Cultivating the next generation in social work.
YSocialWork’s Youth Advisory Council is a group of high school and community college students across countries, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds working together toward the common purpose of engaging youth in activities that focus on:
• Early exposure to career paths in social work
• Access to mentors and internships in macro social work
• Opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and competencies in macro practice
Youth ages 14 and older who are interested in career paths in social work, are knowledge of social, racial, and environmental issues in human services affecting young people, and are passionate about educational and human service improvements in their local community and abroad.
• Gain community service hours throughout high school
• Exposure to a broad range of diverse social workers and faculty in clinical and macro practice
• Spearhead advocacy efforts to influence policy decisions affecting the social work profession locally, nationally and globally
• Cultivate personal and professional relationships with other youth who are interested in majoring in social work globally
• Strengthened writing, literacy, and mathematical skills by ongoing opportunities for critical thinking and analysis
The first inaugural council will launch Fall 2020.
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The primary responsibilities of YAC members are to develop and lead initiatives for youth to strengthen public awareness, advocacy, and organizing efforts in their local community and to raise awareness of the youth perspective on mental health-related issues with YSocialWork, Inc’s global network.
Additional initiatives can include, but are not limited to:
• Serving as a delegate local and abroad
• Hosting an international youth within the YSocialWork Global Youth Network
• Practicing public speaking at YSocialWork events and forums
• Recruiting youth as council members or in dual enrollment or service learning programs
• Contributing to monthly newsletters
• Attending monthly networking session with special guests
• Testifying before a legislative committee
• Building connections with other leading social workers in the field
• Participating social innovation projects
• Promoting YAC on social media and on campus
Dorian first joined YSocialWork in 2016 in preparation for the presidential election that same year. At the age of 11, he worked alongside 7 MSW students, including his mother, and spearheaded UMB’s first bipartisan presidential debate in partnership with the Young Democrats of Maryland, the Maryland Federation of Young Republicans, the Green Party of Maryland, and the University of Maryland Baltimore Student Leadership Development Program.
For this project, Dorian conceived the idea of interviewing current young leaders of political parties in Maryland to educate youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
Topics included , but not limited to, the importance of voting and how to be an informed youth on issues impacting young people in Baltimore City.
Dorian is currently a high school freshman and wants to continue to apply the leadership and public speaking skills he learned four years ago. As a member of the Youth Advisory Council, he is excited to meet other high school students across the state and country to advance social, racial, and environmental change in human services.
“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself.”Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist