Mia Prohaska, MSW, is the Program Manager for Youth Era’s “Clackamas Drop,” a drop-in center serving youth and young adults in Clackamas County, Oregon. Mia believes that real social work means providing the tools and strategies that allow everyone’s unique strengths to shine. Before joining the Youth Era team in 2019, Mia’s notable accomplishments included helping craft HB 2940, a bill that reintroduced social workers to the Oregon education system. She also previously worked in Philadelphia, where she assisted in the creation of a curriculum to teach youth about advocacy.
Mia has lived experience working through mental health, as well as recovering from an eating disorder and growing up with her twin brother who is living with autism. In her role at Youth Era, Mia is responsible for the oversight of all Clackamas Drop programming, supervision for a team of youth peer support specialists, and county-wide outreach and advocacy efforts. Mia has increased youth attendance at her program by 68% and is proud to have reached many system-wary youth and young adults in the region. She believes that we must work to ensure all communities and voices have a seat at the table.
Mia was recently awarded the 2020 Super Heart Hero Ambassador Award for her outstanding advocacy efforts and commitment to the field of youth development. She has also garnered local and national media attention for her successes, most recently by Buzzfeed News.
Mia holds a master’s in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and is Fulbright Scholar.