KEARNEY – Cristian Rodriguez of Grand Island has been selected for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program-Youth and received ,000 along with 39 other master’s-level counseling students.
Rodriguez is both a student and graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She intends to serve at-risk minority youth upon graduation.
The fellowship helps provide her with networking and resources to further grow as a professional, said the NBCC. Rodriguez also hopes to learn how to better serve diverse populations with the fellowship.
As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Rodriguez receives funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on youth ages 16–25.
About National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program-Youth
The NBCC MFP-Y is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-Y, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
About the NBCC Foundation
The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors based in Greensboro, N.C. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 55,000 National Certified Counselors in the U.S. and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.