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This January, I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than through recognition of National Mentoring Month!
National Mentoring Month celebrates “the power of supportive and meaningful mentor relationships” (from mentoring.org). This celebration aligns with the College of Social Work’s view of mentoring as an invaluable resource for empowering all members of our community and achieving our mission – to improve the human condition. Always, in all ways.
Two prime examples of mentorship in action in the college are the Foster Parent Mentor Program and the College of Social Work Alumni Association (SWAA) Alumni-Student Mentoring Program.
The Foster Parent Mentor Program, in cooperation with the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS), links newly approved foster and adoptive parents with a trained mentor as they adjust to their new roles and responsibilities. This relationship provides one-on-one, short-term, intensive coaching to facilitate emotional encouragement, skill reinforcement, and parenting strategies. Currently, we have 210 active matches in the program.
The SWAA Alumni-Student Mentoring Program matches current students with alumni to promote purposeful one-on-one relationships between members of these populations. Mentors (College of Social Work alumni) and mentees (current students) interact during the program to discuss a variety of topics and participate in activities intended to help the mentee work toward their social work academic and career goals. Currently, 63 mentor/mentee pairs are participating in the Spring 2024 program.
We hope that the College of Social Work’s focus on mentoring inspires you to consider adding this valuable and empowering tool into your year.
If you have a mentoring experience you’d like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is big! The Kentucky Association of Social Work Educators (KASWE) spring conference is an excellent place to practice with, learn from and connect to other social workers, students, and professionals in the field. Build your network and get hands-on experience with presentations!
Presentation proposals must be submitted by January 26!
Students who want to attend KASWE can do so for free, but must register!
All undergraduate and graduate students working with faculty on any type of scholarly endeavor within their discipline are encouraged to present their work as a poster presentation at the conference.
CoSW, in partnership with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFÉ), offers students a unique fellowship opportunity designed to integrate social, emotional, and behavioral health and well-being into the 4-H summer camp experience.
Fellows are tasked with educating and supporting camp counselors and staff on the signs of and strategies surrounding social, emotional, and behavioral health issues. The fellows are available to respond to incidents that may occur during camp, allowing counselors and staff to remain focused on providing the summer camp experience 4-H is known for. The fellows work with young people, their caregivers, and camp personnel to coordinate service prior to, during, and after camp experiences.
Ryley Butler Modaff, the inaugural fellow, has seen this program help youth and families in need already.
“I’ve worked with and helped young people who had mental health issues so they could continue with their camping experience,” said Butler Modaff, CoSW graduate student and inaugural 4-H Behavioral Health Fellow. “I think the program can really help youth positively view behavioral health.”
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