Jennifer Urtecho

Jennifer Urtecho is pursuing a Master of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida. Jennifer is concentrating on the Leadership Track and also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health. Jennifer currently works as a Lead Program Development Specialist supporting out-of-school time providers through South Florida as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program managed by the Florida Department of Education. Through her work supporting K-12 students, Jennifer has found inspiration to continue to work to better students’ lives through academic programs and behavioral supports. As such, Jennifer has developed a passion for mental health advocacy among minorities, especially Hispanics in the United States. As part of her work with the Children’s Mental Health Network, Jennifer will research Latino immigrants’ mental health services and how COVID-19 has impacted K-12 students’ education for limited English proficient families. The goal is to use research to understand challenges in providing behavioral services for Latino families and identify potential solutions to improve service delivery. Jennifer is grateful for the opportunity to receive mentorship through this program and dedicate time to this topic that is so close to her heart as a Latina who migrated to the U.S. as a young girl.