MFP-Youth Program has been created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to offer fellowship to master’s students who are committed to a career in providing mental health services to youth, ages 16-25, in minority communities.
This program allows master’s students to help improve the health care to racially and ethnically diverse communities by increasing the number of professionals equipped with the knowledge to serve these areas.
In order to be accepted into the Minority Fellowship Program, a master’s student must be a full time student, an American citizen or permanent resident, a member of an ethnic/racial group, enrolled in two advance courses, and have had an internship that provides behavior health services to the target population.
Two students from Rutgers School of Social Work have been accepted into this prestigious fellowship program: Diana Sanchez and Lisa Robinson.
Sanchez is working to obtain her MSW on the clinical track and a part of the Addiction Counselor Training certificate program. As an intern at a counselor center that works with clients who suffer from substance abuse, she strives to improve engagement of minorities seeking services in mental health and substance abuse. Sanchez says, “I was attracted to the program because the goal is to improve training of addiction professionals and increase engagement of underserved populations in treatment. The program provides training and mentoring to assist student develop for those skills.”
Robinson is a graduate student in the Dual Degree Program: MDIV- Princeton Theological Seminar and MSW- Rutgers University. She too, is in the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate program. Robinson has a strong passion for advocating on behalf of those who can’t for themselves. She has experience with working with young people in the juvenile justice system and in the wider community. She expresses, “I am most excited about networking and interacting with other selected fellows and mentors from around the country who also have a passion for working in this field.”
Congratulations to both students and best of luck in the program.