Director of Personal Counseling and alumna Arlette Molina initially reached out to La Casa to present to the student body on teen dating violence last school year. “I asked them about starting a teen program here at ICA as I knew they worked with SFUSD providing such support (offering teen program which involves psycho-educational groups),” Mrs. Molina said.
The program will offer students the opportunity to learn from a Teen/Family Advocate in a group setting along with peers at ICA Cristo Rey. The groups will cover topics such as school/life/work balance, unhealthy vs. healthy coping strategies, effective communication, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, stress reduction, time management and more. This will be an opportunity for Spartans to grow in social/emotional learning through discussion of interesting topics while having lunch with their peers.
La Casa de las Madres is a community non-profit focusing on supporting women. Primarily La Casa, or home in Spanish, offers education around domestic violence and advocates for healthy relationships with teens.
“My hope in collaborating with La Casa is to provide a space for our students to convene within the comfort of ICA Cristo Rey to support their social-emotional learning,” Mrs. Molina continued. “For now, I am taking things one step at a time. I’d like to see the students utilizing this opportunity to increase their mental health awareness and understanding. My hope is that these groups will be well attended by our students.”