Profile: NCCU MSW intern Faith Thomas-Lewis
Faith Thomas-Lewis has always had a passion for helping young people. In high school, she worked with young kids as part of the YMCA youth council. Her passion for service led to a bachelor’s degree in social work from North Carolina Central University (NCCU), followed by admission to NCCU’s Masters of Social Work (MSW) program. During the 2019-2020 school year, Faith interned with Rebound.
Along with her fellow interns, Faith quickly became involved in the daily life of the program. She helped with entry forms, performed exit interviews, and planned activities to foster social-emotional learning. One of her favorite activities involved having Rebound students write a letter to themselves in 5 years. She hopes that this letter will remind students “how far they have come and how far they have to go, and that they have made some good choices just by participating in Rebound.”
Working with Rebound gave Faith more confidence in her ability to serve older kids. She also very much appreciated the opportunity to serve Durham teenagers, some of whom she already knew from her work with the YMCA or from her own neighborhood. “I’m from Durham,” Faith explains, “I want to make sure that the kids behind me are doing what they need to do and have a good role model.”
Congratulations to Faith on her recent graduation, completing the MSW degree in just one year! We are certain that she has a bright future in service ahead of her.
More about the NCCU MSW Internship Program
Faith is just one of many amazing NCCU interns to work with Rebound over the years. The eight-month long program allows aspiring social workers to put their training into practice. According to Dionne Moore, the MSW program’s Director of Field Education, Rebound interns “develop advanced social work skills, cultivate empathy, and gain confidence in their professional identity.”
During their time at Rebound, interns develop relationships with Rebound students. ReCenter Director Jen Taylor observes that these relationships help Rebound students see higher education as a viable option. “This program,” she explains, “shows Rebound students what can be achieved if they stick with school.”
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, NCCU’s MSW program will be entirely online this year. Rebound and NCCU are, however, committed to finding ways for MSW interns to support Durham high school students. Moore says that, “Rebound is one of those partners that is thinking very creatively about how to provide the highest quality social work experience that we can.”
This year’s interns will have new challenges, but we are confident that they will succeed. We cannot wait to meet them.