures. Many tutors worry that working with teens is too challenging. This presentation dispels that myth and offers helpful solutions to many of the issues School on Wheels tutors face.

About the Hosts:

Mathangi Suresh recently graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology. Pursuing a career in surgery, Mathangi is planning on continuing her education in medical school. Mathangi loves interacting with people and knew that becoming a tutor would allow her to do that and make a difference in the lives of others. Mathangi joined School On Wheels as a volunteer tutor and began tutoring in group homes for boys in the Chino Valley. Through her experiences, Mathangi has enjoyed teaching as well as learning from her students and is proud to be a part of School On Wheels.

Song Jeong is in her final year of college at California State University, Fullerton and is pursuing a career in Special Education and School Administration. Song joined School On Wheels this past summer as a volunteer tutor and began tutoring in group homes for boys in the Chino Valley. From her experiences, Song has learned how to build a rapport with her students and tackle behavior issues. Song knows her tutoring experiences are helping to build the foundation for her future career.

Loreena Garcia is the School on Wheels Regional Coordinator for East San Gabriel Valley and western San Bernardino County. Loreena has worked in the non-profit field for over ten years, previously with Special Olympics Southern California, Fair Housing Foundation, Opportunity House Homeless Shelter, and Child S.H.A.R.E. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Liberal Arts from the University of Dallas and is currently finishing up a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Loreena has worked with the homeless and at-risk populations for many years, and is an active volunteer and advocate for foster children and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

About the Presentation Content Creator:

Amber Christon is an aspiring epidemiologist currently majoring in Biochemistry and Public Health at Berkeley City College with plans to transfer to a four year university. Amber joined School On Wheels this past summer and began volunteering in group homes for boys in Chino Valley. Amber enjoys the challenges working with teens brings and has learned a lot about building relationships and public service from her experiences.

Apr 3

College Planning: A Positive Future Within Reach

This workshop helped tutors with strategies on encouraging students to pursue college, and covered topics such as steps to take at any age, the benefits of community college, and how “disadvantages” can often be turned into advantages for admissions.

About the host:

Garrett Clancy, M.A., M.F.A. has taught English and film studies at CSUN, Valley College, College of the Canyons and Yeshiva University of L.A. Boys and Girls Schools (YULA). He holds a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and served as Director of College Counseling at YULA this past year. He is married and has a new baby daughter.

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.