New Youth Resource Advocates At LAMS And LAHS

Rob Ward will primarily work with LAHS students and families. Courtesy/JJAB

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) has recently hired two new youth resource advocates, Rob Ward and Santina Shije, to serve at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle High School.

The Youth Resource Advocate provides wrap around case management and assistance to youth and their families in accessing comprehensive services at LAHS and LAMS. The Youth Resource Advocate coordinates services and offers resources to youth in need of intervention. Referrals are received from the community, the schools and the juvenile probation office. The Youth Resource Advocate is available to help families connect to services, find the support they need and overcome any barriers to seeking or receiving services.

Santina Shije will primarily work with LAMS students and families. Courtesy/JJAB

Rob Ward will primarily be working with LAHS students and families. He grew up in California and Texas, and has made New Mexico his home for the last 12 years. Ward received his B.A. in Accounting with a minor in Psychology, and his M.A. in Counseling from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He has worked in the helping profession in various capacities for more than 16 years, serving community, families and individuals.  He also is a licensed mental health counselor, and enjoys working with youth and families to assist them in developing enriching lives, connection to their community and a positive wellbeing. Ward can be contacted by email at jjabyra@gmail.com or by phone or text at 505.453.2411.

Santina Shije will primarily be working with LAMS students and families. Shije is a tribal member of San Ildefonso Pueblo and a graduate of Pojoaque High School. She has experience working with diverse families throughout Northern New Mexico. She holds a Master of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands and a Bachelors of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. Shije may be reached by email at jjabyra2@gmail.com or by phone or text at 505.231.5950.

Shije and Ward will be at the LAHS open house Aug. 26 and the LAMS open house Aug. 27 at the JJAB booth to meet the public. 

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) is an established non-profit organization. The board’s mission is to help youth and families feel and be connected, valued, and recognized through community, family and individual activities. JJAB’s vision is that all youth and adults are positively engaged in society. JJAB is recognized both within Los Alamos County and throughout the state of New Mexico as a leader in prevention and intervention initiatives for youth. The work of the JJAB is made possible through funding from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department, Los Alamos County, and grants and donations from private foundations and individuals.

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