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Tonya Johnson-Cooper has fought for the social welfare of our community’s most vulnerable children for more than thirty years. It is her firm belief that her most important charge is to be a voice for young people who are silenced in the face of violence, trauma, grief, negligence, and abandonment.
Tonya is a recently retired twenty-nine-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Public School system, where she served as a social worker at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In this role, she was responsible for the well-being of students whose academic lives are impacted by compromising personal, family, and environmental factors. Also in this role, she was called on to lead crisis intervention, facilitate individual student, group, and family counseling, sessions, and she was one of two district representatives to Mount Vernon Youth Court. However, given the nature of her work, Tonya often went beyond the call of duty to ensure students are fed, clothed, and reassured there is hope beyond their circumstances. No matter what school she has provided social services, her motivation to help change the lives of her students was foremost. Yet, it was her work as a caseworker and senior supervisor for the former New York State Bureau of Child Welfare, now Administration for Children’s Services which laid the foundation for the work in the education arena. As a city social worker, she investigated allegations of physical, emotional, and psychological child abuse. Often, she had to report her findings to the judges in Family Court, where again Tonya advocated for the best interest of the child. In her role as a senior supervisor, she guided and directed a unit of five caseworkers, then moved to train incoming caseworkers.
To date, Tonya has impacted the lives of hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of infants, youth, and adolescents throughout New York City and Westchester County. Her work was defining, and she could not imagine any other professional career. Before working in the educational system, Tonya worked as a drug and substance abuse counselor for Student Assistance Services, an agency that places counselors in schools throughout Westchester County. Tonya is a proud alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She is also a graduate of Hunter College, where she earned her Master of Science in Social Work. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds permanent Public School Teacher certification. Tonya’s leadership extends to the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Alumni Chapter of North Carolina A&T State University and serves as the vice president. She is a member of Greater Centennial AME Zion Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. and she shares an Ambassador donor level to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with her daughter. After God, her greatest joy is her grandson of seven months.
Jodi Dowe is a part-time graduate student at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Jodi works as a Full-time Care manager, assisting patients that present complex and varied health care conditions across all health care domains of psychiatric, physical and addiction disorders. Jodi actively collaborates with patients and medical providers to prevent hospitalizations by engaging them in community, outpatient services, and supports.
During her undergraduate years at the State University at Albany, the realm of family dynamics, At-risk youth (troubled youth), mental health and mental illnesses intrigued her. Jodi interned at the Rehabilitation Support Service (RSS) in which she had the opportunity of working with clients that are Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA). There, she connected with the clients on an emotional level due to her empathic nature and strengths. She learned that building trusting relationships is key to helping people feel safe and open to accepting needed resources. She was appointed to develop and facilitate a Wellness Self-Management group. Participants of the group were presented with a safe- haven to explore the skills and tools necessary to identify triggers, barriers, strengths, goals, and formulating safety plans. She gained the gratification by becoming a part of their support system. Jodi finished her internship knowing that she enabled empowerment and the creation of new, healthy, and trusting relationships.
Jodis’ aspiration of becoming a social worker is not for the financial gain but for the psychological enrichment. Jodi states that “ In my eyes, social workers play as unmasked super heroes, assisting people that have not yet mastered the skills or tools to help themselves.”
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