Child Abuse Prevention Center
Who we are
The Child Abuse Prevention Center is a state, national and international training, education, research and resource center dedicated to strengthening children, families, and communities.
The CAP Center administers six AmeriCorps programs with nearly 300 AmeriCorps members serving children, youth, and families throughout California.
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CAP Center AmeriCorps programs partner with nonprofit organizations, state agencies, schools, and other community organizations throughout California.
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Member of the Month
Member Name: Angelica Munoz
Nominator(s): Erika Avendano
Site: Redwood Community Action Agency
Program: Preventing Abuse Through Home-Visitation
Angelica Munoz is deserving of the member of the month award for a multitude of reasons. She is close to wrapping up her second term at the Pine Hill / South Bay Family Resource Center in Humboldt County where she has worked to connect families to resources in our community and prevent child abuse. Angelica’s personal experience of coming from a bilingual family drove her to seek out families in our community that had gone without services in the past. Angelica worked diligently to build trust and outreach to Spanish speaking families in our district. What Angelica found was that these families had many needs that were going unmet. She worked tirelessly to connect them with resources; housing, food, mental health supports, and much more. She was able to track excellent data that help showcase how important the work she was doing was and how widespread it was in our district. She was able to take this data to help present to the district that we are in need of more support for our Spanish speaking families. This helped leverage a new position created to specifically address these barriers. Along with the family work, she was able to support students on campus. 1 out of 5 students in our district are currently homeless and need additional support on campus. Angelica was able to take some of these kiddos under her wing and provide them with socio-emotional support that put them in a better place to learn in the classroom. Another reason Angelica is deserving of this award, is because of the parenting classes she has put on. She has worked with a few families that other agencies couldn’t support in our community. Even though some clients were hard to reach, Angelica continued to reach out and eventually had successful classes with them. The parents were incredibly grateful and raved about how great the classes were and what a great support Angelica was. The last thing I would like to highlight about Angelica is that her work has now been recognized elsewhere. Angelica applied for the MSW program at Baylor University in Houston and was awarded a full ride scholarship due to her AmeriCorps work. Angelica more than deserves of the scholarship and of this award. I hope you will consider my recommendation.
Member Name: Rosaura Rico
Nominator(s): Norma Chavez
Site: Tehama County Dept of Education
Program: Preventing Abuse Through Home-Visitation
I nominate Rosaura “Rocio” Rico for this award, she is such a hard working person. Rocio has been a great coworker and truly has a passion for what she does. Her families adore her, she has a big heart and is always there for there for her families. This is Rocio’s fourth term as an AmeriCorps member and we will miss her so much. Rocio has been a terrific support to the other members always sharing her knowledge and helping support their learning. She has truly been a great asset for our School Readiness Program and a true advocate for our families.
Member Name: Parisa Bana
Nominator(s): Hayley Cox
Site: Folsom Cordova Community Partnership
Program: CA Foster Youth Initiative
"Parisa Bana is serving her second term and is a dedicated, hard-working AmeriCorps member. She is diligent and organized, keeping a detailed schedule of AmeriCorps-related trainings, meetings, or deadlines. She manages her timecards and data submissions with superb time-management skills.
Since school shutdowns, Parisa has been integral to the conversion of in-person mentoring curriculum, activities, and workshops into distanced and virtual delivery formats. She is passionate about education and accessibility and is continually increasing her skills and knowledge through research.
During this term, Parisa’s ability to connect with youth and manage a group has grown. She has even become known as the in-house homework helper. One refugee youth who Parisa helped successfully graduate high school has recently returned to the Job Center seeking Parisa’s help and guidance in a math class at the local community college.
Parisa is a tremendous support to all youth programs at the Partnership. We are grateful for her service."
Zoe is a second term member with the Youth Investment Center program. As a former foster youth herself, she mentors foster youth on independent living skills necessary in order to thrive as an adult.
Zoe was personally recognized by Mayor Darrell Steinberg for her service to her community. She plans to complete four terms with AmeriCorps.
“They don’t believe in themselves because nobody’s given them a reason to. [My client] just needed someone to believe in him. He knows what he can do but no one believes in him, so why should he? I became his cheerleader. I believed in him.”
Interested in Joining AmeriCorps?
We are recruiting motivated and community-oriented individuals to provide services to children and families. The CAP Center administers six AmeriCorps programs with nearly 300 AmeriCorps members serving children, youth, and families throughout California.
Our programs offer full- and part-time opportunities ranging from home visitation to parenting classes to youth mentoring, and more!
CAP Center AmeriCorps members receive excellent benefits in addition to opportunities for personal and professional development.