Not only has Jessica worked in the treatment field, but is in personal recovery herself. Because of this, she has empathy and compassion for those who are in treatment and who have their own struggles. Jessica works very hard in her own 12 step program and has a deep passion for being of service to others. She especially loves teenagers, with deep compassion for all their struggles and strengths.
Following her passion in 2019, she transitioned into working with teens in the mental health field and joined Polaris as a Program Aide. As an integral part of the Polaris team, she was promoted to Lead Program Aide and eventually to Residential Supervisor, in which she co-supervises all floor staff. Working for Polaris, Stephanie has been able to witness the positive impact and change the program and staff have on the teens and their families.
Through her experiences of teaching at various schools in the Los Angeles area, Briana became skilled at helping children with not only their academic goals, but in focusing on social and emotional learning as well. Briana has worked with children and adolescents with many different types of special needs, disabilities, and emotional challenges.
Briana’s main goal is to facilitate a comfortable environment where children’s needs will be heard. She is consistently focused on assisting young people in their academic needs to stay on track, as well as acquiring the tools to work through any issues so they are enabled them to develop the best version of their true selves.
Lisa enjoys working with students in smaller groups settings or in a one-to-one situation so that she can tailor the content delivery to that student’s specific needs and learning style. She is able to apply those skills in a one-to-one setting with the students here at Polaris to facilitate their continuing educational progress during their stay.
She began her journey at Polaris as a Program Aide, which has benefited her mental health career. She was promoted to Lead Program Aide, Alumni Coordinator, and then Residential Manager. During her time at Polaris, she has witnessed the tremendous progress clients can make during treatment, and as Alumni Coordinator, she has seen that impact continue.
Vanessa is a highly dedicated and compassionate individual with a strong background in working with children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and driven by her passion for helping children, she is currently pursuing a certification to become a Child Life Specialist.
From being a childcare worker, a pediatric nurse assistant, and volunteering at the Boys & Girls club: Vanessa has gained valuable experience in various child-focused roles. She aims to utilize her knowledge and experience to address the unique challenges faced by children. She firmly believes that investing in the mental well-being of children is crucial for shaping a brighter future.