Kassia R. Ringell is the Co-Director of the Step-Up Program. She has been a team member since 2011, and has served as the primary editor of the Step-Up Curriculum, an evidence-informed, Positive Youth Development Model; in close collaboration with staff and youth participants. With 15 years of practice experience in the areas of group work, family, and adolescent development, Ringell possesses a passion for child advocacy and in addition, seeks to enhance the profession through her teaching and training of social work interns.
Prior to joining McSilver, Ringell worked on the MFG (Multi-family Group) pilot, now “4 R’s/2 S’s,” as a Research Coordinator. Post graduate school, Ringell was a social worker on a school-based grant at Grand Street Settlement, one of the largest social services organizations in New York City, which served vulnerable, middle and high school-aged youth, at-risk for school removal. Ringell is a proud alum of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, a member of IASWG (International Association of Social Work Groups), and a “friend” to the New York City Public Library.