by J-Rah Poblano
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of California Santa Barbara and am in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in Counselor Education and PPS credential at San Jose State University.
As an undergraduate, I assisted in planning and implementing an outreach program targeting at-risk youth at local Santa Barbara high schools. The focus was to promote and educate on higher education access while providing workshops and guest speakers on the UCSB campus. My goal is to provide equal opportunity access and guidance to students to assist them in reaching their educational and career objectives.
Describe your typical day at SVCP:
I visit one of the five Opportunity Youth Academy (OYA) locations in order to assist underrepresented high school students with career and college exploration and attainment. My role varies depending on each student’s needs and can range from resume writing to college applications.
Are you an Android or iOS user?
I was once an avid Android user until I was forced to change over to iOS. Now, I do not think I can go back. I enjoy the user-friendly aspect to it along with the fact that it connects my device’s information.
What are you listening to/reading/ watching these days?
I am watching a show on Netflix titled Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which is a comedy. Most of my readings consist of textbooks for school.
What’s the best thing about working at SVCP?
I enjoy being part of a program which has such great potential to make a difference in students’ lives.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on workforce development (or education)?
On my free time, I like to catch up with friends, go to the movies, try new hikes, and new restaurants.