Social Work Intern

B.A. Social Work – CSULB

Cynthia Zapata is the Counseling Assistant at Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena. Cynthia has serviced children and families for about 3 years and has experience working in case management and mental health. She has previously worked for Long Beach Unified School District as a Child Care Worker and was also a Tutor Coordinator for School on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that provides educational services to students undergoing difficult living situations. 

Marisa Torres is the Social Work Intern with the Counseling Team at ECMS Gardena and has been since September 2022. Marisa has about 5 years of experience in the Social Work field and is still currently working at a Mental Health America of Los Angeles as an Assistant Program Manager. 

Marisa was drawn to ECS to explore the needs of children and continue to build upon skills to support these groups. Marisa is passionate about linking underserved populations to resources and assisting with mental health needs. 

Marisa is in her second year of the three year Masters of Social Work program at Cal State Long Beach and is projected to graduate in May 2024. She earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work from CSULB as well.

Marisa is a native of the South Bay Area, ranging from Harbor City to Inglewood. Her hobbies are going to concerts, the beach, hiking, and spending lots of time with friends and family. Marisa is enthusiastic about continuing to serve her community at ECS and the mental health field in general!