Site Coordinator: Kenn campa
Our site coordinators, like Kenn Campa at Mendez High School, work full-time, on campus to support the needs of our students. As Kenn shared, “ Being located on campus provides a unique opportunity to connect students to resources, staff, and opportunity. Working within the school makes it easier to do the work we need to do in coordinating resources and support. It allows me to be effective in my day to day, which impacts the longevity of our services and supports. I have seen many community partners over the years. Many struggle because they are not providing their services on campus, they don’t have the same touch points and therefore relationships with students and school personnel.”
Our site coordinators become members of the campus community, and promote a collaborative approach to addressing students’ most pressing needs. “Mendez puts emphasis on and values collaborative partnership. I am a part of the Response to Intervention Team, which is composed of school counselors, teachers, and administrators to discuss individual students and appropriate interventions. We use a social emotional lens to ensure that we are address- ing issues that are surfacing in the classroom and in the community or at home. We have students who are accessing multiple services and our coordination ensures that communication and support for all of our students remains the priority. Principal Bautista and I have developed a positive and unique relationship. I truly respect the work that he does, his vision for the school, and we have established trust between us.” said Kenn.
As a result of our partnership, the CISLA team has had a great impact on the college/career readiness goals at Mendez High School and we continue to see an upward trend in graduation numbers and 2-4 year college acceptance.