What's your job title at AVP and how would you describe what you do here?
I am one of the Youth Violence Outreach Counselors at AVP. I facilitate socioemotional learning and grief processing groups at schools with youth from K-12th grade, co-facilitate after-school sessions, summer groups, and some individual clients as well.
Why did you decide to get into victim services?
Throughout my career, my passion has always been helping others and finding healthy ways to manage complex trauma, so getting back into direct services felt like a natural calling. I've learned so much over the years, so I'm grateful to be able to share that knowledge with others.
What part of your job means the most to you?
The most meaningful aspect of my current position is supporting youth directly while fostering a safe space for them to learn new ways to handle day-to-day and traumatic stress.
Is there anything you'd like to focus more of your effort toward as you further define your role here?
I look forward to learning how our community is impacted by violence, from the family unit to community leaders, and what support youth feel they need based on their real life experiences.