My Time at the Y as a Social Work Intern

I’ve had an invaluable experience as a social work intern at the Y. Not only was I lucky enough to have two assignments, in the preschool and at a local high school, I was also welcomed into the community of the Y.

As a student I am a transplant into New York City, and spending time at the Y helped to ground me and better understand the culture of Washington Heights. I’ve been able to interact with a diverse group of professionals; teachers, social workers, and directors, all of whom are dedicated to their work.

Leaving this program, I have gained knowledge in facilitating playgroups, interacting in classrooms, and teaming with high schoolers around academic and social-emotional goals. I am indebted to to the Y for allowing me to grow my skills, and I will miss the warmth of this community.

By Anita Burton-Solnit

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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