Naomi Guinn is a graduate student at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, with a concentration in Social Change and Innovation. She earned an associate degree in human services from Ivy Tech. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University Northwest, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is an inducted member of Phi Alpha Honor Society and The National Society of Leadership and Success. She has served vulnerable populations through former internships with Dayspring Women’s Center, advocating for women experiencing homelessness, and Porter County Education Services, supporting youth with special needs within public school systems. Naomi has professional experience working in adolescent treatment facilities, community mental health centers, and public education. She has dedicated her career trajectory towards the service of youth through her passion for social justice. Her primary concentration is in innovative advocacy for racial justice, LGBTQ youth, and juvenile justice reform. Naomi is a first-semester intern with SISGI Group’s APYD Team and plans to continue to promote youth empowerment, engagement, and resilience through education and collaboration.
5 Meaningful Ways to Support Youth This School Year
August 2021 marks the return to school for the majority of students across the U.S. For most school districts, this means in-person learning, and for some, this will be their first offline learning experience in 18 months. The progress in protections from COVID-19 through vaccines, social distancing measures, and other safety protocols has recently been …
Supporting Youth Mental Health: The Do’s & Don’ts
May is National Mental Health Month. This month is set aside to help raise awareness regarding mental health concerns. As we approach the halfway mark of 2021, the world is continuing its efforts to recover from the enormously stressful, bleak, and traumatizing impacts of 2020. People are coping with the continued threat of COVID-19 and …
Equity in Education: COVID’s Impact on Youth Education Part II
COVID-19 has shattered any global sense of stability. It has impacted social interactions, entertainment, travel, business, food service, and education for everyone. As individuals and communities continue to work towards building a new sense of normalcy, education continues to struggle. Teachers are experiencing intense levels of stress and burnout as they attempt to teach virtually, …