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About Me

I have worked as a case manager for marginalized youth throughout my young career. I find this work to be gratifying because it allows me to help people break down barriers to success and provide them with the tools necessary for living a prosperous and fulfilling life. I am willing to make a career change. I believe that there are many places within the workforce that my passion for guidance can be an asset. If you feel my skill set is potential asset for you, please consider contacting me.

Education

Jan 2005May 2010

Bachelors of Science

Mitchell College

I took part in advanced life span coursework and training. I studied how human development can affect family development and relationships, multicultural issues, and social policy.

I was a member of the social-science student board of directors, as well as a board member of the health and wellness club. I was a residence hall assistant at Mitchell and nearby Thames Academy.I served as peer mentor, and I am founding member of a Youth Community Festival that continues to thrive in the New London Area.

Work experience

Feb 2012Aug 2013

Therapeutic Mentor

The Key Program, Inc.
  • Promote individual youth's daily living, social and communication skills
  • Support, coach, and train individual youth in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication, skill building, conflict resolution and relating appropriately to other youth and adults
Aug 2010Feb 2012

Residential Caseworker

The Key Program, Inc.

Provide intensive clinical work, advocacy in all life domains, family work, educational support, recreation, life skills training, and behavioral management to a ethnically and socially diverse group of adolescents in a intensive family group home

Aug 2008Jul 2009

Resident Assistant

Mitchell College Office of Residence Life
  • Manage a residence hall floor of ethnically diverse undergraduate students
  • Council students on various personal and academic issues
  • Maintain all bulletin boards and fliers with accurate, up to date, and useful information
Sep 2008May 2009

Student Mentor

Thames Academy
  • Guide, inform, support, and advocate for incoming freshmen with delayed social and/or cognitive development
Dec 2008

Research Assistant

Mitchell College Learning Resource Center
  • Participate in the design and development of a four-week intensive summer program for incoming freshmen with delayed social and/or cognitive development

References

Angel Figueroa, Direct Supervisor

"Zach developed into a well-rounded caseworker who clearly demonstrated an interest in social issues. As such, I strongly recommend Zach for any position working with youth as he has a natural way of connecting and working with them in a therapeutic manner."

Donna Moss Ogle, Directer Thames Academy

"The student Zach mentored was able to go on this year to Pace University in large part, I believe, because of the work that Zach did with him and the preparation he provided him with."

Julie A. Liefeld RN, PhD

"He is a wonderful mentor and model to our students and I think he will be an asset to the counseling or teaching field should he choose that direction."

My Alma Matter

Career Assessment Results

Volunteer

Community Halloween Festival                                                             

    New London, CT                                                                                                               October 2006-present

    Co-Organizer

  •   set-up, activities assistant, and entrance coordinator

Waterford Country School (safe home) Christmas Party

    Waterford, CT                                                                                                                 December 2006-present

    CO-Organizer

  •   set-up, games, gift-giving.

Skills

Youth Development
Community Outreach
Research
Public Speaking
CPR and First Aid

Interest

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Assistive technology 
  • Education
  • Human rights
  • Social policy