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Advocacy Day Information

 

What is Social Work Advocacy Day?

 

Join us for the next Social Work Advocacy Day on March 1, 2017! Registration details coming in early 2017!

Every other year (in odd numbered years- 2015, 2017, 2019, etc.), the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) invites hundreds of social workers and social work students to the North Carolina General Assembly to participate in NASW-NC Social Work Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day is only offered every other year due to the NC General Assembly's legislative session schedule. The goal of this event is to further social workers’ knowledge about policy issues in substantive areas of social work practice, teach participants about legislative advocacy, and provide an opportunity for social workers to educate their legislators about the social work profession and important client issues.

 

The most important part of Advocacy Day is your meetings with your Representative and Senator! It can also be the scariest part of Advocacy Day if you have never met your legislators before. Plan to build a relationship with your legislator before you come to Advocacy Day to help ease your nerves!

Step 1: Email your legislator
Step 2: Call your legislator
Step 3: Visit them in person and plan for that visit (or invite them to you agency!)
Step 4: Follow Up!

What to talk to your legislators about

We encourage you to use Social Work Advocacy Day as a day to talk to legislators about issues that are impacting you as a social worker. Feel free to bring your own fact sheets and other information you'd like to share with your legislators. In 2015, legislative talking points included:

 

Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
Mental Health Services in Incarceration Facilities
Medicaid Eligibility for Seniors

When is Social Work Advocacy Day?

Advocacy Day was held Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the North Carolina Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC. Our next Social Work Advocacy Day will be held in 2017 in conjunction with the next legislative long session (held only in odd numbered years- 2015, 2017, 2019, etc).

Agenda

Advocacy 101: How and what do I talk to my legislators about? Why is it important for social workers to be here? Hear from legislators, MSW lobbyists and social work advocates.


Advocacy 101 Session 1
7:45 am - Registration Opens
8:15 am - Session begins
Confirmed Speakers:
Nicholle Karim, LCSW, Public Policy Specialist, NAMI NC
Jenny Gadd, LCSWA, Director of Advocacy, Alberta Professional Services
Matt Anderson, MSW, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Children's Home Society
Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation, NASW-NC
9:30 am - Session Concludes
Participants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their legislators anytime after 9:40 am

 

Advocacy 101 Session 2

9:45 am - Registration Opens

10:15 am - Session begins
Confirmed Speakers:
Representative Graig Meyer, MSW, House District 50
Jack Register, MSW, Executive Director, NAMI NC
Jenny Gadd, LCSWA, Director of Advocacy, Alberta Professional Services
Matt Anderson, MSW, Director of Planning and Sustainability, Children's Home Society
Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy and Legislation, NASW-NC

11:30 am - Session Concludes
Participants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their legislators anytime after 11:40 am

 

The remainder of the day participants will be expected to meet with their legislators during appointments made in advance by participant, attend committee meetings, and take a self-guided tour and photos of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Scheduling a meeting with your legislator (blog post)

 

Throughout the day, use social media. Here's a Social Media Cheat Sheet to get you started!

 

Lunch on your own  

Debrief and action steps: 1:30pm

 

How did your legislators respond? What do I do now?

 

 

What are the important issues?

Why is Advocacy Day Important?

Through the help and support of advocates just like you, we are able to advance the interests of the social work profession and issues of social and economic justice in the North Carolina General Assembly. Advocacy Day helps you fully understand how that process works.

  

Letter to social work internship supervisors.

 

How much does it cost?

Advocacy Day is FREE but in order for us to make the NASW-NC Advocacy Day possible, we rely on contributions to keep the event free to attendees.  Please consider contributing to this effort to help connect the social work profession to those who represent us and our communities at the North Carolina General Assembly. Suggested contributions are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members.

 

Continuing Education

1 hour of CE will be provided to licensed/credentialed social workers.

 

 

Helpful Resources

NASW-NC Legislative Agenda

Advocacy Dos and Don’ts

Find your Legislator

Scheduling a meeting with your legislator (blog post) 

NC General Assembly Website: Visiting the State Legislative Complex 

The Day Of

Parking, Eating, What to Wear

Legislative Committee Meetings- what meetings can I attend while I'm at the Legislative Building?
Be sure to check out the NC General Assembly website for an updated calendar the day of! Often, meetings get scheduled overnight or cancelled the day of. The Senate and House usually go into session around 2:00 pm. This will also be announced the night before. All meetings are open to the public.

Learn more tips from National's Lobby Day Toolkit and NASW-NC's Advocacy Handbook.

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