Child & Family Services’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Selected as Host Site for UB Social Impact Fellows (SIF) Program

Buffalo, NY – After a competitive application process that drew a high level of interest from the Western New York business and non-profit community, Child & Family Services’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is honored to be selected as one of eight host sites for the inaugural UB Social Impact Fellows (SIF) Program.  A partnership between UB’s School of Management and School of Social Work in collaboration with Blackstone LaunchPad, the program will afford entrepreneurial-minded students the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to address societal issues in an eight-week summer placement. As a forerunner in occupational justice practices, C&FS EAP operates on the understanding that every worker must have access to a broad array of community resources that support their personal and occupational success.  Operating as a true social-enterprise model, EAP provides direct, fee-for-service social supports to companies across all industries in WNY, improving stability for an evolving workforce. Throughout their placement at C&FS EAP that begins this week, two Social Impact Fellows will explore how occupational injustices show up in the fabric of the WNY workforce and will assess opportunities for improved access to resources. Fellows will focus on marginalized groups of workers, who may be more vulnerable to occupational injustice including cultural, religious, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ workers, those re-entering the workforce after incarceration, persons with substance use disorders, mental health challenges, refugees and others.

The SIF experience prepares students to use principles of entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices to address social issues.

To learn more, please contact Julie Loesch, Esq., Director CRJ & EAP, Center for Resolution and Justice, Child & Family Services at jloesch@cfsbny.org or (716) 335-7106.