May 11, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Crittenton Services for Children and Families
Fullerton, Calif. – Crittenton Services for Children and Families (CSCF) is proud to announce the agency’s nomination and selection as this year’s recipient of the Most Committed Partner award by both the CSUF Social Work Department and the CSUF Center for Internship & Community Engagement (CICE).
Each year CICE hosts its annual Community Engagement Awards as a way to highlight students, faculty and community partners in their efforts to strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community.
CICE’s main mission is to bring faculty, students, and community partners together to create high impact practices for student success.
“Our collaborative partnership with CSUF extends learning from the classroom to the community, giving students experiential learning opportunities that will build their skills, their resumes, and their ability to positively impact the world around them. It is truly a win-win,” said Joyce Capelle, Chief Executive Officer, CSCF, “We are honored to have worked alongside outstanding faculty and staff of CSUF for more than a decade, in order to provide students practical work experience while at the same time making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable youth.”
Under the “Stellar Support of Students” category the CSUF Department of Social Work nominated Crittenton as an organization that has made a difference in the career trajectory of students via mentorship. As part of the non-profit’s mission, Crittenton, has made it a part of its strategic plan to make the idea of a “teaching institution” a reality and part of the overall agency culture. For its efforts in guiding and mentoring students Crittenton has been recognized for going above and beyond its duties as an experiential learning host site.
In addition, as of 2015 both Crittenton and CSUF celebrate a 10-year anniversary working together to serve vulnerable children and their families curtail the effects of child abuse, neglect and trauma.
Since the inception of this evidenced-based field placement opportunity numerous social services, human services, and social work students have been able to take ample opportunity to earn academic units, licensing requirements and gain valuable work experience at a nationally accredited agency.
In fact, throughout this 10-year partnership period roughly 121 undergraduates and 35 graduate students from CSUF have been given the opportunity to take part of a non-profit’s mission with a connection to a proud national child welfare legacy that goes back to 1883. And nearly 30 CSUF students have been hired as Crittenton employees via this partnership.
At the helm of this internship program collaboration with CSUF is none other than executive team member and CSUF Alumna, Denise Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Crittenton Services.
Cunningham has been a strong advocate of community partnerships between Crittenton and higher education institutions, and has also served in the capacity of a mentor. Her commitment to student success is such that as of this year the CSUF Social Work Department has appointed her Chairperson of the department’s advisory council.
To build tomorrow’s workforce in the human services fields it takes the acquisition of knowledge in the classroom in tandem with developing skill-sets in the community. Crittenton’s partnership with CSUF is an excellent example of this collaborative approach to developing effective practitioners and future change agents.
- 2015 Most Committed Partner Video – Crittenton Services
- 2015 CSUF Community Engagement Awards Honorees
- Crittenton and CSUF Department of Social Work Partnership Photos
- Crittenton Internship Program Information: Graduate Student & Undergraduate Student
Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966 Crittenton has a highly trained workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive counseling, medical, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a full array of residential, in-home, community based, wraparound, mental health, transitional age youth, foster care, and adoption services with a service planning area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties.
Topics: Non-Profit, Social Services, Child Welfare, Human Services, Social Work, Community Partnerships, CSU Fullerton, CSU Fullerton Center for Internships and Community Engagement, CSU Fullerton Department of Social Work, 2015 CSUF Community Engagement Awards, Internship Program, Interns, Mental Health Services, Adolescent and Children’s Mental Health, Community Based Services, Residential Treatment Services, Youth Shelter Services, Wraparound Family Services, Foster Care Program, Crittenton Services for Children and Families
Geography: Los Angeles County, Calif., Orange County Calif., Fullerton, Calif., San Bernardino County, Calif., Riverside County, Calif.