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My Journey to Becoming a Black Male Social Worker-bookcover

By: Debonico Aleski Brandy-Williams

My Journey to Becoming a Black Male Social Worker

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This book is a frank and detailed telling of experiences of racism, lack of support and the challenges experienced on the quest to become a social worker. Debonico Aleski Brandy-Williams holds nothing back and is unapologetic in highlighting the positives and negatives of his journey this far. He feels that as a black male social worker, his story is one that should be told.

He has a passion and a drive to help young people, especially young black boys/men, achieve their full potential and considers himself an advocate of finding new, innovative, and unconventional ways to engage and communicate with young people. Aleski is also interested in how young people use trust as a sacred commodity and to this extent, he has developed and is doing further research on a concept he has conceived called the ‘Paradigms of Youth Trust’.

Aleski decided to write this book to highlight the challenges and obstacles faced by black social workers as they start and continue their chosen career path. He has used his personal experiences, along with some of his previous research from his postgraduate dissertation which was entitled The Black Male Effect: Challenges & Experiences of Young Black Male Social Workers in Children and Young People Services.

Aleski hopes that this book is enjoyed by all who read it, and that it will help to continue the conversations and changes that needs to happen within the social work sector. He also wants to encourage more young black men to become social workers and make a difference in the lives of children, young people, and their families.

Debonico Aleski Brandy-Williams hails from the British Virgin Islands, but spent his formative years growing up in the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Christopher and Nevis, more commonly known as Saint Kitts and Nevis. He is the third of six siblings from a single parent household. Debonico, or Aleski, as he is more widely known by, is quite vocal and unapologetic on social issues that he is passionate about, and is not afraid to use his voice, verbal or written, to fight for and stand up for what is right and for what is fair. Aleski holds a BSc in Criminology and Youth Studies from London Metropolitan University, and a MA in social work from Middlesex University in London, United Kingdom.

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