14th Annual Clean Communities Award Dinner Ceremony
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School Social Workers serve a critical role in our educational system – tackling the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students that become barriers to learning. Their services improve academic and behavioral outcomes, promote a positive school climate, and provide effective and vital student support services by maximizing school-based and community resources.
School social workers are an integral link between school, home, and community in helping students achieve academic success. They work directly with school administrators as well as students and families; providing leadership in forming school discipline policies, mental health intervention, crisis management, and support services. As part of an interdisciplinary team to help students succeed, social workers also facilitate community involvement in the schools while advocating for student success. (National Association of Social Workers)
Through counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention programs, School Social Workers help students overcome the difficulties in their lives; giving them a better chance to succeed in school. Services provided promote the development of the school environment that supports a sense of belonging and connectedness, the development of positive relationships, enhanced self-esteem, and empowerment. They work to alleviate barriers to learning created as a result of poverty, health care, and environmental concerns. School Social Workers work with teachers, administrators, parents, and other educators to provide interventions and consultation designated to keep students in school and help families access the supports needed to promote student success.