Great Expectations

Feb 10, 2016

Claire Rogers

Trauma affects the way a brain can function and develop. Because of this, kids living at a children’s home typically face educational challenges. Even when surrounded by top teachers and caregivers, many wrestle with depression, hopelessness and emotional wounds from the trauma of being left at a children’s home.

Offering tools for emotional growth and healing requires careful consideration and in-depth support. With this in mind, Rosa was brought on staff at Imperio de Amor, as a teacher and mentor to assist children with their studies. Her relational approach has allowed her to become a trustworthy confidant. Her deep investment in the children’s lives is already making a significant impact.

“Rosa’s passion is what makes her approach stand out,” Back2Back staff member, Mau, shares, “She cares about the children as a whole, more than simply their educational needs. Rosa is building a connection. They look to her, trust her, and believe what she says about them. And because of that, she is making a lasting difference.”

Rosa started working with fourteen-year-old, Laura, over the summer. Laura had failed her previous classes. When school ended last year, she was tired and frustrated. As she invested in her studies, Rosa spoke words of encouragement and life.

“Laura, I know some of your subjects are very tough. But every day you are making progress,” Rosa kindly whispered, “You will succeed. I believe in you!”

Laura’s perspective had shifted as the new academic year began. She had worked with Rosa for months to find her areas of biggest frustration, which coincided with the subjects she was failing. After school began, Rosa continued to assist Laura, working with her multiple times throughout the week.

In December, the semester came to a close.  Laura was nervous as she waited for her final grades. She clutched her report card in her hands – too nervous to look inside. She glanced around the room to make sure she was alone before carefully unfolding the thin white paper.

Laura gasped and laughed out loud. She ran as fast as she could to find Rosa.

“Rosa, look! I did it, I did it!,” she squealed.

In a matter of six months, her failing grade of 6.9 had become a 9.7. She wasn’t just passing, she was thriving.

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