Dear Friends and Family,
Our cohort at the Columbia University School of Social Work is about to wrap up our second semester of graduate school. We are half way through this process to become better advocates for individuals and communities. In light of this, our Advocacy Class group (comprised of Yue, Rachel, Therese, and Alice) has chosen to raise money for the cause at the forefront of our minds and work at this juncture: the well-being and success of children and students.
We've had many conversations over the course of the year about privilege. It is a privilege to be supported and to have individuals and communities who believe we will succeed. These supports give us a sense of belonging. Time and time again we've seen that students struggle in school not they aren't smart enough, or because they aren't trying hard enough, but because they don't have the support necessary to set them up for success. When trauma, oppression, socio-economic barriers, and issues that disproportionately affect marginalized communities come into play, a lack of support in schools becomes toxic.
We are so excited to announce this project and to partner with Partnership with Children to support our fellow students in the New York Area. The mission, "to strengthen the emotional, social, and cognitive skills of vulnerable children in New York City to help them succeed in school, society, and life," is one we believe has the power to transform our community and our world.
Dollars raised here will help Partnership with Children's place empowered social workers in schools that need them the most, providing students with counseling, group work, classroom programming, trauma informed support, crisis intervention, and resources across five boroughs. Please join us in supporting this cause and thank you so much for listening! Every dollar counts.
Alice, Therese, Rachel, and Yue
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