After college and working several years in the “real world” -- I finally landed on macro-focused social work. The recurring social injustice I witnessed on a daily basis frustrated me. I wanted to “fix” the system that wasn’t functioning at its full potential.
Once I decided to pursue Social Work, everything started to fall into place. I started working toward my MSW at Catholic University with a concentration in social change. Every class I took reinforced my decision to focus on societal level change.
A Washington Post article published earlier this week argues that “it’s hard to build cities for kids.” Given the economic argument that families with children cost the city money while “young, educated, ambitious” adults bring in revenue, the author posed an interesting question—do children need to live in Washington, DC?
Thousands of children each year receive services from the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). When child abuse or neglect is reported, CFSA investigates, works with the family and if necessary, places children with a relative or foster family. Children who have been abused or neglected, or removed from their homes, often require an intensive level of family support, health and emotional support.
Over the weekend, I was privileged to be part of the #datajam co-hosted by the US Department of Education and Georgetown University. As a huge advocate of #opendata and all things data (as some of you might guess), I couldn’t help but get super excited when Richard Culatta kicked off the day by sharing a story of his mother and transportation.
Yesterday Mayor Vincent Gray announced the results of the 2014 DC Comprehensive Assessment System test (DC-CAS). The city’s education leaders celebrated sustained citywide gains in student proficiency, making this year’s performance the best since DC-CAS testing began in 2006.
In February, President Obama announced the My Brother’s Keeper, an initative that combines the efforts of the government, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to work to close the achievement gap for boys and men of color.