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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.
 

UCLA MSW Intern

Austin Saephan

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Austin Saephan is a first-year Master in Social Welfare student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Austin chose to attend UCLA in order to gain a critical lens for addressing the systemic injustices oppressing vulnerable communities. As a future clinician, he aims to provide community mental health services to equity-seeking populations. In his free time, Austin enjoys watching sitcoms, spending time with friends, and going to the gym.

UCLA MSW Intern

Brandy Monae Brown

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Brandy Brown has always been drawn to education, counseling, and medicine. At UCLA, she is pursuing adual degree in social welfare and public health, which combines her passions and gives her insight into different intervention strategies across populations. Her goal is to have a multi-faceted program that addresses the needs of minoritized youth holistically. As a busy single mother, she has a tough time balancing school, motherhood, and her baking business as well as working as a birth doula and lactation educator. But she wants to make her daughter proud and loves to spend time any free time with her doing craft projects.

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