Alumnus Sean Borth graduated in 2010 and went to Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas. While in high school Borth participated in choir and NHS.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating from Legacy, I began college at TCC,” Borth said. “I had no idea what career path I wanted to take at that point, but I knew that college was on the agenda. I was only at TCC for a year when I realized that I had a passion to pursue social work. In 2011, I transferred to the University of North Texas where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) in 2013. During my last semester, I interned with Child Protective Services in Tarrant County, which ultimately led to my first professional job out of school as a Conservatorship CPS caseworker. I then went onto work for Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County, where I have been for 3 years.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Like I said previously, social work was never on my radar while going through high school,” Borth said. “Although, I was motivated to go to college, I didn’t have much direction when I began. It wasn’t until my mother introduced me to the profession when I realized that social work embodied everything that I was passionate about; helping others, empowering people to make change, and nurturing their strengths. I was reluctant at first to pursue it because of the stigma that surrounded social work, but I don’t regret it one bit.”
Explain your job now.
“Currently, I work as a social worker with Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County,” Borth said. “Communities in Schools is a nationally recognized non-profit focused on dropout prevention. To accomplish its mission, social workers are placed in high need schools to support and provide services to the students. I have been at Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth ISD for 3 years, case managing 88 at-risk 6th-8th grade students. This job is one of the most rewarding jobs that I have ever been blessed to do. At Leonard MS, I get to walk alongside my students as they experience struggles, but ultimately triumph when it seems like the odds are stacked against them. Sometimes, the job itself is tough, because days aren’t always rainbows and butterflies, but I can’t say that there has ever been a day in my 3 years of working that I have not wanted to go to work.”
What are your plans for the future?
“Well, I’m most excited that my near future will include marrying the man of my dreams in May,” Borth said. “In the next year or so, I also plan to go back to school to obtain a Masters in Social Work and Business. My biggest goal, however, is to eventually open a community outreach coffee shop within DFW; one that services the homeless population by partnering with various community agencies and giving out coffee through a pay it forward program. I love people, and the more I can impact, the better.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice to current high schoolers is to pursue your passions and to not sell yourself short,” Borth said. “While you’re in high school, surround yourself with people that are going to support you as you pursue these passions. Whether these people are friends, teachers, counselors, principals, or family, only listen to the voices that are encouraging you to be your best self. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you aren’t capable of success. You are amazing and able to do anything that you set your mind to.”