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Intern Brittnee Smith Receives University of Akron LIFE Award


We are thrilled to share Brittnee Smith was named the Outstanding Adult/Nontraditional Learner Award at the University of Akron’s 2023 LIFE Award program held in April. The Outstanding Adult/Nontraditional Learner Award requires a recommendation application and is presented annually to adult/nontraditional learners that have exhibited outstanding achievements while pursuing a degree at The University of Akron. Applicants must be 25 years or older, currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours while working full time or enrolled in 12 credit hours, have completed a minimum of 64 credit hours and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


Brittnee joined Family Promise of Summit County as an intern in the Fall of 2022 and has spent her senior year providing Trauma Informed Care for the families we serve. “Over the past 5 to 6 years we have had outstanding interns completing their course work here at Family Promise.” Said Jeff Wilhite, Executive Director. “They have been a major asset to the mission. I can honestly say Brittnee is a standalone, stand out professional. She has been quick to learn and has offered exceptional input to FP. I have no doubt that she will be an exceptional Case Manager to the families she will serve in her career.”


Brittnee receives her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in May 2023. She has been an active member of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society during her time at UA.


After graduation, she plans to remain in the helping field of social work and continue raising her three beautiful children. During her internship at FPSC, Brittnee has learned how the organization not only shelters families experiencing homelessness, but also provides tools for sustainability by providing trauma informed case management, community resources, and advocacy. She was able to experience this firsthand by helping others while practicing the values of human dignity and worth, social justice, and integrity that FPSC is committed to.

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