Annie’s intro: When we think of a school counselor, most of us likely don’t imagine a face in a square box on a screen. Yet we also know that young people need support from adults who care about them, are trained in difficult situations, and ready to help. But what does that look like, especially for young people who have trouble asking for help? When something is not feeling right, they can’t just stop by for a chat anymore.
Mariel Santos-Dugan, School Counselor at Amigos K-8, writes about some of the approaches she’s tried in adapting how she gives and offers support. Mariel also works at Amigos on getting young people into out-of-school-time programs, and has previously worked in Boston Public Schools as a high school counselor.
Mariel Santos-Dugan: These last few weeks of distant learning have been challenging as I have struggled to come up with the best ways to reach out to my students. I found guidance and support through two Facebook Groups created to support school counselors to connect and share resources; Caught In The Middle School Counselors and Elementary School Counselor Exchange.
Pilot MSN Peer Share: Diving into Virtual Programming for Middle Schoolers on Friday, April 10, 10am
Register here to hear more from a few network members who have already been doing some kind of virtual programming for young people. No one is an expert, but as the individuals who have taken the dive into the world of virtual youth programming, we want to hear more from them about what they've tried, what they found and the lessons they've already learned in this brave new world.
Come join for this informal discussion and ask your questions!
These illustrious MSN members will be talking about their experiences so far: