Conversations Organized and Moderated by High School and College Students

/social dilemminar1

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Moderator: Abigail and Madison, (UMBC); Praise (UMD)

/social dilemminar2

Date: Fall 2022

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Moderator: TBA

/social dilemminar3

Date: Spring 2023

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Moderator: TBA

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Instructions: For 1.0 hour of community service, please submit three questions to ask Dr. Singer in preparation for our 5/3 webinar. Questions should focus on cyberbullying, community services, and technology.

Once you have submitted your questions, you are required to attend the webinar in its entirety and complete a post-evaluation at the conclusion of the webinar. Incomplete or make-up evaluations will not be accepted.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email us at if you are a student or for all administrative questions.

/learning objectives :

  • Ignite awareness of the mental health dilemma and begin to feel more comfortable about talking about them
  • Discuss the unintended consequences of social media use on youth and young adults
  • Take action to prevent cyberbullying and protect the mental health of youth and young adults


If you missed Part 1 of Social Dilemminar, we invite you to view our webinar on Facebook and share our slides below.

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Dr. Jonathan B. Singer

Dr. Singer is currently an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of 45 publications, including the 2015 book Suicide in Schools: A practitioner’s guide to multilevel prevention, assessment, intervention, and postvention. He has given over 100 academic and continuing education presentations nationally for the US military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and clinical social work organizations, including a 2014 teleconference for NASW-WI on family-based interventions for suicidal youth. In 2007 he started the award-winning “Social Work Podcast.” The 100+ episodes have been downloaded over two million times by one million people in 181 countries and territories.

From 1996 to 2004 he worked as a bilingual (English – Spanish) social worker in community mental health. His experience included working on a mobile crisis intervention unit for suicidal, homicidal and actively psychotic youth; providing home-based individual and family therapy; facilitating experiential outdoor therapy groups for youth with externalizing disorders; running process-oriented parenting groups for parents trying to reunify with their child(ren) after removal for abuse and/or neglect; and being the founding director of an early childhood development center where parents and children ages 0 – 3 could participate in unstructured play, socializing, networking, and obtain training in infant/community CPR, baby massage, and baby sign language.  

Social Entrepreneurs as Social Workers

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Moderator: Joaddan

(Passcode : 167707)

Mental Health, Reopening, and COVID-19

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Moderator: Nina

Mental Health, Reopening, and COVID-19

Ninah Jackson, Student Board Member, Prince George’s County

Ninah Jackson is currently a senior at Oxon Hill High School, enrolled in the Science and Technology program with a concentration in biological sciences. She is a long-time youth advocate and community leader, serving in a variety of roles on the school, local, and state levels centered around youth political engagement and educational equity. 

Currently, Ninah serves as the 41st Student Member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education where she diligently and proudly represents 136,000+ students. Additionally, Ninah is an active member of her school’s student government, the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments, and the Maryland Association of Student Councils. 

Outside of school, she has worked with community leaders, public officials, and community organizations to advocate for progressive reforms on the county, state, and federal levels.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the debate on the reopening of PGCPS and the student’s voice
  • Create an opportunity to build stronger relationships with student activists and the mental health community across Prince George’s County

Social Workers as Social Entrepreneurs

Lakeya Cherry, CEO of The Network for Social Work Management

The role of a social entrepreneur and a social worker is fundamentally the same. A social worker is responsible for helping individuals, families, and groups cope with issues they are facing, while a social entrepreneur helps to improve the social and economic value of society.

Under Lakeya’s leadership, the Network has grown globally and introduced new, innovative programming that meets the needs of social work and human services leaders everywhere.

This conversation will highlight her journey as a social worker, a nonprofit executive, and as a national leader.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize how social change agents can also be social workers who serve as community role models;

  • Develop a better understanding of how social work competencies, skills, and behaviors are useful in becoming a successful social change agent, nonprofit leader, or entrepreneur.

Why Consider High School Students in Social Work Reform?

Inaugural Conversation with Mit Joyner, President of NASW; President of the IFSW- North American Region

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Time: 5:00 EST

(Passcode: 466615)

(Passcode: =td+1*2P)

Conversation with Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, President/ CEO of Council on Social Work Education

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM EST

(Passcode: 934775)

How Can YSocialWork Assist High School Students Transition into College Amidst COVID-19?

(YSocialWork does not own the rights to this video and it is being used for educational purposes).

High school students far and wide are one of the most vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19 but are often overlooked and at risk.

Even worse, the inequalities facing students of color have magnified due to the pandemic, placing them at risk for higher financial, academic, and socioemotional uncertainty.

YSocialWork, Inc. will kick off its High School Student Experiential Classroom in Prince George’s County with a one-hour conversation with high school students interested in a rewarding career in social work, and who are facing individual, familial, and environmental challenges due to COVID-19. These conversations are the first of its kind to recognize youth as current leaders in the social work arena and to have them to direct us in advancing social work education and practice with innovative ideas, forward-thinking policy, and technological reform in this new post-COVID society.

Featured Conversationalist

Mildred “Mit” Joyner

President of the National Associations of Social Work

President of the International Federation of Social Welfare – North American Region

Professor Emerita of Social Work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania

Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner is a Professor Emerita of social work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania. Joyner received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and her MSW from Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, D.C. 

Her professional career began at Chester County Children and Youth services as a protective service worker; she was promoted to department head, then legal liaison of the child abuse unit. Joyner later joined the faculty at WCU as an associate professor, where she was elected by the faculty as department chair of the undergraduate social work department. She retired from the university as a full professor, and presently works as a consultant. 

Joyner is a member of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Council on Social Work Education, and NASW, where she recently ended her term as national vice president. In West Chester she serves on the board of directors of Chester County Food Bank and is a bank director at DNBFirst.

Featured Conversationalist

Darla Spence Coffey

President/ CEO of the Council on Social Work Education

Darla Spence Coffey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is the national association for social work education, representing over 800 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs of professional social work. Through its programs and initiatives, CSWE promotes emerging technologies, interprofessional education, and innovative models, pedagogies, and practices to advance social work education. As the voice of social work education, CSWE works to strengthen the position of social work
within higher education, the national political environment, and in the perceptions of the general public.

Coffey received her BSW from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has an extensive background in social work practice in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. More recently, Coffey has been advancing the causes of provider well-being and leadership in presentations and writings.

Coffey is a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice and is the 2017 recipient of the Advocate for Human Rights Award by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Learn More about the High School Student Experiential Classroom