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Review for Unite Oregon, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Since August 2008, I have been committed to working for the Latino community in Multnomah County. I feel that I am a professional advocate for my clients and I am able to understand their needs and struggles as they try to raise their children well. I often empathize with their young daughters as we share in feelings of vulnerability often experienced by young women, particularly during puberty, adolescence, and youth. I believe it is very important to help create connections between parents and their children so that parents can understand and help their sons and daughters. For me, the most important part of my work is supporting parents as they help their children achieve success despite the many obstacles they face.
I also identify as a student, and I always will because I believe that knowledge is what makes us who we are and what helps us succeed in the workplace. Through continued education and professional research, we can help one another reach our goals and objectives. I believe it is very important to share my knowledge when clients ask me something because it is never too late to learn. I invite them to share their knowledge with me as classmates.
I also identify as a teacher, particularly when teaching my clients new life skills. I love my work because my clients not only receive information, but learn different ways to use educational tools. Over time, these skills will help them in various situations so that they are able to take advantage of opportunities and be successful academically and professionally in our competitive society. It is important for me to remember the importance of education, which helps us achieve our goals.
As a parent and social worker, my goal is to help, advocate for, and educate our Latino community; in addition, I offer them a number of tools that they can use as they navigate the American education system. Working toward improvement for my clients and engaging our community is of the utmost importance to me in my career. We search for and find leaders that actively work to be present in our schools as volunteers, doing whatever is requested of them to better serve our community.
My work is greatly enriched by the simple fact that I work with the Latino community. I work hard to make a big impact within our society and offer intellectual, emotional, and psychological support in the workshops I lead. It is important that parents and students truly grasp the concepts we discuss so they can practice them in their daily interactions. One of my favorite phrases is “Querer es Poder,” which means “desire is power”. I have implemented this philosophy into my everyday life and I believe that if you want something, you can look for ways to achieve your goals in ways that are not harmful but rather build up others. I am on a mission to seek paths of success for my clients. I trust myself and my internal compass, express my feelings, and continue to seek help and knowledge to realize my own goals. I continue to desire and fight for the success of myself and others.

Sara V. Garcia Gonzalez

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