Buong Loob: filipinx student wellness internship
now accepting applications for our spring 2022 cohort
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The "Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" is a paid, 15-week program where students will learn about mental health and wellbeing through the Filipina/o/x and Filipina/o/x American experience.
Students will attend a series of mental health education workshops, explore college and career options in the behavioral and public health sectors, and become peer mentors to middle school students. This program will culminate in a "Community Action Project," where students propose solutions in how adults can be better allies when supporting young people with their wellness journey. Please see the section below for a detailed overview of the eligibility requirements and structure of the program.
Application deadline for our Spring 2022 cohort* is
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:59PM (PDT).
*Applicants are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.
*Contact Ms. Tiffany at email@example.com for questions about this requirement
MEETING STRUCTURE & COMITTMENTS
The Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship is a 15-week program offered from January 2022 - May 2022. The format of this program is blended, where students will meet both online and in-person. Interns will be able to accumulate a minimum of 3.5 hours per workweek.
Online meetings will take place via Zoom once a week for 90 minutes every Thursday from 4:15 PM-5:45 PM. Students must be seated in front of their desktop/laptop/tablet and ready to attend sessions by our start time. An additional 2-hours of independent work will be assigned after each meeting. Interns must attend up to THREE in-person meetings once a month from February 2022 through May 2022. Location and dates will be confirmed once admitted to the program.
For questions, contact Ms. Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is program is a collaboration with San Francisco Unified School District's Office of College and Career Readiness and the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco.
In February 2021, a collective of Filipinx identified school social workers, educators, and core members of the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco rallied to discuss ways to respond to the increasing need for mental health support for Filipinx students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" was piloted in March 2021 to create an empowering educational space for students to develop the skill set to have agency over their mental wellbeing, while strengthen communication skills that are culturally considerate of Filipinx family dynamics .
This program was created to address the following issues related to supporting Filipinx families in San Francisco and their young people:
FIlipinx Student Wellness internship 2021
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MEET OUR TEAM
Verma Soria Zapanta, m.ed (sHE/HER/SIYA)
Verma Soria Zapanta is an educator, mental health advocate, and proud San Francisco native. Prior to delving into mental health and holistic wellness work in 2018, Verma was a high school Ethnic Studies/History teacher in SFUSD, LAUSD, and taught/mentored graduate students in teacher education programs at UCLA and St. Mary’s College. She has over 10 years of experience in curriculum design, instructional coaching, and implementing school-wide educational frameworks that combine college-focused academics, rigorous technical education, work/project-based learning, and personalized student support. Verma serves as one of the Program Coordinators at the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco (FMHI-SF) and co-developed the "Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" program.
SFUSD PARTNERS & COMMUNITY CONSULTANTS
geraldine punzalan lapitan, MSW, PPSC (SHE/HER/SIYA)
Born and raised as a second generation Pinay in SF/DC, currently working as a School Social Worker at Denman Middle School in San Francisco Unified District after several years of working with youth all over the bay area in different educational and mental health backgrounds.
Harvey Lozada, msw,ppsc (he/him/his)
Harvey Lozada is a fourth-generation FRISCOPINO. He is an educator, community worker, healer, filmmaker, photographer, and visual storyteller. Harvey is the son of Filipino immigrants from the islands of Luzon and Mindanao and traces his familial roots in Yelamu, occupied Ramaytush Ohlone territory (San Francisco, CA) as far back as the 1920s. He is a humble culture bearer and descendent of traditional medicine keepers such as albularyos and manghihilots from the so-called, Philippines. Harvey’s healing journey began with community activism and engaging young people in the juvenile justice system. For over 18 years, he has dedicated his life to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline through youth leadership development and culturally responsive counseling services for children and families throughout San Francisco. Harvey currently serves as a Transition Specialist at the San Francisco County Office of Education and Woodside Learning Center in San Francisco Unified School District. He is a core member at the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco and co-developed the "Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" program.
About our partners
SFUSD'S Office of College and Career Readiness
Within SFUSD’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction, the Office of College and Career Readiness (CCR) provides direct services to students and supports teachers and counselors to increase the likelihood of students’ postsecondary success in college and career.
Kababayan SFUSD is an organization of Filipinx/a/o educators in San Francisco. Our organization aims to:
- Support the academic success and social-emotional well-being of Filipinx students
- Improve the educational standards of the school system through the professional advancement of Kababayan members through leadership development, professional development, professional support, and networking.
- Facilitate a firm connection to the Filipinx culture and the Philippines by fostering cultural events and programs, supporting local efforts to preserve the culture, and sponsoring initiatives connecting its members with other Filipinx educators in the region, state, country, and in the Philippines.
- Unite Filipinx teachers and education workers within San Francisco Bay Area and the San Francisco Unified School District and align with other educators, education groups, alliances, and federations who share similar interests in advancing the interest of Filipinx students and other marginalized youth