Grand Challenges Student Competition 2018-2019

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On April 2, 2019, six finalists presented their concepts at the #NYUSilverUp4TheChallenge student competition in front of a panel of judges, as well as friends, family, and peers. Dean Guterman awarded the winners: Anna Nathanson was designated the Grand Challenges for Social Work Scholar and received a $1,000 Grand Prize for her concept addressing the intersection of race within homelessness prevention; and the Honorable Mention and $200 prize was awarded to ViniNatalie Zaninovic for her concept to integrate a social model for treatment to Ensure Healthy Development for All Youth. Read our coverage of the competition finals to learn more about the winning concepts and the other finailsts.

The #NYUSilverUp4theChallenge enabled participants to explore the Grand Challenges and their connection to social work values, while exercising creative and effective means for dealing with social problems. The 12 Grand Challenges are focused on improving the well-being of individuals and families and are designed to strengthen the social fabric, in order to create a more just society. With our education, training, and commitment to the ethics, values and principles established by the profession, social workers are on the front-lines of this dynamic social agenda. We are looking forward to the future of Grand Challenges for Social Work at NYU Silver.

2019 Grand Challenges for Social Work Student Scholar

Mary, Anna, and Dean Guterman pose with Anna's Award for Grand Challenges Student Scholar

Anna Nathanson, MSW 2019
Winner of $1,000 Grand Prize
Concept: The Intersection of Race and Homelessness Prevention

2019 Honorable Mention

Mary, ViniNatalie, and Dean Guterman Pose with ViniNatalie's Award for Honorable mention

ViniNatalie Zaninovic
Winner of $200 Prize
Concept: Integrating a Social Model for Treatment