The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast
By Silas , Your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate"
The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work PodcastJul 16, 2020
LI News Radio 103.9 FM_Radio Jobline Host Scott Passeser W/Silas kelly
Many thanks to Mr. Scott Passeser, Producer & Host of “Radio Jobline”. The Show airs every Saturday from 2 to 3 PM on LI News 103.9, FM. Scott continually offers his platform to the Social Work profession!!! He is keenly aware of the vital role Social Workers play in society and never hesitates to help spread the word!!! I also appreciate him having me back on the show for a fourth time!!
The main topics of this interview that Scott and I discuss center around Social Work salaries, Social Worker satisfaction in the profession, and why it’s important to improve both. We also talk about the dire need for well-trained, well-paid, motivated Social Workers.
Earlier this year The NY State Chapter of NASW released a study on the current state of the Social Work profession here in NY. The report was authored by Ms. Olivia Knox, NASW-NYS Chapter Policy Coordinator. Some of her report’s information is alluded to in this interview.
Also, the National Association of Social Workers had an independent agency (IPSOS) conduct a public opinion satisfaction survey. The results pointed to the fact that the general public has an overall favorable view of the profession. It also pointed out that many in the general public do not know all the roles Social Workers play. Some of that.
Make sure to listen to this engaging and informative interview in it’s entirety!!
GOTV!!! - Get Out The Vote: 2023!!!
Kelsunn Communications reminds everyone to make sure you vote on November 7, 2023!!! This P.S.A. contains reminders from 3 Voting Rights Legions who have passed on. They highlight the importance of voting! Remember, V.ictory O.ften T.akes E.veryone!!
Sunshine Center's 1st Annual Fall Festival
Dr. Carol Carter and her Staff, and community volunteers at the Sunshine Center in Port Jefferson Station, NY Held their 1st Annual "Fall Family Festival" on Saturday, October 14, 2023. Kelsunn Communications was on location for the occasion with the "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast to produce the following "Vox Populi" (Latin for "Voice of the People). Attendees stepped up to the mic to pay tribute to the wonderful efforts of the center by answering the question, "Why is the Sunshine Center Special to You?" We now share some of the powerful and heart-warming responses from community members, volunteers, parents, students of the center, elected officials, and employees!!
Social Work + E-Journalism = 1st Place for "Solutions Journalism"
Here at Kelsunn Communications (www.kelsunn.org), we are extremely proud to upload this celebratory re-launch of this podcast interview. We are acknowledging that Nationally-Known Educator and Child & Family Welfare Expert, Dr. Katharine Briar-Lawson, MSW, Dean Emeritus & Professor at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare received her 1st Place Award on August 30, 2023. She was a prominent guest on our podcast and her insights and wisdom was the catalyst for the segment to earn a 1st Place award in the “Video – Solutions Journalism” category.
In this celebratory relaunch I share the compelling story of how I first learned about Dr. Briar-Lawson, how we initially met, and how our paths crossed again 7 years after that. That phenomenal story precedes the actually podcast interview which was originally uploaded and released in 2022. This is an absolutely amazing story! Listen and watch as I detail what a powerful connection that encounter turned out to be. We invite you all to view and listen to this podcast in its entirety.
This winning selection was chosen from out-of-state- judges from #SocietyofProfessionalJournalist - (#spj) chapters in San Diego, CA & Louisville, KY. So, the judging is totally objective. According to Press Club of Long Island (#PCLI) President, Mr. Brendan O’Reilly, one of the out-of-state judge's had this to say:
“This social work podcast is meaningful & the conversations are important. Keep up the good work”!
Relaunch - Trailer_Dr. Briar-Lawson Interview_1st Place
Kelsunn Communications (www.kelsunn.org) is honored to present this Trailer which introduces the re-launch of this award-winning podcast interview featuring Dr. Katharine Briar-Lawson, MSW: Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Albany State University School of Social Welfare in NY (https://www.albany.edu/ssw/programs/bs-social-welfare). This relaunch is to celebrate Dr. Briar-Lawson receiving her award. Make sure to tune in on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 5am to hear the full episode. Thank you.
Ms. Dolores Cinquemani – Author: “A Familiar Stranger”
Ms. Dolores Cinquemani is the author of the widely acclaimed book “A Familiar Stranger”. She describes this as “a book dedicated to those searching for the truth surrounding their birth. Ms. Cinquemani talks about her motivation for writing the book. In the book she describes the heartache of searching for the truth, of searching for her mother. In the interview she talks about growing up in foster care but always knowing that she had a bit mother, out there somewhere.
Ms. Cinquemani previously published 3 books of poetry:
** Unlaced (2013), ** Timepiece (2015), ** The Inner Eye (2019)
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stony Brook University, and a Masters of Science from Adelphi University. She is a retired special education teacher from Lindenhurst School District, and currently lives on Long Island.
Ms. D. Cinquemani_Author - "A Familiar Stranger"_Trailer
Ms. Dolores Cinquemani is the author of the widely acclaimed book “A Familiar Stranger”. She describes this as “a book dedicated to those searching for the truth surrounding their birth. Ms. Cinquemani holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stony Brook University, and a Master’s of Science from Adelphi University.
Sarah Delannoy, MSW - UN Youth Representative
The “Kelsunn-on-the-Air” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC55g-wYQ_XYPorZQurh-dEw) Social Work Podcast invites you to listen and watch this intriguing interview with recent Adelphi University “School of Social Work” graduate, Ms. Sarah Delannoy, MSW. Ms. Delannoy is currently serving as a “United Nations (https://www.un.org/en/) Youth Representative”.
According to an Adelphi (https://www.adelphi.edu/news/adelphis-un-youth-representative-social-work-graduate-student-and-citizen-of-the-world/) press release, “Sarah Delannoy has taken her concerns to the global stage as she works with other youth representatives from around the world to address issues of importance to the upcoming generation”.
Sarah has been selected to represent the Adelphi University as a United Nations youth delegate. She has joined over 550 young people from 100 countries across the globe who are benefiting from the program. Participation in this program gives the Youth Delegates a voice on the thematic issues of concern to today’s youth.
As you will hear and see during the podcast, Ms. Delannoy has significant experience working with youth and assisting them in pursuing and achieving their goals. Sarah also talks about how her Christian faith plays a big role in how she approaches her tasks of helping others. She talks about how she has found many similarities between Social Work and Faith-Based principles of uplifting others.
Delannoy states, “I’m really passionate about youth engagement and working with adolescents”. She says she believes the primary issue that needs to be addressed around the globe among youth is mental health.
Sarah says “The pandemic was hard on young people all around the world”. She hopes her UN experience will help her address the barriers to mental health care from a global perspective, according to the Adelphi article she was quoted in.
According to Delannoy, “there are different stigmas against mental health care in cultures around the world, and we need to figure what the barriers are and how to address them.”
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Ms. Sarah Delannoy, MSW & U.N. Youth Ambassador - Trailer
Here's the trailer highlighting the podcast introducing Ms. Sarah Delannoy, MSW. She is a Social Worker who is making an impact both locally and Internationally!!! She has been dubbed a "Citizen of the World"!!
Sarah Delannoy is a Site Manager of a national early education organization called “Jumpstart”. She hosts the Jumpstart program at Pace University where she supervises and coaches’ college students. She prepares students to implement a language and literacy program at head start preschools in lower Manhattan. She is a May 2023 Graduate of the Adelphi University School of Social Work where she obtained her Master’s in Social Work.
Make sure to tune in on Thursday, July 27th @ 5AM wherever you get your podcast!! The video versions of this podcast will be available on our YouTube & Spotify Channels as well.
Re-Launch of "Raise The Wage" For Social Workers, Honoring the late Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, LCSW
This Podcast Interview with the Late Dr. Mildred C. Joyner, LCSW affectionately known as "Mit" was originally released on December 23, 2021. At the time Dr. Joyner was President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She finished her 3-Year Term on June 30, 2023, literally 9 Days before her untimely passing.
Kelsunn Communications, featuring the "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast was fortunate to be graced with Dr. Joyner's presence, insight, and wisdom to launch this critically important series called "Raise-the-Wage" - The Case for More Equitable Pay for Social Workers and other Human Service Professionals. During this interview Dr. Joyner made the case eloquently about the need for Social Workers to get paid more equitably. She also stated that individuals can get paid very well with a Social Work degree, and when they do they need to let it be known that they are Social Workers.
We invite you all to listen to this podcast interview in its entirety as it serves as a lasting tribute to the "Power & Passion" of Dr. "Mit" Joyner and Her Love of Humanity and Social Work. "We Honor Her Memory - We Continue Her Legacy".
Ms. Amanda Fludd, LCSW-R with her "31 in 31" Podcast Series
We invite you to view and listen to this Special Episode Interview Conducted by Ms. Amanda Fludd, LCSW-R. Ms Fludd is an entrepreneurial Social Worker that celebrated Social Work Month 2023 by producing a marathon series, interviewing “31 Social Workers, In 31 Days”. I was honored to be one of the “31” featured in the series. Look, Listen & Enjoy!!!
Real Talk - A Discussion About Social Work Salaries
Kelsunn Communications, Inc (www.kelsunn.org) invites you to this indepth and informative interview about the inequities in Social Work Salaries. Here is a little of what our three distinguished guests will be sharing:
Olivia Knox, MSW: NASW-NYS Chapter Policy Coordinator (naswnys.org)
She is one of the co-authors of a detailed research project on Social Worker Salaries. She says, “A new report shows social workers are not being paid equal to similar professions. The report, from the National Association of Social Workers New York State Chapter finds 34% of social workers surveyed are at the same salary they were when they started their job. Knox adds that, “many feel that “Stagnant Wages” are why social workers are leaving the field.
Adrienne LoPresti, LCSW-R: Executive Director of YES Community Counseling Center (www.yesccc.org)
She shares some other interesting insights on this topic. She shares that one of the reasons “why the inequity in salaries exists is because Social Work is seen as being a mostly “female-dominated” profession. She shares her thoughts on what is needed for reform within the various systems of influence such as the government sectors, NYS Dept. of Education, Medicaid, and Private Insurances.
Randi DiAntonio, LMSW: Vice President of the NYS Public Employees Federation (PEF) (pef.org)
She talks about a major research project her organization did. She shares the data showing the impact that inequitable salaries are having on the public Social Work profession. She states that “More than 70% of survey respondents indicated their work location has at least one vacancy for a social worker. As a result, social workers who choose to stay on the job are working harder than ever.
2023 NSABSW Honors Black History Month & Black Social Work Pioneers
The Nassau - Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (NSABSW) invites you to this re-broadcast of our February 28, 2023 Black History Month "FB Live" Celebration. This special edition also segued into Social Work Month 2023 - highlighting some of the Black Pioneers of Social Work. This presentation will educate audiences to the origination of the National Association of Black Social Workers, and how this organization was born out of "Protest" when the main stream Social Work organization in this country would not let Black Social Workers speak to the needs of the Black Community at the time. Look, Listen, Learn and be educated as Black Social Work Pioneers are Celebrated!!!
Kelsunn Communications Presents This "Social Work Month 2023" Production
Kelsunn Communications, Inc. Invites you to enjoy this tribute to the Profession of Social Work and a salute to all the professional social workers in the country. Thank you for all that you do. Happy Social Work Month!!!! https://youtu.be/iY-wbrvhKHU
This year’s Social Work Month theme is “Social Work Breaks Barriers,” to highlight how social workers have enriched our society by empowering people and communities to overcome hurdles that prevent them from living life to the fullest.
The annual Social Work Month campaign in March is a time to inform public, policymakers, and legislators about how social workers have always broken barriers when it comes to the services they provide in an array of sectors, including hospitals and mental health centers, federal, state, and local government, schools, community centers, and social service agencies.
People become social workers because they have a strong desire to help others and make society a better place. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 700,000 professional social workers are hard at work nationwide, but that number is expected to rise to almost 800,000 by 2030, BLS said.
Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton: The Ditchdigger's Daughters - Black History Month 1997 - Re-Air
The Ditchdigger’s Daughters is the story of Donald Thornton, a laborer, and his wife Tass, a domestic, who managed to shepherd their six daughters into careers of professional status. Consider the results of their efforts: Two physicians, an attorney, a court stenographer, a dentist and a registered nurse.
Written by middle daughter Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., The Ditchdigger’s Daughters is far more than a goody goody story. Although music, self sacrifice and upward mobility all figure prominently in this memoir it also merits readers’ attention for its effective recreation of the characters, its important messages, its genuineness, its overall excellence, and its inspiration.
The book contains plot turns that everyone can identify with. Parts of the story even read like a thriller. When the two oldest daughters’ defect from the family because of Donald’s stringency, they start a chain of reactions that threaten the viability of this heretofore loving and stable unit. Donald becomes verbally and emotionally abusive to Tass. As a result Tass experiences a depression that necessitates clinical treatment. The remaining daughters were filled with fear and confusion at these events. The Thornton family found themselves facing a crisis of epic proportions: would this black family survive? The answer is not as neatly packaged as a sitcom, and reflects the messy fits and starts of real people living real lives.
Yvonne was the first to fulfil her father’s dream of becoming a physician. Her recounting of her climb to become a respected and successful Obstetrician-Gynecologist is an endearing portrait of a physician as a young woman. As a black female doctor she suffered many rude comments and one remark, made by a white male colleague who said, "I assume you know what you’re doing", was particularly distressing. "I arrived back home crying and raging’. If I’d been a man, he wouldn’t have talked to me like that. If I’d been white, he wouldn’t have questioned my ability to do what was right."
Since the book’s publication in 1995 it has received much acclaim as a Literary Guild Selection and a Pulitzer Prize nominated book. A for television movie was made with Carl Lumbly portraying Donald Thornton.
Listen carefully to this ditchdigger’s daughter. Dr. Yvonne S.Thornton is a woman who has walked this walk and knows of which she speaks.
"New Me, New You - New Year" W/Linda K. Edwards
To all my listeners, as you all know by now, this podcast is known for among other things "highlighting and uplifting" the Social Work Profession and those who reach out to help others. These are some of the core values of the Social Work Profession. Also, as Social Workers we are known for having connections to resources that can benefit those we serve. So, today’s discussion is intended to do just that.
We are talking with our esteemed guest, Ms. Linda K. Edwards, a well-known community volunteer and entrepreneur from the NY Tri-State area. She is the founder of New Me, New You, Inc. & Father Time, Inc., two highly regarded non-profit organizations there. Ms. Edwards is affiliated with “NAMI” National Alliance on Mental Illness and SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She also donates her time and resources to volunteer with the Nassau County Department of Social Services Foster care/Adoption Unit.
This past year Ms. Edwards was nominated for the 2022 Who’s Who Publishing Registry which recognizes Executives and Professionals for their accomplishments and contributions to the Global marketplace.
New Me, New You W- Ms. Linda K. Edwards _Trailer
Ms. Linda K. Edwards, is Executive Director & Founder of New Me, New You Inc, & Father-Time Inc, Both Non-Profit Organizations!! She is a Community Volunteer and an Entrepreneur. Ms. Edwards says she has a passion for reaching out and helping others. That is the sole mission of her volunteer and business activities!!!
Film Producer - Greg Williams Discussing His Latest Film
Greg Williams is the award-winning filmmaker of feature length documentaries, The Anonymous People (2014 PRISM Award for Outstanding Documentary) and Generation Found. In 2015, he produced the historic Unite To Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered to end the silence surrounding addiction. This was the first time major musicians, politicians, actors, athletes, models, journalists, authors, and advocates joined together in unison, to solve the most urgent health crisis of our time. The event was memorialized in a PBS special, The Concert To Face Addiction, that Greg produced. He also produced the launch event and companion TV special for the release of the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, Listen: Facing Addiction In America when Viacom aired the special simultaneously on 11 of its cable networks, which was seen by millions.
Greg is a health policy consultant and communications specialist, providing strategic oversight and direction to numerous initiatives. Most notably, Greg manages the Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform, a national collaboration aimed at improving outcomes for patients, payers, and health systems, and served as a managing editor of the Addiction Recovery Medical Home Alternative Payment Model.
Greg has over a decade of experience working with non-profits and government agencies on addiction. As person in long-term recovery from addiction himself, Greg’s work has been dedicated towards creating positive changes in access to quality health care and recovery supports for the over 40 million Americans with a substance use disorder.
Greg is the award-winning filmmaker and producer of three feature length documentaries: The Anonymous People, Generation Found, and Tipping The Pain Scale. In 2015, he executive produced the historic UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people including from around the world gathered alongside major musicians to end the silence surrounding addiction. He also produced the 2016 launch event of the first-ever Surgeon’s General Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health: Facing Addiction in America as well as the 2021 Recover Out Loud concert event in partnership with Google, iHeart Radio, and Variety. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC World News, LA Times, and countless other news outlets. He also serves as a member of the United States of Care’s Voices of Real Life advisory group.
Greg received his master’s degree in addiction public policy and media production from New York University.
Greg Williams, Film Producer - Tipping the Pain Scale, Trailer
Greg Williams is the award-winning filmmaker and producer of three feature length documentaries: The Anonymous People, Generation Found, and Tipping The Pain Scale. In 2015, he executive produced the historic UNITE to Face Addiction Rally on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people including from around the world gathered alongside major musicians to end the silence surrounding addiction.
Ms. Haley Ingersoll, MSW - Mental Health & Wellness Advocate
The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work podcast invites you to this insightful interview with Ms. Haley Ingersoll, MSW. Here's some information about this dynamic Social Worker. Her expertise primarily lies in mental health advocacy, health care quality improvement efforts, and also program and project administration and management.
She was a 2020 – 2021 Network of Social Work Management Policy Fellow. Her presentation was entitled “The Healthcare System: Curing What Ails”. She is passionate about wellness, advocacy, and communication, blending her background in social work and communications to effectively share resources and support organizational outreach.
Ms. Ingersoll has cultivated copywriting, advocacy, project management, and relationship-building skills, positioning herself as an asset in a variety of sectors and levels of an organization. She sees herself as an adaptable, life-long learner and is continually seeking ways to be a change agent. True to her social work values, Haley strives to bring a person-centered, equity-focused orientation everywhere she goes. Ms. Ingersoll values and prioritizes work with organizations that empower and exact change with their stakeholders. She thrives in cross-collaborative settings, and believes that with creativity, strategic partnerships, and thoughtful implementation, we are capable of bridging disparities in pursuit of a more equitable society.
Mental Health Advocate Haley Ingersoll, MSW - Trailer
Listen to this trailer featuring Mental Health Advocate, Ms. Haley Ingersoll. You'll hear a clip of her thoughts about Mental Health & Wellness. You'll also hear about how and when you can hear this informative and wide-range interview in it's entirety!!!
Vote, Vote, Vote !!!!!
GOTV Means - Get Out The #Vote!!!
Here's an urgent message from 3 Voting Rights Champions who have since passed away. However, their words ring truer today than ever!!! Please heed the words of the Late Supreme Court Justice @RuthBaderGinsberg, The Late Congressman @JohnLewis, and the Late Congressman @ElijahCummings. They remind use that everyone who is able to MUST go out and exercise their FRANCHISE!!!! Countless others gave their lives for all of us to have this right. And make no mistake about it, it is our legal right to be able to vote, it is not a privilege to be either bestowed or denied on the whim of others!!! So in closing on November 8, 2022 --- VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!
Z 100's Skeery Jones Says Vote for Silas
Skeery Jones, Executive Producer of the "Elvis Duran in the Morning" show on NY Radio Station, Z-100 is asking for your vote!!!
He say's follow these steps to help vote Silas, Your E-Journalism Social Work Advocate to victory in the Annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union "Best of Long Island" Competition:
Steps to Vote:
Step #1: Click this Link: https://www.bestoflongisland.com/voting/#/gallery?group=436121, This will take you to the “Arts & Entertainment” Category
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Step #3: Scroll down to Locate the “Kelsunn-on-the-Air” Social Work Podcast, Click on that Name, Cast your “Vote”!!
Voting opened Saturday, October 1, 2022 and is ongoing until December 15, 2022. You can vote once per day, everyday until the close out date of 12/15/22.
Skeery Says, Let's vote make sure Silas is the winner!!!
Thank you all!!!
"Tipping The Pain Scale" - A Podcast Promoting This Film Screening
Kelsunn Communications, Inc (www.kelsunn.org) is proud to bring you this podcast which features a discussion about a ground-breaking film on addiction & treatment. The film is called “Tipping the Pain Scale” - The film’s slogan is “Addiction isn’t a choice, Compassion is!! The discussion features three champions of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery methods, Mr. Steven Chassman, CEO of LICADD (www.licadd.org), Dr. Carol Carter, Founder of Sunshine Prevention Center (https://www.sunshinepreventionctr.org/), and Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, all of Long Island, NY.
It has been released to celebrate September as "National Recovery Month". We were also graced with an opportunity to interview the film producer, the Award-Winning”, Mr. Greg Williams. The film will air locally on October 6, 2022 at 7pm in Port Jefferson, NY at Theatre Three, 412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY. We are encouraging everyone who hears this podcast anywhere in the NY-Tristate arear, to attend the film screening. There is no charge to attend. After the film, there will be a panel discussion also. In addition to that, there will be information on how other organizations and agencies can have a screening as well. Make sure to be there!!!
Juneteenth 2022 Celebration Co-Sponsored by MLK Center, Long Beach, NY & NSABSW
Kelsunn Communications is proud to bring you this re-cap of this Juneteenth 2022 Celebration put on jointly by the Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (NSABSW) & The MLK Community Center of Long Beach, NY. This celebration was held at the center on Saturday, June 18, 2022. This podcast focused on community youth. We produced this in the form of a Vox Populi (More widely known as a "Vox Pop" - Meaning "Voice of the People""). We posed the question of "How Do You Boost Your Self-Esteem"? Through this podcast we share their responses.
Nassau County, NY Legislator Carrie Solages - "A Friend of Social Work"
Kelsunn Communications (www.kelsunn.org), is honored to bring you this interview featuring the "The Honorable Carrie Solages" Legislator of the 3rd District of Nassau County, NY
The Honorable Carrie Solages is the second of four children born to Philippe and Micheline Solages, an immigrant couple who came to New York from Haiti in search of political and economic stability, risking their lives to create a better life for their family.
Legislator Solages graduated with academic honors at the top of his class from Carey High School in Franklin Square. He then attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from 1997 to 2001.
He recalls his greatest accomplishment during his time at Georgetown coming only two days shy of his graduation in 2001. After almost four years of organizing and appealing to the administration, Carrie learned that his efforts to receive funding from alumni were finally a success and the University thereby cultivated an interdisciplinary program in African American Studies.
Legislator Solages went on to attend Boston College Law School. While there he focused on Constitutional law, Civil Rights Law and First Amendment law. Selected by Harvard Law School and Boston College for a joint program in legal historical studies, Carrie produced research cataloged by both institutions. Simultaneously, the ambitious law student worked as a legal intern at Catholic Charities of Boston.
Carrie returned to New York after law school and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. In 2006, Carrie began working with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and currently serves as Vice President of the organization.
That year he also joined the family law firm of Solages & Solages, P.C. In 2007, Carrie was appointed to serve as Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights of Nassau County by County Executive Tom Suozzi.
The Honorable Legislator Carrie Solages - Trailer
The Honorable Legislator Carrie Solages joins the program to talk about a range of issues that are important to him as a Public Servant. He also strongly promotes Social Workers and all the good they do in communities everywhere. Legislator Solages speaks of his admiration for Social Workers and the impact they have on the lives of those they serve. What makes it more amazing is the first-hand accounts he gives of his personal experiences working with Social Worker.
My Most Impactful Social Worker, The Late Mr. Dalton Murchison!!!
To Everyone: This interview is a tribute to a professional Social Worker who had a profound impact on my life. His name is Mr. Dalton Murchison. Last year I was fortunate to re-connect with him after many, many years. I had many Social Workers through the years. But he had the greatest impact on me. Mr. Dalton Murchison. Always went above and beyond while serving as my Social Worker.
After reconnecting with him I, I was fortunate enough to interview back in May of last year. I featured him in Social Work Fellowship project I worked on from November 2020 to June 2021. The final project premiered on June 18, 2021. For the project I interviewed 6 professional Social Workers. Mr. Murchison’s interview was the capstone of the project. I featured him as a Social Worker who made a huge difference in my life. I also highlighted him during the NASW-NYS Long Island Regional Awards Ceremony that evening.
Many in his family witnessed how I highlighted and detailed what Mr. Murchison did for me and the impact he had on my life at a young age. Sadly, on July 18, 2021 one month to the day that I featured him Mr. Murchison passed away. The documentary and the awards ceremony were aired all over the country and globally. I am so glad I got to publicly acknowledge and thank Mr. Murchison before he passed. Please make sure to listen, comment, download, and share this story that has so much meaning to me. Thank you.
Trailer - "My Most Impactful Social Worker"
Prepare for the upcoming story saluting an impactful Social Worker in my life. I was fortunate enough to re-connect with him after many years. Throughout my pursuit of my Social Work degree I always made it a habit to single him out for what he meant to me. I was able to do it several times after we re-connected. The upcoming podcast will share that story.
Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW, Recites "A Love Letter to Social Workers"
Dr. Melanie Sage, LCSW, Is the Author of the Powerful and Widely Read Essay, “Love Letter To Social Workers” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/love-letter-social-workers-front-lines-covid-19-sage-licsw-phd/.
She penned this at the height of the Covid 19 Pandemic!! It was published on April 9, 2020. She sent our studios at Kelsunn Communications an audio recording of her essay. We produced this mixdown version of the essay, laying her vocals over one of our music tracks and featured it in our interview with her during our Covid-19 Special Series. (https://anchor.fm/kelsunn-on-the-air/episodes/CV-19-Seg--4---Dr--Melanie-Sage--LCSW-eg963p) It is certainly worth re-visiting as she transitions from Social Work Academia into "Social Work Technorati ".
Thank you Dr. Sage for this timeless contribution and salute to our profession!!
"Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Juneteenth 2021 Podcast Wins Award of Distinction
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Excellence and Distinction award recipients named.
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Kelsunn Communications (www.kelsunn.org) is proud to re-share this award-winning production with everyone once again to celebrate this great achievement in honor of Juneteenth!!! Please listen, like, share, download, and comment. Also all and any donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated!!
Re-Cap: 4-30-22_Black-Mens-Mental-Health Conference Vox-Pop ("Voice-of-the-People")
Here's a brief re-cap of the widely attended and the hugely successful inaugural "Black Men's Mental Health & Wellness" Conference called "Breaking The Ice", held two weeks ago at Adelphi University. This re-cap is in the form of a production style called a "Vox Populi" or "Vox Pop" for short. It's Latin and it means, "Voice of the People"!! There were attendees from as close as Garden City and Central Islip and as far away as North Carolina and Bermuda!! Congratulations to organizers, Ms. Shanica Pickens, MSW & Assistant Dean of The Adelphi School of Social Work and Mr. Arron Muller, LCSW & CEO and Therapist at Life Matters Psychological Services.!!! Here's what some of the attendees had to say.
Black Men's Mental Health & Wellness Conference Promo Podcast
The Adelphi University School of Social Work will present “BreaKING the Ice: Black Men’s Mental Health and Wellness Conference,” a conference highlighting the importance of mental health and wellness among Black men, on Saturday, April 30, 9a – 4p on the on the Garden City Campus. The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Make sure to register soon as seats are filling up fast. The last day to register is April 15, 2022. Here is the link:
The conference will examine mental health from a holistic standpoint by exploring the multiple issues affecting health and how various institutions interact and reinforce one another.
“In these times of uncertainty, the pandemic coupled with the number of suicide cases amongst Black men, attention must be paid right now to discuss and normalize Black men’s mental health and wellness,” said Schanica Pickens, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Masters of Social Work program.
In collaboration with Arron Muller, MSW ’12, CEO of Modify Wellness Inc., and the Adelphi University School of Social Work, “BreaKING the Ice” will feature keynote speaker Damyn Kelly ’83, PhD ’20, JD, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of New York, a nonprofit organization that focuses on early childhood education, foster care, immigrant services, supportive housing, immigration legal services and a school for special needs children. Dr. Kelly is one of the foremost social work leaders in New York and is one of the rare Black executives heading a large social service organization. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and lecturer on issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion with a special emphasis on the lack of executives of color in the nonprofit sector. He also emphasizes the lack of Black males in leadership positions.
Moderating the conference is Alain Berrouet, director of intergovernmental affairs for the New York City Department of Education. The conference will include a distinguished panel of community leaders, alumni and therapists. Panelists will share their stories, experiences, coping skills and resources for achieving mental wellness.
"Raise-The-Wage" For Social Workers_Eps. #5 - Dr. Lois Stein: DSW, LMSW
Kelsunn Communications brings you this 5th Episode of a 6-Part Series feat. Dr. Lois Stein, DSW. Dr. Stein received her BS degree in Community Service Education from Cornell University and her MSW and DSW in Social Welfare from Adelphi University. Her social work career began as a medical social worker and expanded over 40 years to include mental health, drug and alcohol and special needs counseling. She works with children and adults, in a safe and stigma-free setting, focusing on a variety of issues such as anxiety, addictions, coping skills, depression, family conflicts, life transitions, parenting, relationships, identity, school issues, self-esteem, stress, and mood disorders. Dr. Stein incorporates a multi-modalities approach to treatment. In addition to her extensive direct practice with children, adults and families, Dr. Stein served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Services and the Director of the MSW Program at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as the Director of the Inaugural BSW & MSW Programs at Long Island University (LIU) in Brentwood, NY. Dr. Stein created an innovative program at LIU whereby she introduced H.S. Students to the Social Work profession. She arrange for the students to get credit for the classes and those credits were accepted at several area colleges and universities in their Human Services and Social Work Programs.
Eps. #5 - Trailer: "Raise-The-Wage" For Social Workers_ Dr. Lois Stein
Dr. Lois Stein received her BS degree in Community Service Education from Cornell University and her MSW and DSW in Social Work from Adelphi University. Her social work career began as a medical social worker and expanded over 40 years to include mental health, drug and alcohol and special needs counseling. Dr. Stein taught at Adelphi University School of Social Work in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also served as the Director of the Inaugural BSW & MSW Programs at Long Island University (LIU) in Brentwood.
"Raise-The-Wage Episode #4 -Feat. Ms. Sarah C. Butts, LMSW Director of Public Policy, NASW
Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Is the Director of Public Policy with the National Association of Social Workers, in Washington, DC. Ms. Butts is responsible for leading the association’s public policy, political and legislative affairs agenda, overseeing field organizing, working at both the national level and with NASW chapters, political candidates’ fundraising and endorsement efforts, as well as developing and advancing the association’s strategic goals and objectives related to influencing the legislative and executive branches of government.
Prior to joining NASW, Sarah served as executive director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She was also a Senior Administrator within the Dean’s office at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Ms. Butts is the founding administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and played a significant role in the organization’s development as a 501c3 and launching of Grand Challenges from 2013-2017. She is a co-author on the AASWSW working paper to End Homelessness and contributing author on a new book, Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, published by Oxford University Press. Prior experience includes roles at the Family League of Baltimore, Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration and Baltimore County Department of Social Services. Ms. Butts holds an MSW from University of Maryland Baltimore and a BSW from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.
Ms. Butts also played a major role in developing The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities articulates meaningful actions the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress should take to address the COVID-19 crisis, promote mental and behavioral health, eliminate systemic racism and ensure civil and human rights for all. The Blueprint’s 21 issue areas are organized according to the Grand Challenges for Social Work, a research-informed social policy agenda, developed by the social work profession, to address our society’s most pressing social problems. NASW’s Blueprint is a roadmap for social progress and reflects social work’s best thinking on the pathway to a more just and equitable society.
Kelsunn Communications Proudly Presents: Social Work Month 2022 Tribute
This is the audio track of photo montage video (***Click here to access the YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/xR6DFElpQf0 ) saluting all that Social Workers do ... Year-Round, All the time!!
This montage also includes a recitation of the moving essay, "What Social Workers Make". The essay states many of the different ways that Social Workers Positively impact society in general and people, families, communities, and systems in particular.
Near the end of the tribute everyone is reminded that it is imperative to "Raise-the-Wage" of Social Workers so that they are paid commensurate to the enormous impact they have on the lives of those they serve. There is a subtle reminder that we love helping others but at the same time we want to be compensated more equitably.
Thank you all for your self-less dedication!!!
Happy Social Work Month to all Social Workers World-Wide!!! (www.kelsunn.org)
Raise The Wage Ep.#4 Trailer - Ms. Sarah C. Butts, MSW, NASW Director of Public Policy
Sarah Christa Butts, MSW, is currently the Director of Public Policy for the National Association of Social Workers. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Grand Challenges for Social Work and Senior Administrator within the Dean’s office at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Ms. Butts is the founding administrator of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and played a significant role in the organization’s development as a 501c3 and launching of Grand Challenges from 2013-2017. She is a co-author on the AASWSW working paper to End Homelessness and contributing author on a new book, Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society, published by Oxford University Press. Prior experience include roles at the Family League of Baltimore, Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration and Baltimore County Department of Social Services. Ms. Butts holds an MSW from University of Maryland Baltimore and a BSW from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.
Ep. #3 - Raise-the-Wage For Social Workers, Feat. Dr. Tracy R. Whitaker, DSW
Dr. Tracy Whitaker is an associate professor and the associate dean for academic and student advancement at the Howard University School of Social Work. In this role, she provides leadership for and coordination of the curriculum offered by the School of Social Work, including strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation, reaccreditation and continuous improvement. Prior to joining the faculty of Howard University, Dr. Whitaker directed the Center for Workforce Studies & Social Work Practice at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for over a decade. In that role, she led the first national benchmark study of licensed social workers in 2004 and the first compensation and benefits study of the social work profession in 2009. Dr. Whitaker received her BA, MSW and DSW from Howard University.
Dr. Whitaker provides leadership for and coordination of the curriculum offered by the School of Social Work, including strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation, reaccreditation and continuous improvement. She collaborates with the dean and the executive leadership team to develop and support the enhancement of the faculty human capital. Dr. Whitaker also provides leadership in initiating, evaluating, and improving student services and activities in the School of Social Work, including developing and implementing strategies to recruit graduate students and to increase retention and graduation rates; addressing student matters related to advising, petitions, appeals, withdrawals, academic offenses, probation, suspension, and reinstatements; and serving as advisor to student government groups. Dr. Whitaker leads efforts to create, maintain and promote a positive learning environment.
This is a Kelsunn Communications Production (www.kelsunn.org)
Raise The Wage Ep.#3-Trailer: Dr. Tracy R. Whitaker, DSW
Dr. Tracy Whitaker is an associate professor and the associate dean for academic and student advancement at the Howard University School of Social Work. In this role, she provides leadership for and coordination of the curriculum offered by the School of Social Work, including strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evaluation, reaccreditation and continuous improvement.
*** Awarded 1st Place: "Raise-The-Wage": Ep.#2 -Feat. Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson, MSW
***For Immediate Release:
Here at Kelsunn Communications It brings us great pleasure to share this exciting news to everyone!!! On Thursday, June 15, 2023 this special podcast segment entitled, "Raise-The-Wage": Ep.#2 -Feat. Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson, MSW nationally-known child and family policy expert won 1st Place in the annual Press Club of Long Island Media Awards competition!!! We invite you back to watch and listen again!!! Please comment, share, download and subscribe to this channel!! Thank you!!
The Press Club of Long Island is the Long Island chapter of the Society for Professional Journalist (SPJ), which the host/producer, Mr. Kelly is a member.
“This social work podcast is meaningful & the conversations are important. Keep up the good work”!
The judges were from San Diego, Calif & SPJ and Louisville, Kentucky SPJ.
(Click the link to watch the re-launch: https://youtu.be/IlxxlPZ214c)
************************************************************************************************************** We at Kelsunn Communications welcome you to this informative 6-Part Series entitled “Raise-The-Wage: The Case for Equitable Salaries for Social Workers and Other Human Services Professionals”. This series aims to launch a discussion about the value of Social Workers in all the roles they play. This series also highlights the impact Social Workers and other Human Service Professionals have on the clients, communities, and agencies they serve and why they should be compensated according to their impact. For our 2nd Episode we feature Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson, MSW - Dean Emeritus and Professor of the School of Social Welfare, Albany State University, NY.
Dr. Briar-Lawson, MSW is a national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies &Practices: International Implications (2001), and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs and Policies (2013), and Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises in Economic and Social Development (2020).
She chaired the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, for 10 years she served as a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and currently collaborates with its Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors and its National Advisory Board. She is the recipient of the 2015 NASW International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award and the Council on Social Work Education Significant Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Work Education. She is also recognized as a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Work Pioneer for long and consistent history of dedication and innovation to the Social Work Profession.
"Raise The Wage" Episode #2 Trailer Featuring - Dr. Katherine-Briar Lawson
This trailer announces that coming up on Thursday, January 20th Episode #2 will launch. This episode will feature the widely known and highly respected Social Work Scholar & Professor, Dr. Katherine Briar-Lawson. Dean Emeritus of the Albany State University School of Social Welfare.
“Raise-The-Wage": For Social Workers, Feat., NASW President, Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, LCSW
Dr. Joyner joined the faculty at West Chester University (WCU) in 1979 as assistant professor and served as the director and chairperson of the undergraduate social work department, a position she held for several decades. While at WCU, Professor Joyner presided over the campus Frederick Douglass Society, chaired the Committee of 16, developed the civility award, developed the Frederick Douglass Junior Ambassadors, led university town hall meetings on Embracing a Just Community, organized and obtained funding for the annual delivery of a MLK Day for the university and surrounding community, and was the chief architect of the university's campus climate committee. Professor Joyner also developed an interdisciplinary Race Relations course, which received an award from students for effective delivery of critical content on race.
In 2011, Professor Joyner, a full professor of social work, received the emeritus rank with full rights and privileges from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Later in 2011, she retired from the university and created MCJ Consultants which specializes in organizational change and achieving equity. Professor Joyner is a former president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Concurrently, she served on the board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and represented the United States. She also served as president of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). She holds membership in BPD, CSWE, and NASW.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including: 2005 AGE-SW and BPD Gerontology Leadership Award for stellar national leadership in the field of gerontology; the BPD Lifetime Achievement Award; Living Beyond Breast Cancer Founders Award for leadership and stewardship; the first Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Award from Howard University School of Social Work; the Central State University Hall of Fame Award as a Distinguished Alumni; the First William Culp lecturer by Abilene Christian University School of Social Work; and the CSWE Lifetime Service and Leadership Award. In September 2019, Mit Joyner received the prestigious NASW of Pennsylvania Phyllis Black Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and commitment to social justice and the quest for obtaining equity for all.
Professor Joyner is married to the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner, a Senior Federal Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Together they have three daughters Dr. Jennifer Joyner-Hall a clinical psychologist in Washington, DC; Nicole M. Joyner, a human resource director in Atlanta, GA; and Jacqlyn A. Joyner an attorney in Washington, DC. Her greatest role is being “Gg” to her two grandsons David Anthony Hall IV and Jacob James Joyner Hall.
"Raise The Wage"Trailer - With Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, NASW President
Coming up on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 5AM (Also in video on my YouTube Channel) will be the 1st of my 6 interviews with distinguished Professional Social Work Leaders. The series is called "Raise the Wage" - The Case for Equitable Pay for Social workers and Other Human Service Professionals. I am honored to have been afforded the opportunity to interview Dr. Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner, currently serving as President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Dr. Joyner talks about a myriad of topics including how we as Social Workers need to promote ourselves more. She also talks about the wide array of industries and vocations Social Workers are involved in. This is an interview you won't want to miss!!!
“Raise The Wage” – The Case for Equitable Pay for Social Workers
Problem Statement: Social Worker salaries need to be increased so that they are commensurate with their skill, education and credentials. Above anything else Social Work salaries need to be commensurate with the impact that Social Workers have on the lives of others? We also need to get society to move past the fact that Social Work is a “female-dominated” profession. In addition to that the vulnerable populations served are looked down upon and seen as morally flawed and therefore not deserving of the best of services. Those two facts alone negatively impact salary considerations for Social Workers.
Motivation: My motivation to pursue this policy is embedded in my deep and profound passion for the profession. It is vitally important that policy-makers recognize and acknowledge the profound impact Social Workers make in every aspect of society. Having experienced first-hand the powerful impact Social Workers can have on a person‘s life is why I need to make sure that Social Work salaries are raised to an equitable level. l desire for others to experience that same “Power of the Profession” and be inspired to “pay it forward”. Therefore, we need to attract, recruit, train and retain highly talented and passionate individuals to become social workers.
Motivation: One of the first areas I believe should be addressed is to make sure that there is universal nation-wide “Title Protection” in the public sector. What this will do is prevent government-funded human service organizations from hiring non-educated and non-credentialed employees and identifying them as “Social Workers”. This allows agencies to pay them less and brings down the value of professional Social Workers. I believe that there should be "Social Work Student Loan Forgiveness". Research shows that high student debt and less than equitable salaries discourage many from pursuing a Social Work career. Lastly, it is vitally important for all Social Workers, regardless of what their job is, to always identify themselves as Social Workers. This is especially true of the many CEO’s and ED’s who have Social Work Degrees and are earning 6-figure salaries. This will go a long way of dispelling the myth that “you can’t earn high salaries” with a Social Work degree.
*** Full Version Originally Launched on 8/19/21
On Saturday, June 19, 2021, The "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast, Award-Winning Flagship offering of “Kelsunn Communications” (www.kelsunn.org) went on location to record this podcast live. This podcast recording marked the commemoration of the first-ever Federally Designated & Recognized "Juneteenth Holiday". This took place at the 3D's Aftercare, Inc. Community Center in Baldwin. This community celebration was the culmination of many months of planning . It was collaboratively sponsored by The Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers (https://m.facebook.com/nassausuffolkabsw/) and the 3D's Aftercare, Inc. (https://www.3dsaftercareinc.org/) Community Center in Baldwin. Throughout the course of the day there were a myriad of cultural activities and workshops. We asked organizers and participants to stop by and share their thoughts and reflections on the historic occasion. We were delighted to hear and record some of the comments attendees and members shared. A couple of youth also stopped by to give their opinions on the historic day. This is a collection of the comments and contributions set to an African-themed, originally created music bed. Tune in to listen wherever you get your podcasts. Please remember to download, like, and share.
Z-100's Radio Personality Skeery Jones Says Vote for Silas!!
Well everyone, there's only 5 weeks left for the competition. Here is Z-100's Executive Producer of the "Elvis Duran in the Morning" Show, Skeery Jones, urging you all to vote .... for my podcast!!
Once again, I am honored to be competing in the annual Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s 2022 “Best of Long Island” contest in the “Best Podcast” Category. My podcast is competing against 16 other podcasts. I would like to thank you all for your votes and your continued support – just keep on voting!!!
I am truly proud to say that the Award-Winning, "Kelsunn-on-the-Air" Social Work Podcast (https://anchor.fm/kelsunn-on-the-air) is only Social Work podcast in the competition!!!
Follow these Steps to Vote:
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Step #3: Scroll down to Locate the “Kelsunn-on-the-Air” Social Work Podcast Click on that Name, Cast your “Vote”!! Voting runs until December 15, 2021 and just a friendly reminder that you can vote once per day, every day!!!
So please do!! Thank you all ever so kindly for your vote and your support!!!
Silas, Your "E-Journalism Social Work Advocate " Host and producer of the “Kelsunn-on-the-Air” Social Work Podcast A Kelsunn Communications, Inc. Production (www.kelsunn.org)
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Highlighting the "Sunshine Alternative Education Prevention Center"
The Sunshine Alternative Education and Prevention Center (https://www.sunshinepreventionctr.org/), founded in 1992. It is a true grass-roots organization that formed from the personal experiences of its 2 co-founders, Dr. Carol Carter and Ms. Tamara Pelosi. Their collective desire was to help their own children. Today that dream has turned into a reality that now reaches hundreds of children and families with hope for a brighter future.
The stated mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all children and families that is designed to build self-esteem & positive social skills, empower youth to make healthy choices and decisions, prevent or reduce substance abuse and violence, and strengthen the connections between families, schools and communities.
Sunshine Prevention Center provides a variety of prevention-focused programs and services to the youth and families in Suffolk County.
The prevention-focused programs are multi-faceted, engaging the children and families in relationship activities, skill-building activities, and enrichment activities.
Our programs include: Social Skills and Leadership Programs, Teen and Adult Anger Management, Teen Support Groups, Summer Prevention Programs for ages 4 - teens, Parenting Support, and Substance Abuse Prevention for Mandated or Court-ordered Adults and Outreach Services for schools and agencies.
Sunshine also provides an Alternative Education Program for high school youth who are in danger of or placed on long term suspension due to behaviors relating to substance use or violence. This program incorporated academic instruction and prevention-focused support that aims at building on positive skills. Participants are referred by home school district.
Sunshine Prevention Center is located in Port Jefferson Station in a building donated by the Town of Brookhaven. Sunshine provides substance abuse and violence prevention programs and services that include: social skill programs, youth and teen leadership programs, an alternative education program for high risk teens, outreach services, a unique summer camp and a variety of other services to meet the needs of children and families on Long Island.
Today Sunshine is a respected leader in the field of substance abuse and violence prevention reaching hundreds of children, teens and adults annually.
The Sunshine Prevention Center “Blessing Box”
The blessing box is now open and available to anyone in need. The box is located at 468 Boyle Road Port Jefferson Station and is right by the side walk. You can drive by, stop and take any items that you need. The box will be stocked daily and is easily accessible.
A Conversation With Legislator Kara Hahn, MSW - Political Social Worker
The Honorable Legislator Kara Hahn, MSW - Representing the 5th Legislative District of Suffolk County, NY.
Legislator Hahn is the National Association of Social Workers(NASW) NYS Chapter 2020 “Public Elected Official of the Year”
Kara Hahn(https://www.karahahn.com/)is the Suffolk County Legislature’s Deputy Presiding Officer. First elected in 2011 to represent the very same community in which she was raised and is now raising her family, Kara has worked to make government more open and responsive while strengthening the County’s central mission of protecting public health and safety. Legislator Hahn’s initiatives to better our environment and open spaces has earned her the role of chairwoman of the Legislature’s Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee, while her leadership on issues ranging from domestic violence to drug overdoses has earned her key roles on the Legislature’s Health; Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness and Public Safety Committees. During her time in public office, Legislator Hahn has championed forward thinking public policies that have saved hundreds of lives by putting opioid antidotes in the hands of first responders and training lay persons to use the antidote in cases of suspected overdose; allowed County health professionals to follow-up with overdose victims who were saved in order to get them into treatment; enabled victims of abuse to better gauge their risk of being re-assaulted or killed by an abuser, and kept guns out of the hands of individuals deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
Because of her thoughtful leadership, Kara was elected to serve as the Legislature’s Majority Leader from 2016 through 2019 and chosen as the body’s Deputy Presiding Officer earlier this year.
Prior to her election, Kara held roles as a Public Policy Coordinator for a child care advocacy organization, a Senior Public Relations Specialist for a multinational high technology corporation and the Director of Communications for the Suffolk County Legislature. Kara holds a Master’s degree in Social Work Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is resides in Setauket with her husband Christopher and two daughters. Legislator Hahn is presently running for Congress.
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