Child Abuse Prevention Center
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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: Marissa Estrada
Nominator: Erika Wright
Site: First 5 Madera, Chowchilla FRC
Program: First 5 Service Corps
I’d like to nominate Marissa Estrada-Fernandez for the October member of the month award. I can’t even fully list all of the ways in which she has gone above and beyond since she’s been a member. This is Marissa’s second term as an AmeriCorps member and she has asked for, and willingly accepted, higher-level duties this term. This month she has created a Step-By-Step Guide for documenting GOLD data for the new members to use. This is a one-sheet guide that will enable members to complete each step in the documentation process to ensure the data is captured appropriately and children’s assessments are being accounted for. She has also taken the lead to develop a curriculum binder for our PKU (PreKindergarten University) class, which is a 6 week long session, with 6 hours of instruction each week, for a total of 36 hours. She is sequencing and scaffolding the lessons from weeks one to six and tying all of the activities/lessons to the GOLD objectives. This will be a valuable resource for incoming members that they can utilize as they facilitate their first PKU session.
In addition, Marissa volunteered to train the other members on how to use the die cutting machine in the office (the Cricut) and developed a power point to guide her training. She has also been instrumental in establishing a relationship with the local library and now provides a Storytime class at their site once a week. This effort has been influential in increasing participating at our FRC as the library families have then started to attend activities at our site as a result. The numbers at that FRC are at an all-time high and I have no doubts that it is due, in large part, to Marissa’s enthusiasm, engagement and organization in her role. She knows the names of every child, every parent and genuinely cares about their experience and enhancing every child’s development. She has a great attitude and is always busy looking for ways to help or ways to improve, which I really value about her. It is for these reasons and many more that I believe she is deserving of this award.
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.