RISE is a ten week program facilitated in partnership with On the Margins that explores high school students' entrepreneurial drive, career interests, and career advancement using culturally-responsive approaches, the Holland Code, and Big Five theories. At the end of this program, students will have more awareness related to their: (a) career interests, (b) skills, (c) personality traits, (d) and their association. Career counselors will not only rely on career assessments as invaluable means of guiding students to their career choice, but they will rely on culturally humble counseling approaches to ensure that students’ sociocultural identities are considered when assessing their attributes and abilities.
This program addresses the lack of access to culturally responsive career counseling services for lower income and BIPOC identified high school students. RISE is unique in that it utilizes a social justice approach to career counseling and offers all coaching bilingually and in Spanish. We use a systemic approach to ensure that family members are included in the career guidance process. This program is critical given that the shortage of bilingual/bicultural career counselors in the rural areas of California, where large concentrations of Latinx students are located.
What is RISE?
Youth who participate in RISE will be invited to professional development seminars, workshops, and a career fair organized by both La Familia Sana and On the Margins. Professional development opportunities will include conversations about racial, economic, gender justice, and civic engagement. Programming will be available after summer school to increase accessibility. Counselors and students will interact one-on-one and through group support with trained clinicians. Although this program will be open to all high school students in Cloverdale, priority admission will be given to lower income and BIPOC-identified youth.