Mission: Partnership with children provides social-emotional supports and clinical counseling for children and families and strategic support services for their schools, working in all five boroughs of new york city.
Programs: Comprehensive school-based programming:this past year, our school-based program brought masters-level social workers into 51 of the most underserved public schools in new york city to provide counseling and classroom interventions for 17,000 students at the highest risk of academic failure and drop-out. Our msws are based full-time in the school and are integrated into the school community. They work with students, families, teachers, school support staff, and the surrounding communities to ensure that students arrive to school each day ready to learn - and that schools are safe, supportive, and conducive to learning. Working with the school leadership, we identify the highest-need students, those with behavioral, academic, attendance, and/or personal issues that affect their ability to succeed in school. Our programs include individual counseling, group counseling, classroom interventions, case management services, and home visits-all grounded in the principles of social-emotional learning (sel). Our programs increase student attendance, on-task behavior, and achievement levels, improve teachers' classroom management skills, increase teachers' time spent on instruction, reduce school violence and suspensions, engage parents and families in their children's education and increase their trust in our city's schools, and allow principals to spend less time on discipline and more time on academic instruction, ultimately changing the culture of the school. There is a significant component of professional development so our services can be turn-keyed to the school.
crisis/trauma counseling and resilience training:most of the students we work with are growing up in poverty and the related chronic crisis and trauma. Thus, partnership with children has developed significant expertise and resources for crisis-counseling and resilience-building. After superstorm sandy, the doe and the dohmh called upon partnership with children to adapt fema's project hope for effective use in the hardest-hit schools. We sent counselors into ten schools full-time to partner with the school leadership and staff, and pioneered the use of community counselors in schools. Our program gave us the chance to collaborate with other cbos and we became a model for this type of work. The doe, dohmh, and samsha subsequently requested that we develop training materials for school personnel for widespread use. All of this work gave rise to our winning a new york state social services block grant to work in 22 schools to provide trauma-informed counseling, crisis planning, parent engagement, resilience training, and capacity development for staff.
professional development:because of partnership with children's expertise in trauma-informed counseling and systemic change in schools, we have been asked to create professional development programs. The doe, the dohmh, and several principals and superintendents have asked us to create training curricula for school staff around social-emotional learning, building systems in schools, engaging parents, and crisis-planning. We have developed expertise in delivering training programs as well.