Social Work Passion Project

Empowering the next generation of social workers

Our MissioN:

The Social Work Passion Project started in December 2018 by Rebecca Gerstein, LCSW and Emilia Leon, LMSW during one of their lengthy conversations about the needs of social work students and new graduates. Rebecca and Emilia saw a gap in services for social workers looking for jobs, inquiring about licensing and hoping to network. They saw that social workers were hungry and eager for these connections but did not know where to turn. So, the Social Work Passion Project was born. Due to a high volume of need, Rebecca and Emilia welcomed Elana Axelrod, LCSW to the Social Work Passion Project team in mid-February 2019.

Services Provided:

We are here to help you with your resume, licensing questions, networking, job interviewing skills, stress management and more! We focus on providing inclusive and culturally sensitive services.

Please note that we do not provide clinical supervision towards clinical hours.

If you have any questions or concerns you can email

About Rebecca…

Rebecca is currently in private practice part-time while holding a full-time position as Parent Center Program Coordinator at Henry Street Settlement. In her full-time job Rebecca facilitates groups for family -court-mandated parents, expectant parents, and parents of babies/toddlers and parents impacted by trauma using evidence-based group curriculums. Rebecca writes curriculum and facilitates groups for parents with special needs children, as well as for an emotional-regulation group for parents. Rebecca also worked at Henry Street Settlement’s outpatient mental health clinic before starting her private practice. Prior to working at Henry Street Settlement Rebecca worked for four years as a transfer school social worker for over aged and under credited students struggling with anxiety, depression, fear of failure and executive functioning. She has also worked as research assistant at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Rebecca is a current trainee at the Ackerman Instutite for the Family and practices through a relational, anti-racist, feminist and LGBTQI affirming lens. Due to Rebecca’s extensive and diverse experience in the field of social work, she is eager to help social work students and newly licensed social workers find meaningful work.

About Elana…

For the last four years, Elana have been working as a school-based social worker, helping families navigate the education system while providing mental health services. Elana has had the privilege developing skills all levels of social work practice, including case management, crisis management, and therapeutic interventions.  Elana is a trainee at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and utilizes a relational framework her practice, in addition to a trauma informed lens. Elana is SIFI (seminar in field instruction) certified and has experience supervising interns in field and helping them develop their professional identities. She looks forward to coaching individuals as they explore what social work has to offer. 

About Emilia…

Emilia recently graduated from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. She comes to the field with endless enthusiasm for helping social work students and new social workers find their footing after graduate school. Emilia is currently a social worker at Henry Street Settlement’s Parent Center, and was hired there after demonstrating exceptional skills a an intern. Before coming to Henry Street Emilia interned at Mount Sinai’s Adolescent Health Center and was a Resident’s Assistant (RA) at Stony Brook University.