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Mar/Apr 14 Currents 2014 Lobby Day Succeeds
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2014 Lobby Day Draws 120 SW Students to Albany;
$500,000 for SW Loan Forgiveness Expected in 2015 NYS Budget

On March 4th, NASW-NYC helped organize 120 students from 14 schools of social work who traveled to the State Capitol in Albany to call on the legislature to increase and expand the social work loan forgiveness program in New York State, which was established in 2005, after efforts by NASW-NYC and others. Julie Jimenez, who represents NASW-NYC as a student “member associate” at Touro College School of Social Work, wrote about her first experience in the capitol:

There are no words to describe the wealth of knowledge I gained about how policies are put into place and all the key stakeholders involved. The experience has opened up a new-found passion for government and policy work. My most memorable moment of the day was when I entered the assembly hall and a staff member greeted me by saying, “This is your house, do not be afraid to come in.” Those words truly resonated with me.

I hope that many more students will become involved in Lobby Day 2015 so that they too can experience and take part in policy making. As Americans, we are part of a great democracy which allows our voice to be heard, however, as future social workers if we do not step forward and advocate, we will not only do an injustice to ourselves, but also to the communities we will serve.

This week, we learned that the $500,000 in additional funds requested on Lobby Day are expected to be added to the Senate and Assembly budgets. You can read more about the day here.
 Snapshot from Social Work Month
Hospital for Special Surgery Celebrates Social Work Month

 The Hospital for Special Surgery welcomed Nancy Violette, PhD, LCSW, who gave a presentation to the Social Work Department on Motivational Interviewing with Patients and their Families to Enhance Health Outcomes.
Photo Credit: My-Lan Tran, NASW-NYC Board Member



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