The purpose of this project was to develop a program that would aid the gaps in the Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy, specifically with the LGBTQ foster youth in that program. The gaps include not having enough support staff and not having a licensed clinical social worker on site to provide a clinical lens for mental health, an important component to human wellbeing. This is especially important when working with vulnerable populations, such as LGBTQ foster youth. The literature revealed that the main risk factors for LGBTQ foster youth are mental health concerns, academic concerns, harassment, and placement instability. Some of the highlights for this new program include having a licensed social worker to host training for volunteers who would serve as the mentors for the targeted youth. Implications for social work practice are discussed. Actual submission and funding of the grant were not requirements for the completion of this project.
|Advisor:||Chambers, Ruth M.|
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Education, Gender studies, Individual & family studies, LGBTQ studies, Public policy, Mental health|
|Keywords:||Foster care, LGBT, LGBTQ, Mentorship program, Youth programs, Support staff, Placement instability, Foster child placement|
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