One on one case management for at risk youth; helping them achieve goals and stay in school.
Pros: connections and relationships
Cons: short deadlines while learning a new data system; but it kept me on my toes.
I case managed 75+ students in high school, helping them stay on track to graduate while inking them with services and basic needs to succeed.
I learned the importance of knowing the community and its resources available. The importance of listening and documenting while writing case notes; you must have a clear understanding of needs to help and each student's personal needs vary. I also learned that being part of a team means being able to work dynamically and support each other.
I worked with one other On-Site Coordinator, she and I had a very open line of communication that made the job run smoothly. The friendship and support was immeasurable.
The hardest part of the job was not seeing students succeed, even though you had given the all the help you possibly could. It made me want to work hard and approach the individual student if various ways to break through to them just how important their high school years are.
The connections with students, co-workers, and school faculty that I made will stay with me forever. Watching my students succeed and be proud of themselves (especially when they had been told they couldn't) was the greatest feeling in working at Communities In Schools.