This school year has been unlike any other as students, families, teachers, and staff have all made moves to navigate the virtual space together. Erwin Middle United Way Community School Coordinator Jocelin Rosas has been moving through those challenges alongside them--
- Shifting gears to call Spanish-speaking families and ensure they have the information they need
- Providing a virtual Google Classroom space to access free community resources
- Coordinating partnerships with nonprofit organizations providing services like mentorship and support for students
Born in Venezuela, Rosas ability to connect with Spanish-speaking families is incredibly important to a school with 670 students with a 41% enrollment of primarily Hispanic students. As a high-needs school that places in the bottom 50% of all North Carolina schools, Rosas knows how critical community partnerships are in providing mentorship and mental health support. She facilitates community partnerships with Journeymen, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, YMCA, and many more to help provide those supportive relationships and nurturing mental/emotional spaces around students, families, teachers, school, and community.