Tucson, AZ – Robert Madril, a College Success Arizona alumnus, is fulfilling his career and life goals, by using his college education and work experience to help others.
Robert says, “I manage a team of clinicians who work with a children’s population primarily from birth to about 12 years old, and we coordinate effective services to help them, and we offer a pretty wide spectrum of interventions.”
“We help children and families get to where they need to be – to be successful at whatever it is they’re struggling through as it relates to their mental health. So, the job I do is really rewarding and fulfilling in the sense that I have the opportunity to go out every day and help other people. And, just having that idea that I’m making an impact and knowing that I’m doing something to help not just help individual children and families, but also impact the greater community as a whole.”
Robert, age 27, was born in Tucson and raised in Nogales, Arizona where he graduated from Nogales High School in 2008. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Arizona, graduating in 2012, and has worked as a clinical supervisor at an outpatient mental health clinic in Tucson for more than two years.
Robert tells us that his days are devoted to helping young people who have lived through some tough times, “The population that I work with is a pretty large population that is involved in some manner with the Arizona Department of Child Safety. We work with families that have experienced some highly traumatic events, and we get them connected to resources they need to work through that trauma and process it. Also, there are a lot of issues we work through to help with the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), namely coming up with crisis plans and other interventions to avoid any other serious consequences that could be harmful to the child’s life, such as self-harming or other self-destructive behavior. We also work with children to help them through other school-readiness issues as well, so that they can be in a place where they can be successful in school just with the foundation of their own mental health. This often involves treating things like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or other types of anxiety and disorders as well.”
Meanwhile, Robert is among the hundreds of high potential students from low income circumstances who have earned scholarships from College Success Arizona. The students receive up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses and specialized mentoring services provided by CSA’s team of Success Advisers.
Robert attributes much of his college success to College Success Arizona, “Going back to my time in college, something that I knew that I wanted to do was to help people. What that looked like, I wasn’t sure of when I first started college, but as I went through college and the College Success Arizona program, and worked with the (success) advisers, I learned how to use my time and use my energy to help others. I think from the motivation aspect it was really helpful to have someone that was an adviser, but also someone you can talk to about what options there are once you get out of college, and what things really look like when you graduate. They also helped me stay on track toward whatever goals I had set for myself. In some cases, you have college advisers who are available but not to the extent where you can have those really insightful conversations, and see what paths you’re going down, and how that could impact you overall in your success and your goals.
Robert adds that the cost factor of his college journey was made much easier by the scholarship, “I can honestly say that without the financial piece of the scholarship it would have been extremely difficult for me to get through college and get through all of the coursework. I was working through college, but it was no where near what I would have needed to sustain myself and my tuition on top of that.”
Robert has some words of wisdom for young people considering college, “I say, apply for whatever is available (scholarships and colleges) and really put yourself out there. I think, being a middle school or high school student, it can be difficult to have conversations with those who are offering support and assistance. Just know that it’s okay to ask things from the people who are your support system. And, from a psychological level, just know that it’s okay if things don’t always work out the way you think they’re going to.”
Robert’s educational journey continues as he starts work to earn a master’s degree, “I have short-term goals of being a licensed therapist to work more closely and specifically with children and families that have experienced a traumatic event. Whether they have a PTSD diagnosis, or if it’s something that’s just really impacting their daily functioning, that’s something that I have set as a goal, to be able work with those families in a higher capacity than I am now.”
Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income circumstances, your tax-deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page.