Carissa Laudano has a strong passion for helping young girls succeed in life and being a role model they can look up to. She is a Child Psychology major with a minor in criminology here at Eastern and will be graduating May 2012. Carissa has landed an inspiring internship at Juvenile Matters in the Juvenile Superior Court house in Willimantic, CT, during her last semester at Eastern. As an intern she is mentored by a probation officer who is also an Eastern Alum. Her responsibilities include observing non-judicial hearings and court hearings with her mentors. Once she has an overview of the process the probation officers at the court will help her build her own case load and work with juveniles on her own. She will be conducting in-depth interviews with them, their parents, and social Service agencies and programs. Some of her other duties at the court house include supervising clients at their assessed level of risk, conducting drug tests and being a mediator for conflicts.
Carissa has been to Career Services where she has met with a career counselor for career path guidance, and found this extremely helpful. She is involved with many extracurricular activities such as the dance team at Eastern and works as a Student Assistant in Eastern's Housing Department. Her future goal is to become a Clinician for young girls in detention centers. So far this internship has helped her make connections with important people who have provided knowledge about the judicial system, helping her see that positive reinforcement is needed especially with children who have a background of neglect and little guidance. This is why she has such strong enthusiasm for helping these young women become successful.
Story written by: Brittany Mancini