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Human Services Capstone Projects – Belmont Class

Belmont Sen Sem S14Senior Project Summaries, Belmont Class

Tiffany Garcia: Tiffany created a resource guide that will enable the staff at Coastside Hope to recreate online giving days, which will enable the implementation of online donation campaigns, an essential source of funding. Coastside Hope provides basic necessities to individuals living in the coastal communities of San Mateo County. Their Community Development Direction, Keith Terry, said that “Coastside Hope cannot afford to hire professional consulting or advertising firms, so Tiffany’s work is very valuable.”

Daniel Lanzarin created an alcohol and other drug (AOD) student internship manual for Redwood City’s El Centro de Libertad. El Centro provides outpatient substance abuse treatment services. This project ensures that training and practices are aligned so that the agency can more effectively meet client needs.

Emaluisa Katoa worked with the San Bruno Library Homework Center, which provides a safe and equipped environment for children to complete their homework assignments while having access to both library resources and help from adult and teen volunteers. Emaluisa’s project aimed to increase the flow of volunteers to the program and through a marketing plan that focused on enduring partnerships she met the goals established by her project sponsor.

Mike Adam worked with the Silicon Valley Sports Officials Association, which announced that through Mike’s efforts, they will offer two college scholarships to local athletes. Mike raised money through an auction fundraiser of sports memorabilia and as a result of his efforts, the Association not only asked him to serve on their Board of Directors, but made him the Board Chair.

Jake Wilkerson completed a new policies and procedures manual for each of Street Life Ministries volunteer positions. Street Life Ministries is a community-based non-profit that serves the homeless and at-risk populations of the Mid-Peninsula, specifically seeing to serve individuals who are apprehensive about entering a building to receive help. Due to Jake’s efforts, the volunteer staff will be better equipped to effectively serve our communities’ homeless population.

Danae Iraheta created a volunteer curriculum for San Francisco’s Institute on Aging. The Institute enhances the quality of life for adults as they age by enabling them to maintain their health, well-being, independence, and participation in the community. The curriculum Danae created helped the IOA to strengthen their volunteer training, accreditation, and repository of up to date literature in the field.

Ouarda Ismahan El-Frih worked with the International Rescue Committee of Northern California on their work assisting refugees who are crossing Syrian borders and those trapped inside Syria with medical aid, aid to women and girls who are victims of violence, and providing access to legal resources. Ismahan’s project was to raise public awareness of and advocacy for the work while raising money; her project sponsor called her goals “ambitious” and complimented her marketing work in meeting them through social media and other outreach.

Edlin Martinez worked with Pug Rescue of Sacramento to find homes for pugs in hospice care. She worked through dog fairs at Pet Food Express and found homes for four hospice pugs while additionally raising money, which her sponsor said was “great!”

Monica Manriquez led a project to create a new promotional video for the International Institute of the Bay Area, which helps thousands of people each year with applications for citizenship, work authorizations, and a host of other services. They are excited to have this video to use to promote their program.   The three-minute video, produced by a professional videographer who volunteered his time when Monica asked him to, features students, volunteers, and staff and captures their feelings about the program and how it has affected their lives.  Monica added that the Hallmarks of NDNU have “defined who I am and have given me purpose and awareness. The Human Services program at NDNU has changed my life… I now have a broader view of the world I live in and I understand the roles I can play to enact change… with compassion and love.”

Anamaria Isaaacs worked with NDNU’s own Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement on a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinic. The workshop was planned to provide legal assistance to low-income individuals in East Palo Alto and the surrounding communities regarding DACA procedures and other immigration matters. Over 100 people attended the presentation, 50 signed up for consultations, and 25 left with applications completed. Anamaria commented, “making a difference and being invested in the community is what NDNU is about and I am proud to say that I share the passion of community involvement and advocacy that is cherished at the university.”

Ryan McCann made connections in the community to help My New Red Shoes to help children in need. My New Red Shoes provides new shoes and back-to-school outfits. Ryan worked through social media, campus, and community networks to get a total of 62 pairs of shoes donated and plans to continue to work with the organization on future efforts.

Dorene Lucchesi completed a training manual for the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA Pet Assisted Training Program for Seniors. This program now has more than 60 teams and is in more than 50 locations, brining joy and helping people feel less lonely, depressed, and anxious. The training manual gives handlers information that will enable them to go into each senior facility with confidence that they can provide a positive experience for the seniors they meet. Her sponsor called her outcomes “an essential component to our training… and we can attribute our volunteer’s knowledge of gerontology to Dorene’s experience in field. We are truly grateful!”

Elna Murcia worked with Ralston Middle school, which serves over 800 kids in grades six through nine. Her project, which she completed, was to help the school counselor by updating the resource binder used to help students with academic and personal needs.

Raquel Sweeney raised awareness for special needs children at Cambells’ Children’s Recovery Center by building resource bridges between local places of worship and the center. Her objective was to ensure a continuous flow of needed clothes for the children at the center and, working with others, she did achieve some donations.

William (Tony) Dixon partnered with InnVision Shelter Network, which served homeless families and individuals, to host homeless veterans at a San Francisco Giant’s game. Tony raised money for 24 tickets and a meal at the ballpark for the veterans. His sponsor, Christine Hitchcock, said with appreciation that Tony’s efforts allowed their clients “to forget their immediate personal difficulties and simply enjoy a few hours watching America’s pastime. The smiles on their faces were priceless!”

Tham Nguyen launched a College Outreach Program for MidPen Housing, which is a housing facility that empowers low income families to live in better surroundings while receiving free services. Most of the teens who benefitted from her program are first generation students who will be the first in their families to attend college. The program helps create a path toward attendance. Her sponsor commented on the complicated nature of her project and said that her patience and positive outlook were important to the success of a project that was “very rewarding.”

Jennifer Mariona added a new program for Mills-Peninsula’s Employee Assistance Program, which offers its employees triaing, information, and help to provide a healthier, happier, and more productive workplace. Jennifer’s project focused on providing a curriculum that addresses how to balance technology in everyday life. This one hour class will supplement the curriculum already offered through this EAP program and the staff expressed great appreciation for Jennifer’s innovative work.

Aridiana Castellanos completed an auxiliary program for Mountain View’s Acknowledge Alliance Center, which aids children and adolescents to develop their capacity to rebound from hardship and adversity. She created a manual that reinforces essential connections between the Hillcrest School’s Juvenile Hall and Acknowledge Alliance.

Congratulations to everyone on work well done!

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