MSW Student Story: Where Are They Now?

Last May, we featured Jabari Evans, a 2014 MSW@USC graduate who had big plans for his hometown of Chicago. We are always proud of the work our alumni do with their online master’s degree in social work, and we followed up with Jabari to see what he’s been up to since graduation. At the conclusion of his program, Jabari used his The Brainiac Project.

Set in the South Side of Chicago, The Brainiac Project is an organization that empowers at-risk youth by teaching them life skills, self-efficacy and entrepreneurship through the recording arts. By way of workshops, mentorship opportunities, educational support and access to a working studio, young men and women gain confidence, build character and forge a positive connection to their community.

Recently, Chicago Scholars, a foundation that helps prepare high school students for college and the workforce, recognized Jabari as one of the city’s most dynamic young leaders making a difference in the technology and media start-up sector. Jabari was honored as one of Chicago Scholars’ “35 under 35 Young Leaders Making an Impact” at the first UnTied Gala on April 24.

“If it wasn’t for the MSW@USC program, I would not have been inspired and confident enough to go after it and participate in as much community work with youth in Chicago as I have been able to do,” Jabari said while reflecting on his nomination. “The education USC provided to me has been the catalyst for this.”

We are so proud of this Trojan’s dedication and success, and we can’t wait to see how his positive influence evolves. Congratulations, Jabari!