Graduate counseling students complete grant-writing project

Students in Bill O'Connell's winter quarter class, Introduction to Community Counseling, completed the time-intensive process of grant writing and grant funding as part of a $4,000 award from the Seattle University Youth Initiative. With the help of Rachael Steward of the Center for Service and Community Engagement, O'Connell, associate professor in the College of Education, partnered with three community centers providing counseling services to residents in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood: Sound Mental Health, Therapeutic Health Services and Village Spirit. 

Students conducted needs assessments at the sites; learned grant writing and funding skills from Ruby Love, chief development officer for Washington STEM; composed grant proposals; evaluated the proposals in depth and voted on awards totaling $4,000 that were aimed at fulfilling the mission of Seattle University and making an impact on the lives of the people served by the participating agencies. The project was an innovative way to teach students about the "business" of community counseling.

(Pictured here fromleft to right are Breona Mendoza, a graduate counseling student, Pauline Gary, lead residential support coordinator and Evelyn Allen Thomas, director of Village Spirit. Mendoza wrote a proposal, "Village Spirit Grant: A need for early learning materials and adult vocation focused educational resources for low income families of color," which resulted in a $1,400 grant for the organization.)

 

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