We galvanize school communities by placing teams of licensed social workers in public schools throughout New York City to serve children, youth and families who have been impacted by the effects of poverty and oppressive structural barriers in their communities; such as housing discrimination, lack of quality mental health services, and concentrated numbers of incarcerated citizens. We take a systems approach to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline through social work practice that engages multiple stakeholders including school administrators, teachers, family members, and community organizations in true ally-ship. We directly address the under-served need of 1 in 5 NYC children and youth for quality mental health services, and we strive to mitigate the co-occurring stressors directly related to poverty.
Begun in 1993, our program shows proven gains in students' increased attendance rates, families' access to support and services inside and outside of the school, and improved teaching and learning of school staff. This year, we are the largest community-based organization serving NYC community schools—schools threatened with closure who the NYC Mayor and Schools Chancellor have chosen to be models of effective community-building and school transformation. Our interventions have shown demonstrable results in decreasing violence, increasing student and family engagement, and increased academic success in schools in some of the poorest census tracts in the nation.
Our unique approach brings skills and knowledge in the field of social work and social emotional learning which complements schools' expertise in classroom and academic learning; and as proven results in increasing self-awareness and self-management among children and youth so they can achieve academically.
We offer flexibility in services both at the school and student level (including individual and group counseling, case management services, home visits and family engagement services, professional development for school staff, teacher collaboration, and community resource connectivity) in order to maximize positive outcomes while maintaining efficiency and quality of services.
Barbara L. Cavallo, L.C.S.W. -R is the Director of Partnership with Children Institute, New York, NY. She also is the co-facilitator of NYC DOE advisory group on Social Emotional Learning.
Alex LaMond, LCSW is the Program Director of Partnership with Children where she supervises teams of social workers in public elementary, middle, and high schools throughout New York City implementing innovative programming with school-wide impact.
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