Ruby Joseph, MPA
Ruby Joseph is an Assistant-In-Research in TREaD, Department of Child and Family Studies. Her primary interests are in research, evaluation, and service implementation of programs that benefit minority populations and communities. She is particularly interested in issues that affect the mental, educational, and social development of youth.
Ms. Joseph was the Principal Investigator/Program Director for the GEAR-UP program, which is a multi-year, federally and locally funded program that served low-income, minority youth by preparing them for graduation and placing them into post secondary careers in vocational/technical schools, community and four-year universities.
Her primary responsibilities involved directing and coordinating all major program activities with five full-time GEAR UP program faculty and staff and several part-time tutors. She collaborated with the School District of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough High School administrators and served as a liaison between the University's GEAR UP program and various community organizations in the Tampa Bay area.
More recently, Ms. Joseph spends her time building community collaborations with agencies that support students and their families in the Tampa Bay area. Ms. Joseph continues to work with community-based agencies and the Hillsborough Public Schools, and has now expanded her focus to include Pasco County youth. She has worked directly with the District School Board of Pasco County supporting their submittal of a federal educational intervention grant proposal.
As she collaborates with local grassroots entities, Ms. Joseph and her colleagues provide technical assistance and capacity building. She supports their grant proposals for service funding and assists them in developing better data collection and management processes.
Ms. Joseph also works in the School of Social Work where she evaluates several programs including a community-based job training program, a cultural arts educational arts program, and a college tutoring program for at-risk youth. In this capacity, she relies heavily on the prior evaluation and research experience, as well as her management experience on GEAR UP working with middle and high school students and young college student tutors.
Ms. Joseph continues to seek funding for programs that can support the successful development of at risk, low-income youth in both school and community settings, by developing and strengthening university-community collaborations, and submitting grant proposals to both federal agencies and private foundations, for the funding of such programs.