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.
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.