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Service Learning

Barry University School of Social Work emphasizes the value and significance of academic growth within a social service setting. BSW students are required to venture out from their familiar traditional classroom and engage in community based experiential learning. For social work students this experiential format involves working with vulnerable populations in social service settings across Miami-Dade and neighboring counties.

This past spring semester, the School of Social Work partnered with the following organizations to bring forth a successful experiential learning experience for our BSW students:

BSW students participated with Food for the Poor, an international organization that provides both emergency supplies and sustainable living education (e.g., creation of tilapia fishing ponds) that helps developing nations. The students focused on increasing global hunger awareness, collecting supplies and raising funds during their service learning experience.


Five students participated with the Special Olympics of South Florida, an international organization that promotes the dignity of individuals with intellectual disabilities by facilitating their participation in athletic competitions. The students supervised volunteer involvement for the Summer Games in April 2014.

Eight students participated at Sinai Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Sinai offers rehabilitation as well as long-term care to a variety of diverse patients. For their service learning experience, students visited individual patients and facilitated group activities.

Nine students participated at Gratigny Elementary School, a public elementary school in Miami-Dade County. Barry students tutored elementary school students and worked in the school's media center.

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