Ann Marie Stout, an Alvernia social work major, addresses needs in the local community to tackle poverty, drug addiction, limited education and poor resources. Having completed an internship at the Salvation Army Pathway of Hope Program, Stout gained work experience in how to help break the cycle of poverty and assist parents with goal attainment.
“I chose social work because I wanted to help serve others in meaningful ways. I would just like to touch as many lives as possible and know that the services I provided will empower them to succeed in their own goals.
“It is very insightful to see how a social service agency runs. The networking between different agencies in Berks County has given me professional experience that will help after graduation. I can work at the micro, mezzo or macro level with so many different populations of people."
A Reading local, Stout plans to remain in Berks County after graduating in May 2019. “I feel like I would not be who I am today if I was not raised in Reading. I would like to find employment in the juvenile justice system. At this point, I am seeing where God takes me on my journey.”
She is considering returning to Alvernia to pursue the new Master in Social Work program, launching fall 2019.
Ann Marie Stout
Class of 2019