Kenton Kirby, LMSW completed a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. With nearly 15 years of experience in the field Mr. Kirby previously worked in foster care and child welfare with ACS as well as a Forensic Social worker throughout the New York court system.
Kenton has worked as an adjunct lecturer at the graduate and undergraduate level in New York City and has a wide array of experience providing individual and group therapy to those with complex mental health needs in sex offender, parenting, and drug treatment programs.
In his current role as the Director of Clinical and Trauma Support Services at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, Kenton is one of the founders in developing and the implementation of the Make it Happen program. Funded through OVC (Office of Victims of Crime), Make it Happen is a revolutionary and nationally recognized program model which provides mentoring, intensive case management, clinical interventions, and supportive workshops to young men of color ages 16-24 who have been impacted by violence. Through a trauma-informed and culturally competent approach participants are challenged to think about how their definition of manhood is intertwined in trauma and the implications it has on stereotypical gender roles. Mr. Kirby has presented at a number of local, national and international conferences on the success of Make It Happen and the program’s approach to trauma, healing and advocacy for victims. Through an expansion, Make it Happen is now participating in a number of inter-agency collaborations to integrate this model into other parts of New York City and across the country utilizing the program’s trauma toolkit “Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach for Your Community”.
Kenton was awarded the 2016 Emerging Leader Award by the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter (NASW-NYC). He was also the recipient of the Community Impact Award from the Urban Justice Center in 2017.