Tessa Nicholas has been serving urban youth through alternative education and job training for over 20 years. With a background in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in International Service and Non-profit Management Tessa has worked with youth from Los Angeles, California to Senegal, West Africa to Kingston, Jamaica. The majority of her time and career, however, has been spent with Civicorps in West Oakland, California where she has promoted over the years to Deputy Director and has her dream job of working with young adults and overseeing the charter school, the support services department, and the job training activities of the full-service community program.
Creating a Family Culture in an Alternative School Setting Learn about Civicorps’ continuous improvement since its inception in 1983. Through open dialogue with the young adults they serve, their focus now includes robust support services, enhanced academic content relevancy, and all staff training in Trauma Informed Care and implementation of Restorative Justice. A current Walter S. Johnson funded 3-year study of their work with Foster Youth, has allowed further development of program components with a lens on supporting those impacted by involvement in the foster care system and other reengaged young adults. Ongoing conversation and commitment make all these pieces fit together to build the family dynamic Corpsmembers speak of while maintaining program integrity and accountability.
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