We serve local communities through innovative programming that draws upon the strengths and expertise of the professional schools on campus and the creativity and enthusiasm of engaged students.
We create dynamic, innovative, student-driven internships that expand services to individuals, organizations and communities and train students to be effective civic leaders who are committed to sustainable community change.
We seek to address the following community problems in our education and service programs:
- The path to adulthood in a safe, secure family is full of nearly insurmountable obstacles if you enter the world in poverty.
- Urban neighborhoods and communities in Baltimore City have been damaged by a number of forces over the past half-century. People with wealth and important skills moved to the suburbs. Home values dropped. Availability of jobs declined as employers left. The drug trade became a "replacement economy" with devastating impact on families and neighborhoods. Crime increased. With fewer public resources, the public education system declined.
- Every year, throughout the Baltimore region, dozens of new community organizations spring up to help their communities. Unfortunately, at least that many go out of business, creating a disruption of service for those most in need.
Our programs include:
Students work to partner with K-12 school districts to identify and collaborate around issues related to school climate and punative discipline.
Students work as part of a school-wide strategy to promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning and the well-being of families and communities.
FCB began in 1996, when Drs. Diane DePanfilis and Howard Dubowitz developed the Family Connections intervention model to provide research-based in-home early intervention services, grounded in neglect prevention science, for families living in Baltimore, Maryland. Since that time there have been a number of replications and modifications of the FC model and FCB has engaged in a variety of service interventions, research activities, teaching and learning collaboratives, including initiatives that inform policy development.
The Family Stability Program is part of a nationwide initiative led by the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, and supported by United Way, aimed at supporting families to maintain stable housing.
The Care Coordination Program provides support services to adults and children who have been referred by teachers, administrators, parents or guardians, students themselves, or who have been identified and referred by SWCOS. Services include community outreach; case management and crisis intervention.
Peace Corps Fellows
SWCOS recruits Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to enter graduate studies in Social Work and to assist with urban challenges. These individuals bring prior experience working with marginalized communities and foreign language skills to their tasks, making it easier to connect with foreign born populations.
By placing SWCOS interns into at-risk neighborhoods we rebuild the social fabric of communities through coordinating block projects, strengthening the housing market, reducing the risk of predatory lending and reaching out to new immigrants to include them in home ownership opportunities.
Students work on various projects with the goal of building more sustainable organizations. Projects may include developing strategic plans, social media engagement, special events, advisory board management, meeting facilitation, grant writing, and organizational assessments.
Public Allies Maryland advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation. The program works to develop a new generation of diverse leaders and promote innovative leadership practices that meet the demands of changing times.
SWCOS interns work to identify and analyze social, educational, economic, and health problems that pose barriers to self-efficacy.
Trauma Adapted Family Connections (TA-FC)
TA-FC builds on Family Connections principles and service components to provide trauma-focused interventions across these broad domains while integrating: trauma-focused family assessment and engagement; psycho-education to teach family members about trauma symptomatology; a focus on building safety capacity within the community and immediate environment; trauma informed parenting practices and communication; and trauma informed approaches to working with families.