Monday, February 13th, 2017 (competencies: 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d)
My week started out by applying my understanding social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at both the micro and macro-level of social work. By assisting with the set-up of the traveling Human Trafficking display presented by the Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking. I engaged in advocacy through self-education, encouraging students to view the display and was available to answer questions.
In the afternoon, I spent time with seniors who were struggling with college options. We spent time doing a strengths assessment, discussing family roles, possible college majors and began brainstorming college options that were realistic to the student. The students agreed to the possible college options (intervention possibilities) and agreed to discuss with their parents/guardians and meet with me next week.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 (competencies: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b)
As chaperone of on an overnight trip to the State Capitol with 20 TRIO Educational Talent Search students, I had plenty of opportunities to apply competency practice behaviors. Throughout the trip I applied ethical conduct, professionalism in both oral and verbal communication, I was dressed appropriately and professionally and applied self-awareness and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism.
The students attending the trip attend three different high schools in the Siouxland school district and have a broad level of diversity among the students. The students got along very well together and did not leave another student out regardless of the diversity and difference among them. During separate times of the trip, I facilitated small social group conversations on immigration laws, officer shootings, gun control, and other social issues concerning the students. The students who participated were respectful of one another and were excellent participants.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 (competencies: 1b, 1c, 3a, 3b, 5a, 5b, 5c)
The use of reflection and self-regulation to manage personal values and maintain professionalism in practice situations was demonstrated during the TRIO Days trip. A bill was being protested at the capitol today and it was important for me to not influence the students on whether they should be pro or con on the decision. I demonstrated professional demeanor in my behavior by dressing and speaking professionally.
Engaging in practices that advance social, economic, and environmental justice was seen through participation in attending TRIO Days an event designed to educate students on how TRIO Educational Talent Search is funded, how it started, the purpose of, and to thank the government officials who support the program. Engaging students in policy-practice, assessing social policy, where the policies are made, who to speak to, and some key starting points were gained during the TRIO Days trip to the capitol.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017 (competencies: 6a, 6b, 7a,7b, 7c)
Working with juniors today, I developed my practice skills of collecting, organizing, and critically analyzing data; applying knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, and developed mutually agreed on goals. They completed their mid-year reviews, discussed college choices, ACT options, upcoming college visits, and if they would be participating in the upcoming practice ACT.
I followed up with a student from Ethiopia to explain how to apply for scholarships after establishing his college ID. He and I discussed why he would need letters of recommendations, who would be appropriate to ask, and he did inform me that his situation at home is improving.