Ana Bonilla-Galdamez Receives National Social Worker of the Year Award
NASW Recognizes Social Work Innovations in the Classroom
WASHINGTON, D.C.â€” The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced that Ana Bonilla-Galdamez is recipient of its 2014 National Social Worker of the Year award for helping break down language and cultural barriers so students in her care get the best possible education.
Ana's commitment to changing lives in the classroom, where there are often language and cultural issues that hinder education, led her to develop programs that profoundly impact children, families and their communities.
"Ana's work has transformed many lives and we applaud her for her extraordinary contributions," NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, said.
Through her innovations as a school social worker in the Alexandria City Public School System in Virginia, Latino Youth For Excellence (LYFE) program was developed to help young people in linguistically and culturally challenged situations develop their talents in a positive environment. This has led to participants in her program having lower drop-out rates and fewer incidents of gang-related behavior and teen pregnancies.
Bonilla-Galdamez also developed Los Padres Hacen La Diferencia (Parents Make the Difference), a leadership program for Latino parents that offers support and education to build family involvement and a sense of community. Through Mentoring Matters, Bonilla-Galdamez continues to bring together public service leaders to mentor at-risk students.
The NASW National Social Worker of the Year award honors a member of the association who exemplifies the best of the profession's values and achievements through specific accomplishments.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 130,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.