Maria Calderon

Fuerte: School-Based Prevention Program Targeting Newcomer Latinx Immigrant Youth

Fuerte is a school based program implemented in various high schools in the San Francisco school district. The program targets newcomer Latinx youth who have arrived in the U.S five years or less post arrival, who are at risk of experiencing traumatic stress. In particular FUERTE focuses on providing mental health resources to students and connecting them to the school’s wellness center and other resources necessary, as well as improving their social functioning, allowing students to meet other students from their school who share a similar story.

Message to Sponsor

Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity! I have been working with the FUERTE research program for some time now and I absolutely love what we are currently working on. I am very excited to be able to work with immigrant youth and be able to connect with them more than I have done so far because I am very passionate about working with immigrant youth and it is a group that I definitely see myself working with in the future. It truly means a lot to me that I have been given this opportunity to grow my experience in this field.
  • Major: Psychology
  • Mentor: Dr. William Martinez, Dept. of Psychiatry