USC Social Work partners with local school districts

first_imgLocal school district Lawndale Elementary School District, just southeast of the Los Angeles International Airport, has partnered with the USC School of Social Work to provide a Social Work Intern Program for master’s students at universities in the region.Initiated in the fall of 2013 by Director of Student Support Services Jorge Arroyo and District Social Worker Maria Ruelas, the program is now in its third year and is proving to be mutually beneficial to USC and other universities’ master’s students seeking job experience in the social work field, as well as to the elementary school students who need counseling and other services. In fact, LESD was recently recognized by USC School of Social Work faculty as “Agency of the Year” for the assistance they provide for young schoolchildren and the real-life career training they provide for university students seeking experience in the field.“Receiving the USC School of Social Work Agency of the Year Award is a true testament to our hard work and dedication to provide high quality and enriching experiences for graduate-level interns,” Ruelas said.In just three years since the program’s institution, LESD now hosts eight school site social workers and more than 10 community mental health agencies as part of their Student Support Services program.  Focusing on individual counseling, group counseling and parent workshops in the fields of health, attendance and behavior interventions, LESD social workers and social work interns have proved themselves to be invaluable to the students they serve. Besides their reception of awards like USC School of Social Work’s Agency of the Year award, LESD Intern Program’s success is also evident in areas like mental health. For example, the counseling, workshops and other preventative measures practiced in the program have reduced waitlists to mental health providers in the Lawndale community and have reduced behavioral issues inside and outside the classroom.Beginning with only eight interns in the 2013-2014 academic year, LESD currently hosts 56 interns from USC and other local universities like Loyola Marymount University, Cal State Long Beach, California State University, Dominguez Hills and California State University Fullerton, among others. These interns currently help service around 200 elementary school students and families in the district. These future social workers are helping to expand community access to mental health for children and giving back to the local community through their honorable service.“Although we have grown rather quickly, we have not compromised the quality of our program and this is what sets us apart,” Ruelas said. “We invest in our interns in hopes that they not only impact the Lawndale community but also the social work profession at large.”Recent USC master’s student alumna Sylvia Ukwu interned at LESD for two years and was thankful for the experience she received.“I gained experience in micro, mezzo, and macro levels, making me a confident social worker. It was a challenging internship placement but I came out learning so much about myself and the social work profession,” Ukwu said.Since the program’s inception, LESD has “been able to more effectively meet the social, emotional, behavioral and overall basic needs of students” by expanding access to group and individual counseling, helping to improve attendance rates and engaging parents in the education process, ensuring a better future for their young students, according to a press release issued by LESD.last_img read more

Brazil 2014: Sumaila fit to face Germany

first_imgGhana defender Rashid Sumaila has declared himself fit and available for selection to face Germany in Saturday’s crucial Group G match.The 21-year-old had a swollen toe and was forced off training on Wednesday but has now recovered fully Team doctor Baba Adamu had said the Mamelodi Sundowns player would be assessed to see if he can recover in time to offer head coach Kwesi Appiah options.But Sumaila has disclosed that he is ready to play.“I am feeling very ok with no pains. I didn’t think I could feel this way earlier in the week but things have really moved on very fast,” the centre-back said.“The game against the U.S was a hard pill to swallow but we have decided to move on from it and focus on the game against the Germans.”last_img read more

Arsenal-linked Bayern Munich star is STAYING with German giants, says agent

first_img1 The agent of Arsenal target Mehdi Benatia has rubbished claims that his client will leave Bayern Munich this summer.The defender has made just 13 league appearances for the German champions this season and it is rumoured he could be on his way out the door.Arsenal tried to buy the Moroccan in 2014, while Juventus and Roma have expressed an interest in signing the 29-year-old this summer.But Benatia’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, insists his client has not been holding any talks about leaving Bayern.“Could Benatia return to Italy?” Sissoko told LaRoma24. “I don’t think so.“There’s a meeting set for next week to talk to Bayern. There’s nothing with Roma, he’ll stay at Bayern.“Contact with Roma? It’s absolutely not true, there’s been nothing at all. Juventus? No, I haven’t talked to them.” Mehdi Benatia last_img read more

Good news for local traders as Sterling rises to new high against Euro

first_imgA COMEBACK by Sterling has seen the pound rise to its highest level against the Euro since September today.Early trading on the markets today saw the pound jump.A euro now buys just 84p – with £1 worth €1.18. Many market analysts believe the euro could drop back to 82p or 81p in the coming days.That makes shopping north of the border less attractive in the crucial run-up to Christmas for Donegal businesses.It’s also good news for workers employed in the North who have seen their real wages decline since the collapse of the pound following the Brexit vote.At one stage there were fears the two currencies could head towards parity. But most economic commentators were today saying sterling will get stronger in the short to medium term against the euro.That’s also good news for exporters. Good news for local traders as Sterling rises to new high against Euro was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaleuro sterlingexchange ratelast_img read more