Support Services are services provided to students in the schools in Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale, and Cobb counties who are receiving the Real Essentials curriculum.
Our facilitators make referrals based on the students which have been randomly assigned to receive the instruction and their parents have consented to the program.
The students we refer have been assessed as being high risk due to any concerning changes in their attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Our responsibility is to meet the students where they are at, assess for their job skills and personal needs, create a plan, and make referrals in the community to help strengthen the individual and the family unit.
The Support Services Team includes Case Managers.
SAMANTHA GIBSON, LCSW, SRAS
Samantha Gibson, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with about 13 years of varied experience in the fields of education, youth services, social work, counseling services, and mental health. Ms. Gibson is a University of Georgia graduate, or as she calls it a “Double Dawg,” with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work. As mentioned before, she has experienced working in all units of Child Protective Services Case Management for the Department of Family and Children Services; working in jail and prisons as a Counselor completing therapy, assessments, evaluations; worked with domestic violence and sex trafficking agencies serving victims doing crisis intervention, safety planning, therapy, assessments and evaluations; worked with nonprofits serving youth providing case management services; worked as an executive director of a non profit; worked one on one with clients in the capacity of a Therapist/Coach, and as a consultant to nonprofits.
She loves what she does and is highly passionate about the work she does. She desires to make as much of an impact as possible within the populations she has the opportunity to work with. Of all the populations she has has been blessed to work with, she loves working the most with women and adolescents/teenagers. She has been working as the Case Manager Supervisor for More Than Conquerors, Inc. for almost 3 years.
ANEESAH EL-AMIN, LMSW, SRAS
Aneesah began her professional career with MTCI in 2015. She is a 2008 B.S graduate of Georgia Southern University and 2015 MSW graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She began her career in social work indirectly by volunteering as a mentor at middle schools in Savannah, GA and working with the MH/MR/SA in Statesboro, GA while in college. Following her path of working with youth she enrolled back into school to obtain a Masters in Teaching Middle Grades, but she realized her passion was much deeper than teaching. In the fall of 2013, she pursued her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Families and Children. Working as a substitute teacher in DeKalb County for 3 years and interning in the school system, she realized that the youth she taught and mentored suffered. They were not only suffering in the home from lack of resources but also the knowledge of accessible resources which impacted their school life.
As a case manager for MTCI, she is referred students by the educators and assess the students for their needs. She also provides resources from childcare to housing to free and low cost clinics to families and children in the following counties: Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton and Cobb.
HEIDI MEJIA, BSW
Heidi began her professional career at MTCI in 2021. She is a 2018 B.S.W. graduate of Eastern University. Her first experience working with the community was in 2015 in the Foster Care System as a Case Aide, working with children who suffer from abuse or neglect—helping them overcome their trauma by finding a family that can provide them a better life and a brighter future. Continuing her career path, she decided to become part of the prevention team and work as a truancy case manager, providing resources, information, and community linkages to help families overcome barriers and ensure their needs are met. While working as a Truancy Case Manager, she enrolled back to school to obtain a Master's in school counselor at Messiah University. Her main goal as a school counselor is to help families become more independent by teaching them to be more resilient. As a school counselor, she wants to guide and help teens make good decisions that will help them build a bright future.
As a Case Manager for MTCI, she is referred to students by the educators and assesses the students for their needs. She also provides resources from childcare to free and low-cost clinics to families and children in the following counties: Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton, and Cobb.
SYDNEY B. HARVEY, LMSW, SRAS
Sydney B. Harvey joined the MTCI family as Case Manager in 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Family and Consumer Sciences in Child & Family Development and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2009. Upon graduation, Sydney worked as a high school teacher for underprivileged students, and then a Community Support Individual for children in the child welfare system. These experiences added to her passion for improving the well-being of children and families, but Sydney felt the need to increase her skills, expertise, and training. Therefore, she obtained a Master of Social Work degree from UGA in 2015. Afterward, she served as Program Coordinator for a Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education program serving adult couples and single parents. In her current role as Case Manager, Sydney offers mental health referrals, academic aid, grief support, and financial resources to teens. She also responds to issues of child abuse and neglect and advocates for students in crisis situations.
Sydney is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS), and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Provider. Sydney enjoys building relationships and having fun with her husband and two children, as well as her extended and spiritual family.