Shauna Brooks found her rightful place as a social worker after fifteen years of project management experience in the information technology field. She started her first job as a youth care worker with the Florence Crittenton Agency (FCA) in 2010 while enrolled in the College of Social Work bachelor’s program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After earning a BSSW in 2012, Shauna continued in their graduate program, earning an MSSW in Management, Leadership and Community Practice in 2014.
In addition to working for FCA throughout school, Brooks had field placements with the Youth Villages Transitional Living Program (TLP), Project Grad’s College Access office at Fulton High School, and National Safe Place Network (NSPN). She also worked as a Youth Advocate in Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) programs, primarily with transition age youth in their TLP before joining the NSPN Team as a full-time staff member in 2015 (now a Performance and Evaluation Specialist). Brooks is a Child and Youth Care (CYC) Foundations trainer for National Safe Place Network and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC).