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.
Become an AmeriCorps Partner
CAP Center AmeriCorps programs partner with nonprofit organizations, state agencies, schools, and other community organizations throughout California.
Interested in hosting AmeriCorps members? Learn more about partnering with CAP Center AmeriCorps.
Member of the Month
Member Name: Eliana De Julian
Nominator(s): Mason Taylor and the North Sacramento FRC leadership team
Site: Sacramento Children's Home - North Sacramento Family Resource Center
Program: Birth & Beyond
"Eliana joined Birth & Beyond just one year ago, and what a long journey it has already been! Orignally selected for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Family Resource Aide position with the North Sacramento FRC, Eliana hit the ground running with programming. During her first term, Eliana supported the efforts of the Short-Term Residential Treatment Program at the Sacramento Children's Home while fulfilling her commitment to the Family Resource Center team. The month she started, we were also packing up our entire site getting ready to move locations! Then, the unexpected worldwide pandemic tore through our communities, changing the work we would do forever. While standing resilient against challenges in her own life, Eliana's empathy and compassion for fellow team members and families never wavered. Her work ethic is unrivaled, and everyone who knows her loves her. Only a couple weeks into her term, the team had expressed how it felt like she had been with us for years, and we could not imagine our North Sacramento family without her! So, she came back for a full-time term as an AmeriCorps Home Visitor in the 2020-2021 Program Year. In this current term, she continues to expand and explore her own interpersonal communication, motivational interviewing, crisis intervention, and clinical writing skills as a Home Visitor. The sky is the limit for Eliana, and we are humbled that we got the opportunity to be part of this member's journey."
-Mason Taylor, North Sacramento FRC Team Leader
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.