Tricia McGuiness is a dedicated social worker seekng to empower youth and families. Tricia brings to her role as Program Officer, an expertise in youth development, family engagement, and staff coaching. She has worked for more than a decade in direct service roles in a variety of settings including after school programs, schools, hospitals, and mental health facilities. Tricia also has a penchant for research, policy, and evaluation and is currently one of 25 National After School Matters Fellows contributing to research in the out-of-school time field. She has worked in the nonprofit sector in Boston, fostering the social-emotional capacities of young women and men and also strengthening the quality of youth programming by helping organizations access and utilize data for ongoing program improvement. As a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Tricia began her career in the mental health and juvenile justice field before focusing on roles in prevention. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts from Stonehill College with a focus on Criminal Justice and Psychology.