Our Social Work Students in Action!
WHAT ARE OUR SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS DOING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM?
Our students are all over campus and Columbus! Here are some of the ways our students put their social work values to work!
The LiFE Sports Program serves more than 800 at-risk Columbus youth ages 9-15 for four weeks each summer. Participants are taught vital life skills and social competence through sports. Social work students volunteer as referees, trainers, coaches, and counselors to help make this free program a success.
Hunger Doesn’t Take a Spring Break
Students at Ohio State’s College of Social Work volunteer for a project called “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Spring Break,” which provides free lunches to kids during spring break. The project is geared toward families who rely on free-and reduced-price school lunch programs and may not be able to budget for the additional expense of lunch while the kids are home.
Where Are Your SHOES?
Social work student Jesse Schroeder went without shoes one day in April to help promote the “One Day Without Shoes” event, sponsored by TOMS Shoe Company. In addition to securing more than 500 new shoes for children in Guatemala, he and his wife led a group of teens to Guatemala City to work on construction projects and house repairs.
Student Café Goes to Washington
Organizers of The Student Café: Conversations for Change Initiative received a special invitation from President Obama to be part of his How to Make Change series and 100 Youth Roundtables Initiative. The Student Café was selected from 350 youth roundtables across the United States. This student-run group continues to work with his administration. Its long term goal is to see social workers included in policy making decisions that will affect their clients.