Who I Am
Born in New York and raised by a single immigrant mother with two of his four siblings, Dalbin attended an alternative junior high school and an alternative high school where smaller class sizes and a lack of standardized tests were staples. Dalbin received his Bachelors in Business Administration degree after overseeing three Title IV programs in under-performing schools in Manhattan and the Bronx. Dalbin transitioned to a leadership position for the BELL Foundation after serving as a Teacher's Assistant for four years and then an Enrichment Teacher for an additional year. During his time working in education, Dalbin grew to appreciate the academic struggles that children in low-income communities faced, but came to realize he did not understand the family dynamics that contributed to those difficulties. Dalbin transitioned to a Case Planner's position with Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare organization. During his time at Graham-Windham, Dalbin primarily provided case management and family stabilization services to families that were facing challenges ranging from educational neglect to domestic violence. During Dalbin's time at Graham-Windham, he co-founded the Harlem Bengals, a youth leadership academy designed to provide an avenue for the youth to get involved in community service projects while developing their leadership skills. Dalbin was awarded the Graham-Windham Mission Award given to social workers who exemplify a commitment to the organization's mission.
Dalbin moved to Maryland in 2015 after graduating with Honors from Hunter College's School of Social Work. While at Hunter, Dalbin became a Golden Key Honor Society member and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. Dalbin was hired as a foster care social worker with the Latin American Youth Center, and organized Service2Justice and LGBTQ Ally trainings for the organization. Dalbin recently transitioned to work for the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency, where he provides case management to the District's most vulnerable children while participating in Commercial Sex Trafficking and Unaccompanied Refugee Minor focus groups to improve how the District works with this population. As a foster care Social Worker, Dalbin strives to keep families together while linking them to community-based services. Dalbin, also, has consulted for the Science March, the March for Truth, and the March for Racial Justice in partnership with DC Local Ambassadors. Dalbin has written numerous pieces advocating for more civic engagement and community organizing on the local and state level as oppose to just a rudimentary involvement in federal politics. Dalbin is a 2017 Organizing for Action Community Organizing Fellow and the current Mid-Atlantic Region Director for the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America.
Dalbin transitioned from being a foster care social worker to a school social worker at a Level 5 non-public high school in Prince George County. He provided intensive psychotherapy to 30 high school students who were classified with emotional disturbance. Dalbin assisted in graduating his assigned seniors at a 70% rate. Dalbin transitioned to the Montgomery County Collaboration Council in 2019, where he is the current Program Manager for the Children With Intensive Needs Program. Dalbin is a a Maryland Education Policy Fellow and is currently pursuing a second Masters in Education Policy and Leadership. Dalbin transitioned from the Village Academy of Maryland to the Montgomery County Collaboration Council in 2019, where he is the current Program Manager for the Children With Intensive Needs Program, and oversees the Collaboration Council's Pathways Program and the Local Care Team.