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Bamboozled: My Real Title Is “Caseworker”

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Bamboozled: My Real Title Is “Caseworker”

The Struggles of Being a CaseworkerI’ve been bamboozled. My organization blindfolded me and spun me around like a piñata before selling me a dream of my current position of “mentor.” That is indeed my job title but you tell me. Does a “mentor” walk into filthy practically neglected homes?
Does a “mentor” instruct a child to get off the computer/do the activity/
come to the center repeatedly at a daily rate? What say you, Pepitas? Am I a mentor or a caseworker?

My day consists of doing school check ins, data entry, home visits, drop offs, and coercing students to come in to the center that I work for. If you look closely at the day to day of a caseworker, it is identical to my work day. If you look even closer, you will see our dwindling bank accounts also match.

I never thought I’d be a caseworker. When in college, I wondered how sociology majors wrote essays about the welfare system and studied up on child sevices. Working in this capacity was never a dream. Shit, for me it’s one of the most unappealing positions a person could hold. Now, here I am. Sujeiry Gonzalez, Caseworker. The title might be “mentor” but I am fully aware of my role with these children and parents. I am a hand holder for those who don’t care or don’t know how to do and be better. I am a parent figure to schools who get no response from the parents of the troubled child. Lastly, I am the fed up, indifferent “mentor” who is terrified of the neighborhoods she frequents (the Subway Restaurant three blocks from my job was held up at gunpoint last week).

I am Sujeiry Gonzalez. A woman who has bigger dreams and is counting the days when she returns to safety and the role of “full time artist”.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of LoveSujeiry.com. She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto LoveSujeiry.com - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on Latina.com works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.

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