Posted Date: 04/05/2019
National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) & Social Work Action Club (S.W.A.C.) are two groups from Prairie View A&M University that are working with Hempstead Middle School to mentor students.
NABSW and SWAC mentor 18 students at Hempstead Middle School. The PVAMU students visit with and mentor HMS students Monday-Friday, working alongside Mrs. Sarah Peck, HMS Counselor and Mrs. Erika Douglas, the school's principal. The groups did a Black History Month Event focused on African American pioneers and the importance of going to college and not closing the door on a Historically Black College and University, also known as HBCU, because of its name. NABSW and SWAC have later events planned for Hempstead Middle School.
The purpose of these organizations is to develop and maintain communications among social work students, faculty, and the general public and provide a means for united action on issues of social concern. NABSW & S.W.A.C. also provide undergraduate social work students with many opportunities to become involved on campus and in the community through volunteering, serving on committees, and becoming elected officers. Through these organizations, PVAMU students are given the opportunity to work with the community, which can be one of the most rewarding and beneficial things a student can do while in college. These groups of individuals are committed to the same cause: helping others.
In speaking with Mr. Kevin Edwards, one of the most visible members of NABSW and SWAC, he had a goal of giving back to the Hempstead Community, which is an immediate neighbor to Prairie View. "I felt like If not me then who?” he said. “I wanted to make a change before I graduated, a personal commitment to volunteer and mentor kids in Hempstead. I came to PVAMU as a troubled kid. I found mentors who never gave up on me. They believed in me. I know that my God given purpose is to help and love people. My ultimate goal is to be the person who I needed growing up. I am going to pave the way for the next generation as well as be a role model in both male and female lives, paying it forward.”