MSW student Ariana Allensworth is one of four master’s degree candidates nationwide to be named a recipient of the 2015-16 National Association of Social Workers' Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship. The annual honor is bestowed to students who “demonstrate an interest or have experience with health/mental health practice" and have "a commitment to working in African American communities.” The award, named after the late Verne LaMarr Lyons, a social worker who was dedicated to increasing awareness of pernicious health concerns affecting African Americans, includes tuition support, leadership training and funding for conference attendance.
Allensworth has also been named a 2015-16 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow. This nine-month fellowship is designed to enrich and expand the professional skillsets of emerging and mid-level leaders working in the Bay Area's arts and culture field.
"As an emerging social work professional, I aspire to leverage art and culture to mitigate barriers to mental health services experienced by youth of color and to support them in becoming agents of social change," says Allensworth. "Both of these opportunities will allow me to amplify my commitment to youth development work in graduate school and beyond. They will provide me with critical professional development and networking opportunities to further my goals in the creative youth development sector."
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