George Brager


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(1922–2003) George Brager was a nationally recognized social work educator, practice scholar, social activist and administrator. Trained in group work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, during the 1950s Brager served as Executive Director of the Mount Vernon YM and YWHA, an agency particularly respected for its social activism and progressive programming. In 1960 Brager became a founding director of Mobilization for Youth (MFY) on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Under Brager's leadership MFY emerged as the conceptual prototype for the programs, which would constitute the War on Poverty in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The program concept—programs which created social and economic opportunity for clients—represented a radical departure from earlier social program models. Brager's scholarship focused on community and organizational practice including Community Action Against Poverty: Readings from the Mobilization Experience (with Francis Purcell), Community Organizing (with Harry Spect), and Changing Human Service Organizations and Supervising in the Human Services (both with Stephen Holloway).


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