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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR FORMER GANG MEMBERS SERVED BY AZTECS RISING: A GRANT PROPOSAL. By: Monica T. Gardiner California State University, Long Beach May 2013. Introduction.
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By: Monica T. Gardiner
California State University, Long Beach
Addressing the needs of oppressed and marginalized groups is a fundamental principle of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics (1999). The NASW Code of Ethics addresses six core values, which are (a) competence, (b) dignity, (c) integrity, (d) importance of relationships, (e) service, and (f) social justice. These values are relevant for social workers attempting to address the needs of former gang members who have been marginalized due to their criminal past, making it difficult for them to find legitimate employment and have a normal family life.
Ethnic segregation is an important factor to consider due to the fact that memberships to some gangs are based on ethnicity (OJJDP, 2010). Gang involvement is most common among oppressed minority ethnic groups. In Los Angeles, the fastest growth of gang involvement is in the Latino community.
Evaluation: The program success will be measured by several different methods. The individual therapy component to Cemelli will be measured by the number of participants served and by three different evaluation tools(PTSD Checklist-Civilian, Patient Health Questionnaire, General Anxiety Disorder tool). Each therapist will be responsible for turning in monthly statistics of the amount of participants served each month. The outreach and data specialist will be in charge of collecting statistics every month. The data collected will be password protected to ensure confidentiality. In addition, individual therapy clients will be evaluated by three different mental health screenings.
Lessons Learned :
Lessons Learned :The grant writer learned many lessons about the process of completing a grant proposal. The grant writer was able to quickly learn that the grant writing process is very time consuming. However, most importantly the grant writer was able to identify that grant writing gives social worker’s the opportunity to advocate and fund programs for the underserved.
Implications for Social Work : Many social workers obtain positions in nonprofit organizations where grant writing is one of the requirements of the job. Further, grant writing skills are an essential skill for social workers to be competent in during economic downturns when raising funds becomes more difficult. Additionally, the grant writer learned that grant writing and advocacy are tools that can be used to fund innovative ideas to develop services for underserved communities. Being able to fund programs that provide services to underserved communities, the social worker is then able to be a change agent at many levels.
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