Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Abstract

There are many immigrant children enrolled in schools, but it is challenging for children to adapt to the transitions. Transitions can influence their emotional and mental health. One common psychological sign that is often developed is anxiety and low self-esteem. Nevertheless, transitions also have an impact on the children’s academic studies. Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance is a non-profit agency that keeps kids safe, protects the community health, and supports families to thrive for a better living for their children. This agency provides school based counseling in the Pajaro Valley School District from K-12. Kids Korner focuses on children from K-5th grade, to support children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health. The project addressed the needs of immigrant students within PVUSD. The project goal was to develop a series of six support group sessions to be conducted for 45 minutes twice a week.The intent was to provide children a space to share their personal experiences and provided an opportunity to know other children who have a similar story. This group identified to participate consisted of 3 participants, two fourth graders, male and female, and one fifth grader, female. While the children were already selected, a pandemic prevented the implementation of the weekly sessions. Due to the COVID-19, schools were closed and the support groups were postponed. Therefore, support groups will be conducted in the future. The results were undetermined due to the delay in receiving consent forms from parents, school programming, and COVID-19. It is recommended that consent forms are sent home ahead of time, so the district can replicate the program model and support immigrant children.

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