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Helping Young Learners Cope

Updated: Aug 15, 2022


There are only so many generations of people who have lived through a pandemic, and even fewer who grew up in one. Young adults are facing a new world, but they’re not alone.


Patricia Smoot Wicks, MSW has built PATHworks! from the ground up as a “safe space for young adults and their families to get the support they need to be successful in their life.” A powerhouse for youth development, PATHworks! offers academic coaching and support groups for teens, consulting for youth organizations, and programs designed around the journey to being Adult Ready.


Wicks started her career in Chicago, getting her undergraduate degree in human development and social policy while researching the development of both people and organizations. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, she worked in the nonprofit industry, helping drive social and emotional learning.