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Although the number of U.S. children in foster care has declined over the last several years, UNC School of Social Work faculty continue to work closely with public and private partners to move even more of the nation’s 423,000 foster youth into permanent homes.
For 10 years, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), an international nonprofit affiliated with UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives, has worked closely with individuals, children and families in Nairobi, Kenya, to improve their access to healthcare, education and employment. This summer, UNC faculty from the School of Social Work will team up with the humanitarian organization to explore how to help Kibera’s youth increase their financial stability.
A three-year focus on closing the achievement gap in Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary schools has shown some encouraging signs of success.
According to a UNC School of Social Work study, in a handful of schools where specific learning barriers were identified and targeted for improvement, third graders scored 1.67 points higher than expected on state end-of-grade (EOG) tests in reading compared to previous third graders at the study schools and third-grade peers districtwide. Similar results were found the following year when the students were fourth graders and scored 1.42 points higher on state EOG math tests.
The School is hosting a summer study abroad trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, May 21-June 1, 2011. Applications are due March 25.
This course will examine social issues, development strategies, and health programs in the new South Africa. Students will participate in an International Symposium at the University of Johannesburg May 24-25 on “Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development.”
The UNC School of Social Work is hosting a free event on Sat., April 2, "Breaking Generation Silent: Facing the Needs and Challenges of LGBT Elders." It begins with a viewing of a one-hour documentary film, “Gen Silent.” This documentary highlights the realities that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors are facing: the need to go back into the closet to avoid discrimination from aging providers and bullying from fellow seniors in long-term care settings. A panel discussion will follow to further explore the social, medical and financial needs of LGBT elders.