HONORING SOCIAL WORKERS MONTH
The organizations and Gen Zs that exemplify the profession
National Social Work Month, observed throughout March, uplifts the social workers of our country and celebrates their constant contributions to our society, where members of the profession are helping people overcome personal crises like food insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or limited access to good health care. They also advocate on a systems level to ensure laws and policies are adopted so everyone can access such services. This year's theme is dedicated to Social Work Breaks Barriers - breaking through barriers that prevent access to compassionate mental health care and that keep people from living life to the fullest. Ahead, we take a look at the contributions of organizations and people helping to break through economic, psychological, and other barriers to provide better care in their community and beyond.
INFLUENCERS & EDUCATORS
With #socialworkstudent amassing over 36M views on TikTok, young professionals such as @keyacakes provide modern and insightful opinions on the everyday realities of being a school social worker by highlighting the common misconceptions of the career path through her role-play-based TikTok skits. Newly launched podcasts, such as Practically Social Work, feature three non-traditional social work students talking about school, experience in the field, and all things social work related. Their aim is to connect and support people while sharing relatable moments through casual and open conversation.
YSocialWork, is a nonprofit organization established to advance youth and young adults in careers in social work. YSocialWork, Inc. offers two flagship programs: an 8-week certification program for students interested in a career in social work and a year-long experiential classroom for social work and community college students.
BLACK GIRLS IN SOCIAL WORK
Black Girls in Social Work (BGSW) is a support and networking organization founded by Bodequia Simon, LMSW, for Black women pursuing and working within the field of Social Work. With its base being social media platforms, BGSW created a safe space for Black women within the field to network, support, and empower one another. BGSW is in the works of branching out beyond the digital world and making its mark within the field and vulnerable communities in need.