Faculty Spotlight

Henrika McCoy

Associate Professor Henrika McCoy has completed four years as principal investigator on a project to reduce homelessness among LGBTQ youth. Called 3/40 Blueprint, the project focused on identifying the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth and the strategies that respond to their needs, in order to facilitate successful transitions to adulthood.

The research team has launched a beautiful new website at 340blueprintproject.com that presents their findings, including downloadable executive summaries and a multitude of infographics.

About the project, McCoy says, “3/40 Blueprint provided us with an opportunity to share the voices of a very vulnerable population, as well as provide practitioners, working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced transitional living programs, information that can support and strengthen their practice. Our website provides a user-friendly place for anyone that is interested in finding succinct reports that compile existing research, as well as our own original research. We see this as a chance to assist in efforts to decrease homelessness for a group that is often ignored, forgotten, and certainly underserved.”

Alumnus Spotlight

Beth Tumiel

What do girls sports programs in the U.S. have in common with those in Pakistan? More than you might think, especially when it comes to empowering girls and young women.

That’s what JACSW alum Elizabeth Tumiel, MSW ‘07 discovered when she travelled to Pakistan in April 2017. Tumiel is programs director at Girls in the Game (GiG), a Chicago-based organization that helps girls find their voice and discover their strength through sports, health and leadership programs. GiG was part of a U.S. envoy that made site visits to exchange information and best practices with a similar program in Pakistan called Right to Play, which works in partnership with the international organization Women Win.

The envoy was in Pakistan for a little over a week, and made visits to seven girls sports programming sites in the cities of Islamabad and Karachi. “Anytime we made a site visit, the first thing we did was to play with the girls, to engage in their curriculum or their sport, which was awesome,” explains Tumiel.

Tumiel was impressed by the passion she saw in the communities she visited. “It was really eye-opening and inspiring to see so many people who were so dedicated to this work. A lot of those people aren’t paid for it, but they are passionate about getting the work done,” she says. “It inspired me to think about my own work as being service work, because that’s definitely what it seems like in Pakistan.”

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