As one of six groups awarded DC community school grants for the 2013-14 school year, Briya is ramping up services to meet families’ diverse needs both in and out of the classroom. In January, social worker Stephanie Mintz joined Briya’s staff as community schools coordinator. Stephanie’s role is to engage teachers, staff, students and partners so that the school can act as a hub for family services. This includes facilitating on-site mental health services, referrals to Mary’s Center and outreach to families. Stephanie will also serve Bancroft Elementary School in a similar capacity.
Stephanie has nearly 20 years of community development experience, primarily with the local immigrant population. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked at both Carlos Rosario and the Latin American Youth Center in education and social services. Prior to this, Stephanie was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Christie McKay, Executive Director, said, “ We are excited that Stephanie has joined our team as she brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm for building student leadership at the school.”