Before I retire from Yerba Buena High School, I
want thank the Foothill Clinic Community for being part of an
amazing program that we have here at Yerba Buena High School. The
program SOAR stands for Students Overcoming and Re-directing
their lives. Students that are referred to SOAR are mostly
students that are having a difficult time dealing with a variety
of serious personal problems; such as anxiety, depression and few
other problems that are preventing our students from being
successful in the classroom.
Part of the SOAR curriculum is to
motivate and help the students make up the credits that they need
in order for them to graduate. The other important aspect of SOAR
is the mental health therapy that is included in SOAR. The
Foothill Clinic has given us tremendous help by providing the
expertise they know best, which is allowing a therapist to help
our very needed student in this program.
I am certain that the SOAR program
at Yerba Buena High School would not be as successful as it is
now without the help of amazing, caring therapists that I have
had the pleasure of working with.
I certainly feel fortunate to have
worked with amazing therapists. These professional therapists
have dedicated more time than expected to help our students. With
their help, the students in SOAR have been able to learn how to
deal with the stress they face day by day. Also, many of our
students have been able to graduate from Yerba Buena High School.
Another important element that the therapist includes as part of
their daily routine is to reach out to our students’ parents.
These families often need assistance or guidance on how to
improve their complicated family situations. Helping parents requires
a lot of work but at the end of the day, we can say that not only
are we helping students but also the entire family.
Again, I appreciate and respect
all the resources that the Foothill Clinic has provided our
school in order to help the most needed students. The records
will show that Foothill Clinic’s contributions are making a
significant impact in the lives of SOAR students who are now