Counseling Updates

Connecting you to information & opportunities (2/23/2023)

In this edition of the newsletter, you'll find:

  • FAFSA - Deadline to apply for financial aid is approaching!
  • Sierra College Updates
  • UC for Everyone
  • Questbridge for Juniors
  • Center for the Arts workshops
  • RYLA
  • Boys/Girls State
  • Mind Out Loud - Mental Health Awareness Event for Students
  • Resources for Families

Click on images for links and more information!

What's New at Sierra College

Questbridge - For High School Juniors

Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges. Check out the video below and click the button to apply (March 22 deadline).
A head start to top colleges for high school juniors
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA)

RYLA is an intense and incredibly challenging program, sponsored by California and Nevada Rotary Districts 5180 of Northern California and 5190 of Northern Nevada, and has been designed to engender passion, resilience, determination, mental toughness, gratitude and compassion. In addition, the program will instill in the participants the value of Service above Self, a core Rotary belief.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a character building program provided by the Grizzly Creek Ranch Ropes Course, which focuses on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation. Utilizing adventure, personal commitments and shared insights, you will gain an increased sense of confidence in yourselves and in your team.

Attendance at RYLA is supported by fully paid scholarships provided by the generosity of the Rotarians of the 95 clubs in Rotary Districts 5180 and 5190 and takes place at the superb educational retreat at the Grizzly Creek Ranch located near Portola, California.

Boys/Girls State

American Legion (CA) Boys/Girls State is a national program which exists in all states except Hawaii and is among the most prestigious, respected, and selective educational programs in the Nation. It is a participatory program of government instruction for U.S. high school juniors in which they become part of the operation of local, county and state government. Boys/Girls State 2023 is for the first time a co-educational program since its founding in 1935.

At Boys/Girls State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys/Girls State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses, and recreational programs.

American Legion Post 130 located in Grass Valley will select up to 8 high school juniors to attend the program. Those students selected to attend will have room and board expenses paid, the only cost to you as a parent is transportation to and from the California State University Sacramento, where the program is conducted.

The value of Boys/Girls State participation/graduation on your students college application cannot be over emphasized. It is one of the most important activities military service academies look for, as well as top colleges and universities.

Contact your school counselor for more information and/or to request to be nominated!
Students join together on April 27 for an ALL DAY virtual experience to:

  • Connect with their peers across the country

  • Hear from engaging speakers to be equipped with practical tools for wellness

  • Increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and their friends

  • Learn about suicide prevention

  • Reduce stigma around mental health

Mind Out Loud 2021 Recap

Resources for Families

Care Solace - Mental Health Help NOW

Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24×7 line that assists individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers.

Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code and special requests.

NJUHSD’s partnership with Care Solace provides access to services for our students, staff, and families at no cost. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely.

Care Match Self-Serving Tool

Click to be matched with mental health professionals in our area.

Care Match
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