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MSW students receive inaugural Council on Social Work Education's fellowship

Jorcyelin Ani and Aja Daniels
MSW students Aja Daniels (left) and Jorcyelin Ani

Only 40 fellowships were awarded nationwide

Master of Social Work students Jorcyelin Ani and Aja Daniels were awarded the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y) fellowship, CSWE’s inaugural fellowship at the master’s level. The fellowships are two of 40 awarded nationwide to students committed to providing mental health services to children and at-risk youth in underserved communities.

The year-long fellowship offers specialized training for addressing mental health issues of children, adolescents, and transition age youths. Training includes an intensive, two-day conference and professional development webinars offered throughout the year. Fellows will also receive a $6,500 stipend paid in three installments.

The goal of CSWE’s MFP-Y program is to improve the health outcomes of minority populations by training mental health professionals who originate from similar ethnic groups. Through the MFP-Y program, underserved communities will receive care by practitioners who understand the norms and values of their culture.

“I am very excited to have received this fellowship award. This opportunity will afford me specialized training in my areas of interest. Ultimately, this means that I am on my way to becoming a more skilled, more effective clinician,” Aja said. Aja plans on working with minority youth and adolescents after graduation.

Jorcyelin’s ultimate career goal is to “open a non-profit that offers tutoring, sports, clubs, counseling, mentoring, and just a place to go to for resources and support for those that can't receive those things at home.” For Jorcyelin, receiving an award that aligns with her personal and professional goals is a dream.

The mission of the Department of Social Work at Cal State Fullerton is to educate emerging and committed professionals for direct social work practice with vulnerable, marginalized, and disadvantaged populations. The Master of Social Work (MSW) program pays particular attention to individuals and groups in socially, culturally, and economically diverse environments, with special sensitivity to the multicultural populations of Orange County and the Southern California region.The Department’s mission includes a commitment to developing competent and effective professional social workers who will provide leadership in developing social work knowledge, addressing social problems, and advocating against social injustice.

Learn more about the MSW program.