March is Social Work Month, and the theme this year is “Empowering Social Workers.” Here at Say Yes Cleveland, we’re committed to recognizing the incredible impact social workers have on our community, especially within the educational landscape. Throughout the month, we’ll be highlighting the inspiring work of our very own Say Yes Cleveland Social Workers.

This week, we turn the spotlight on Shauna Scott-Rose, a Family Support Specialist and Team Lead at East Tech High School. Below, Shauna shares her valuable insights on empowering social workers and the ways they, in turn, empower the communities they serve.

What significance does Social Work Month hold for you?

Social Work Month holds a special place in our hearts because it’s a time to celebrate the tireless dedication we show and the immeasurable impact we make on countless lives. It’s a reminder of the liberating and uplifting nature of our work.

In what ways do social workers play a crucial role in the success of students and schools?

Social workers play a critical role in schools, where their support is essential for students’ well-being. Teachers, despite their best efforts, often lack the time and resources to provide the specialized social support students may need. That’s why it’s crucial to have comprehensive support systems in place, addressing the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of our students.

How can the community create a more empowering and supportive environment for social workers?

Individuals can play a vital role in supporting social workers by expressing their sincere gratitude and appreciation. A simple “thank you” can truly make a difference. Furthermore, offering ongoing support, advocacy, and a spirit of inclusivity goes a long way in creating a positive and empowering environment for social workers to thrive.