Employee Spotlight: THINK Together mission inspired her to join the team
Southern California transplant Adreana Rubio quickly found herself involved with local after school programs when she moved to the Sacramento area to attend the University of Davis.
While she enjoyed the work, she found the programs lacked a certain cohesiveness that she believed could greatly enrich it. She later found that cohesiveness at THINK Together.
“Being a volunteer in the community and staff in after school programs I knew there had to be something better for the students,” she said. “A program that has more structure, academic focus, community involvement, and most importantly a program that it is driven by the students for the students.”
Adreana started searching online and came across an opening for a program leader position at THINK Together in Southern California. The position description intrigued her so she visited THINK Together’s website and learned more about the mission, vision, and values.
“When browsing the website I saw another opening, but this one was for a Site Coordinator position in Northern California. I quickly decided to apply and I got hired,” exclaimed Adreana.
“I was surprised by my whole initial experience. Everything was so structured and the program took everyone into consideration, the principal, teachers, students, and parents,” said Adreana about her first impression of THINK Together. Everyone had meetings together and they all had a common goal which was for student success. This wasn’t an afterschool program it was an extended learning time program.
Adreana was part of the original five THINK Together staffers who started working in the Elk Grove Unified School District.
“Seeing everyone participate in organizing the office was a great example of teamwork and set the platform for everything that we are doing,” added Adreana about her first experiences as THINK Together staff.
The school site she worked at, Franklin Elementary, is in a very rural community. Adreana says she had a really great team to work with, which seemed to make things so much easier. “Our program leaders were very dedicated,” she said.
Parents in this community never had an extended learning time program available to them at no cost.
“They were very grateful,” said Rubio of the parents reaction to the program. The community has a large population of migrant farm workers. “For those families to have THINK Together available for them to support their children’s academic success made our work very rewarding,” said Adreana. “Especially when we saw academic improvements at the end of the year, we were even more encouraged to continue the mission.”
With the expansion in Sacramento an opportunity for a Senior Site Coordinator position became open. Adreana was recently promoted into this position in which she gets to support several school sites.SHARE