The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services (PGCDSS) functions as the lead agency for the School and Community Engagement Advocates Program. This program places full time Department employees called Community Resource Advocates or School and Community Engagement Advocates in 40 schools located in the County and School System as needing additional supports.
The School and Community Engagement Advocates Program is designed to ensure that families receive services and supports necessary to address social and/or emotional issues that may negatively affect a child’s ability to attend school fully available to learn.
Once a School and Community Engagement Advocates determines the needs of the student and family, their main role is to connect children, youth, and families to services and supports both inside and outside the Department.
Remove barriers to academic success
Offer food security/income stabilization
Connect to community resources
Create protective environments for children
Assist with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Needs
Support improved academic performance
Develop, implement, and support school wide initiatives on specific topics/issues relevant to student success and family stability