Living in beautiful Half Moon Bay reminds us of the power of nature. When we look up to see the light of the full moon cover our community, we recognize that we are all live under the same moon. Recently one of our students shared a special story with me during a time she was talking about her future and how hard she is working to make sure she gets good grades to reach her dream of going to college. In her story, she shared this special memory..."When my mom was little and lived in Mexico, she really wanted to learn and study. But of course it was hard, they lived a hard life and in the evenings they didn't have electricity in their home, so she would go outside to read her book by the light of the moon" She shared that this story keeps her going in school, even when its challenging.
Belinda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and Founder of A.L.A.S. She also is Faculty at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches in the Counseling Department. She has a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education. Her research is focused on the psychological trauma experienced by many in the immigration system as well as understanding healing spaces in the Latino community.