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Scott A. Kramer, LCSW, ACSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice working with the LGBTQ community in New York City. in 2007, Scott graduated SUNY Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare and started work as the Prevention Social Worker in the Youth Enrichment Services program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. In 2009, he accepted the Supervising Counselor position at the Hetrick-Martin Institute and in 2010 received his SIFI certification from Columbia University School of Social Work. One of Scott's main goals as a social worker is to help empower people living with HIV/AIDS to lead a fulfilling life, free from stigma and fear. He accomplishes this by being a social worker who is open to both clients and colleagues about being a gay man and living with AIDS since 1995. In August 2010 Scott developed "Hi-fIVe - A Support Group for Gay Men Living with HIV/AIDS in New York City" a low-cost, weekly support group for adult gay men living with HIV/AIDS. "Hi-fIVe" has a monthly topic and is continually well attended. Scott is a 2010 recipient of the NASW-NYC Social Work Emerging Leader Award, and has presented at the Boston College National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS each year since 2010. He has been involved with Cycle for the Cause, a 275 mile bike ride fundraiser for the LGBT Center of Manhattan's HIV/AIDS services, as a pos-ped crew member since 2009. For more information about Scott A. Kramer, LCSW, ACSW and his work, please visit his website at www.scottakramer.com
Alicia Cinnamon: is a native Torontonian, who grew up in a small community located In the metropolitan area before moving to Scarborough, where music and entertainment were a big part of everyday culture. She started performing at local block parties at the age of seven as a member of a music duo. Her musical ability was soon enhanced under the influences of artists Lauryn Hill, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Faith Evans, Tupac, and SWV.
However, unsure of what to do with her unique, mature sound and messages, Alicia Cinnamon stayed behind-the-scenes writing over two hundred songs until a local rapper discovered her in a karaoke bar. She then started singing hooks for his record label, Time Wasted.
In 2011, Alicia Cinnamon decided to further her career and began performing at local clubs, weddings, and birthdays, which eventually landed her showcases and media attention. She was featured by CBC News as one of ten Black Canadians making a difference in the community, after hearing a powerful song she made dedicated to Tyson Bailey, a young man who was gunned down in the Regent Park area in Toronto in January 2013.
Furthermore, with a number of over twenty songs recorded, Alicia's debut mixtape titled, A Dash of Cinnamon, is set to drop this fall. Her fans still continue to connect with two of her most popular songs “Liar's Game”, a catchy track about the relationship of a scorned female, and “I Can't Breathe”, the emotional tribute song to the young murder victim.
Now, with her fan base growing around the local Toronto music scene, anticipation is also building for Alicia Cinnamon’s upcoming mixtape, which features production by Alex Villasana, Jay Beatz, Franchise, and DJ Laz Vagez.
Alicia Richardson: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). Alicia started working with non-profits in 1999 contract positions with Children and Family Services AKA C.P.S. Working in the field with parents who had lost their children due to drugs and or mental illness inspired Alicia to obtain her masters degree and work towards licensure, she has great deal of love and compassion for people of all walks of life. She learned that "they know not what they do" and have become products of their environment. She believes that with therapy, and other services, and education the cycle can be broken. Alicia became accredited in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) in 2008 and began teaching parenting classes all through Contra Costa County. This parenting program is in about 23 different countries (originated in Australia ) by psychologist Dr. Matthew Sanders. Alicia a small private practice, work full time with Youth Homes Inc. as a Transitional Age Youth Clinician, and teach Triple P via C.O.P.E. (another child abuse prevention agency).
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