courtney noel jackson -

Grambling university

Currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work, Courtney found an interest in behavioral health while volunteering at the crisis center. Most of her supervisors at the center were MSWs and LCSWs which inspired her to work towards her master’s.

She claims that during her first few years of undergraduate study, she had a hard time finding her niche; so she began volunteering at the crisis center.  It was there that she realized that she was skilled at crisis intervention and others appreciated her effort.

Courtney asserts that due to her time with the crisis center, “I knew my purpose and passion was not too far away, and I was right,” and that “I wouldn’t trade my social work profession or my experience at Grambling State University for anything in the world.”

Courtney also enjoys retail therapy, trying new food, and meeting new people. She is currently serving as Phi Alpha President for Grambling's Lambda Phi Chapter, and I serve as a Behavioral Health Ambassador.

la'tonya V.M.L. osborne - 

southeastern Louisiana university

A senior Child Welfare student scholar pursuing a BSW with a minor in Family Consumer Science, La’Tonya is also a mother of two boys and a full-time Behavioral Interventionist at Marrero Middle School. Her decision to participate in the student scholar program was inspired by Dr. Hebert, Mrs. Candice London-Miller, and Mrs. Elam and that, “These ladies not only inspire me, they pushed me to see the good that I do when I work with the children and families that I engage on a day to day basis.”

La’Tonya claims the decision to continue school while working and raising a family was a tough decision, however, it has been rewarding, not only to her but the children whom she serves. She often shares her experiences with them and encourages them to make positive decisions. The greatest reward for La’Tonya is having the responsibility of counseling students and parents regarding student behavior, creating intervention plans for students who need additional social and emotional support, supporting teachers by holding students accountable for their decisions, and mentoring students on the effects of their everyday choices. She takes pride in being a strong supportive advocate for the childr...

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