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Co-Founder / Program Director

Meghann Newell, MSW, LCSW, is a Social Worker in Santa Barbara County. As an undergraduate student at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), she began volunteering with Freedom 4 Youth, while she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Applied Psychology. In collaboration with Freedom 4 Youth, she co-founded the Freedom 4 Youth Advocates at UCSB to support college students as mentors for youth in the juvenile justice system.


While in her Master of Social Work program at California State University Fullerton she interned as a school-based Mental Health Social Worker with the Pomona Unified School District, and as a Clinical Therapist for Riverside County Department of Mental Health at a children’s outpatient clinic. Meghann was awarded the Outstanding Master’s Project from her graduating class. Her research explored gender-specific social-environment effects on self-regulatory risk factors of delinquency among youth in the juvenile justice system. She has studied abroad in Indonesia with an emphasis on Eastern literature and philosophy and participated in the first-ever scientific survey of butterflies in the Tompotika area of Indonesia and assisted in projects that empowered local communities in conservation efforts.


Meghann’s research received the California Social Work Education Center research award and she presented her findings at the Society for Social Work Research national conference in Washington DC. Currently Meghann works as a Clinical Supervisor at Casa Pacifica. Meghann continues to volunteer with Freedom4Youth.