Master of Social Work Students Create a Closet

Create a Closet

Pictured from left: Dr. Mark McManus (MSWSA faculty Advisor and Visiting Assistant Professor for the 675 Program Evaluation course), Rachia Williams, Brittany Dixon (MSWA President), Blaire Gray-Harrison, and Jaizane Russell

The Master Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) and students from the 675 Program Evaluation class worked together on a project for the National Youth Advocate Program (NAYP).  NAYP offers therapeutic foster care to approximately 100 youth in the Akron area. MSW students, Blaire Gray- Harrison and Jaizane Russell, suggested the class collect clothing for the youth as a project through the MSWSA. They developed “Create a Closet” flyers to post on campus. Brittany Dixon, MSWSA President, was excited about the project. She organized and helped to facilitate the drive to add to many youth’s closets. Furthermore, the project was an opportunity to evaluate the community need and the effects the clothing would have on the youth ranging in age from infants to teenagers. Students collected 2 large boxes and 10 bags of clothing for the youth.