She currently oversees the Ben Center’s day-to-day operations and has served as mental health clinician at Ben Franklin High School since 2011. Heather supervises master of social work interns from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She also leads the attendance and student support teams at Ben Franklin High School. These teams facilitate solutions to address chronic absenteeism, suspensions, and other issues experienced by students. Through her social work interns, Heather combines individual-, group-, and community-level interventions that utilize Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Attachment framework. Through these interventions, there has been a 60% reduction of depressive symptoms among students in the program. Attendance at the school has increased from 71% to 83% and student suspensions have decreased. Heather created and spearheads BENFEST, the Ben Center’s annual community festival which brought out 400 community members in 2015 and 800 in 2016. Heather also helped to craft/create and now oversee the United Way Family Center.
In addition to her work at the Center, she also serves as a Governor appointed member of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services State Advisory Group, a field instructor for University of Maryland School of Social Work and Social Work Faculty for the LEAH training at John Hopkins University where multidisciplinary leaders in the field of adolescent health are trained – focusing on disproportionate minority health.
Currently, Mr. Buckson serves as Director of the United Way Family Center, where he oversees three initiatives, including Workforce Development, Family Services, and Child Development. Throughout his professional career, he has impacted many families in Maryland through his work of advocating for family stability and financial freedom.
Mr. Buckson earned his bachelor degree in Elementary Education, from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration through a collaborative program at the University of Baltimore & Coppin State University, in Baltimore, MD.
Anyone looking to contact Mr. Buckson, can reach him by contacting the Ben Franklin Center for Community Schools at 410-246-4486 or via email.
She currently oversees the integration of the community school strategy at Ben Franklin. Community schools in Baltimore City focus their work in six areas; youth development, enhanced academics and enrichment, health and social supports, family engagement, community development, and college and career. Kelly is also a member of the Curtis Bay Baltimarket team, and serves on the Baltimore Good Neighbors Coalition and the Masonville Cove Citizens Advisory Council