MSW Interns

PAUL CUMMINS

President

In 1995, Dr. Cummins founded New Visions Foundation with the mission of bringing quality education to more diverse students. New Visions birthed New Roads School to offer Engaged Education in a private-school setting to a socio-economically diverse student body. He then started three charter schools in low-income communities, as well as programs for foster youth and incarcerated youth.

Our program with incarcerated youth has formally been acknowledged by a Rand study as having the lowest recidivism rate of any program in Los Angeles County. Our foster care program boasts of having 91% of our students graduating from college. He piloted  a program in the community of Lennox, CA, addressing trauma and drop out that has transformed the lives of 100% of our students in the program.
 

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USC MSW Intern

Sarandon Gilbert

 Sarandon picked the Coalition for her internship because she has a background in anti-violence work and ensuring quality education is one of the most powerful determinants for preventing violence. Through education and empowering individuals, we can create a society rooted in collective care. Ms. Gilbert feels that the Coalition's values of dignity and respect are ones that strongly align with her own personal values, and it is important for her to work in an environment that reflects her values. 

She goes to USC where she is enrolled in the Dual Masters program for Social Work and Public Health. Sarandon chose USC because of its commitment to diversity and educating social workers on cultural competency. Along with this, USC has a macro social work program that allows Social Work students to understand how laws and policies impact those they are serving.  

She chose the Social Work field because she desires to be a part of the direct change to positively impact our society. Social workers have a commitment to social justice and treating everyone with empathy, which many fields do not prioritize. 

The support of her family and friends helps to keep her going, but her energy for this work is sustained by the hope she has for a better future.  In her free time, Sarandon like to crochet, roller skate, and hike!  She hopes to someday work for an education department helping create trauma-informed educational systems. 

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USC MSW Intern

Aaron Grijalva

Aaron has just started his MSW at the University of Southern California and largely decided to continue his higher education there because he was born and raised in Southern California. 

He chose the Social Work field because he knew that it would be the best avenue for himself to begin contributing his educational skills in meaningful and concrete ways.

Some of Aaron's current goals include completing his MSW program at USC, absorbing everything that he can from the Coalition, learning what the Coalition represents and the work that is done. 

Aaron says that while he didn't pick the Coalition for his internship he could not have asked for a better fit in regards to his career aspirations navigating the field of social work through a restorative justice lens.  Family, loved ones and Mr. Grijalva's passion for reading keeps him going . Some of his hobbies include playing/watching sports, exercising, the outdoors, TV, and reading or playing video games .

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UCLA MSW Intern

Claire Amabile

Claire Amabile is a dual Master of Social Welfare (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She chose UCLA because of its diverse student population, renowned research expertise, and faculty members that focus on violence prevention.

 

Claire was drawn to social work because of its mission to serve vulnerable populations, and ultimately strives to utilize her social work experience to aid survivors of violence in their healing processes. Additionally, she hopes to leverage her understanding of the intersection of social work and public health to inform practices and policies aimed at reducing violence within historically marginalized communities.

 

Taking care of her plants, spending quality time with her loved ones, the great outdoors, and a drive to help create peaceful, loving lives for all keep her going. For fun, Claire enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, camping, live music, and hanging with her adopted cat, Spoon. Once she graduates, Claire hopes to begin working in a clinical setting, aiming to obtain her LCSW and work with survivors of violence across the lifespan.

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UCLA MSW Intern

Micah Chase

Micah Chase is working towards his Masters of Social Welfare at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he will be specializing in Mental Health and Aging. Micah chose UCLA because of the challenging curriculum, top-notch faculty, and incredible diverse student body that believes in improving the lives of vulnerable populations. The Coalition and UCLA invite Micah the opportunity to broaden his abilities as a social service provider while immersing himself in diverse communities and learning from seasoned professionals. He is excited to take his experiences of working with foster youth and building upon them at Coalition.

 

Micah spent seven years working with foster youth and adults/persons with a wide range of disabilities. His experiences working with the staff and clients led Micah to pursue Social Work, affording him the privilege of making a significant change on a deeper level. Having the opportunity to make a difference/positive impact on the lives of marginalized communities while learning from and meeting incredible people in the field motivates him to continue moving forward.

 

When not working, Micah enjoys watching/playing sports, spending time with his girlfriend and their dog, or attempting to find the best food in Southern California. Following his time at UCLA, he plans to earn his LCSW and find a position to better the lives of persons with disabilities while reducing the societal stigma placed on the population.