My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Groupworks for Education Inc, Brooklyn, NY, USA
I am pleased to write in support of the GroupWorks organization.
Since 1996, GroupWorks staff have provided professional development in group leadership and group counseling for the District #2 counselors that I supervised, as Director of Pupil Personnel Services. In 1996, still new at my role, Groupwork’s staff helped me create an unparalleled counselor training program that resonates and is a model to this day.
After September 11th, 2001, with so many of our schools in lower Manhattan impacted by the World Trade Center disaster, as Director of the 9/11 School Recovery Program, I turned to those I could trust to provide the comfort, support and expertise the school communities needed to heal. GroupWorks answered the call with the caring, skill and knowledge necessary to truly help.
Since November 2001, GroupWorks has been intensively working with school counselors, SAPIS (Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention Specialists), children and educational staff in Community School Districts 1, 2, 4 and 7. David Dumais, and his staff have specifically collaborated with school counselors in Districts 1 and 2, co-leading groups for at-risk students. Through this Co-Leadership Resiliency Coaching Model, they have provided direct service to at-risk students, as well as on-site training in group work for school staff, serving as resilience coaches. The Co-Leadership Project and the Counselors’ First Project have increased the resiliency of hundreds of children and adults in the lower Manhattan schools and expanded the capacity of counselors to work with students in groups.
Counselors who have participated in the Counselors’ First Project have honed their group leadership skills, and as resilience coaches have increased the number of students they serve through leading groups in their schools.
It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend GroupWorks which would be a benefit to any school as part of its initiatives
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
As Director of Pupil Personnel Services Groupworks has provided valuable assistance to the schools, under my jurisdiction, in large Manhattan school district.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
expand their capacity so their experience could be shared with many more schools.
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