From a young age, Esther knew that she wanted to make a difference and help others, locally and internationally. She graduated with an Associates degree in Sociology and a Bachelors degree in social sciences (emphasis in psychology) and started her career in social services shortly after. Her career has included community outreach, counseling and training volunteers on how to mentor at risk youth, as well as working with foster youth and emancipated foster youth. Currently she does in home Family Support services for families that have teens with extremely problematic behaviors. On an international level she has traveled and volunteered throughout Central and South America, including two and a half months volunteering in Guatemala at a home for malnourished children.
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About Equip Orphan Outreach
Equip Orphan Outreach is a non-profit charitable organization that brings a custom designed curriculum to orphanages throughout the world to train and equip caregivers and staff, specifically in the area of working effectively and compassionately with traumatized children. We also offer workshops and counseling to the children who live in these orphanages, helping them to learn healthy coping skills and better relationship interactions.
Founder & Executive Director
Michelle is a social worker at a basic needs non-profit agency. Michelle holds a Master degree in Social Work with a concentration in family, youth, and children from CSU Chico. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Michelle's bicultural and bilingual abilities have given her a unique and valuable perspective in assisting those with different cultures, values, and beliefs. Through her international travels and volunteer experiences at an orphanage and low income school throughout Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Michelle has been able to widen her world view of developed and underdeveloped countries.
Born in Lima, Peru, Evelyn moved to the United States of America in 1999. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. As a therapist intern at a Continuation High School, Evelyn met with at-risk youth on a weekly basis, helping them in areas such as anger management, communication skills, self-confidence, and time management, as well as working with youth dealing with trauma due to histories of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. In addition to individual therapy sessions, Evelyn facilitated weekly group sessions to improve life skills. Currently, Evelyn is working on getting her MSW with a concentration in Health/Mental Health from San Jose State University.