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2020 Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

Thank you for everyone that attended our first ever online LEAD



Watch the 2019 rally!


What is Legislative Education and Advocacy Day?
Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) is an annual event hosted by NASW-PA, at which nearly 1,000 social work students and professionals gather to advocate for legislation that is relevant to the social work profession. Attendees visit their legislators throughout the day and tell them why such legislation is important and how it will serve the Commonwealth. NASW-PA will schedule all legislative meetings, so attendees don't need to worry about doing so. Just make sure you know who your state legislators are! You can look them up using this link.
This year due to the public health crisis we will be doing it all online! Keep reading for more information.

What to Expect:
Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) is for social work students and professionals. We expect student attendees from PA schools of social work as well as professional social workers from all across the Commonwealth. This is a great chance for you to experience legislative advocacy as well as the law-making process. This is also a great chance for professionals, experienced in the legislative process, to come show their support for the social work profession. Last year we had six legislators speak at our rally and we gained multiple supporters for our bill. We expect this year things to be a little different but just as successful, if not more.

What We Advocate For:
NASW-PA advocates for legislation that benefits the social work profession and clients throughout the Commonwealth. Our legislative agenda – which is available on the NASW-PA website – provides an expansive view of the legislation that we advocate for, covering issues ranging from practice protection and licensure to discrimination in health care. For an updated legislative agenda please contact Johanna Byrd at

2020's Focus:
The general idea is that we will be talking about student loan forgiveness as a whole. Talking points will focus on loan forgiveness, not the details of the specific bills.


HB 1307 - Loan Forgiveness Program for Graduates Entering Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, and Drug/Alcohol Treatment Professionals
SB 706- Senate version
HB 1980 - Student Loan Forgiveness for Child Welfare Workers
HB 2320 - Establishing a Loan Forgiveness Program for Mental Health School Professionals


Online Agenda for the Day

9:30am-11:00am Webinar welcoming attendees and hearing from a collection of panelists on student loan forgiveness, effectively lobbying your elected officials, and more.


11:00am-1:00pm Attendees have open time to complete a series of advocacy tasks that will cover a range of activities. Tasks are being determined, but will include writing an email to your representative and senator, registering to vote/verifying voter status, and checking out links and resources regarding loan forgiveness for social workers.


1:00pm-1:30pm Closing remarks from legislators and NASW-PA leaders

Upon completion of the day’s activities, a certificate will be issued to all attendees.


Participants will receive a link to the GoToMeeting webinar and to a special LEAD website with resources and materials.


Registration will now be open until 12:00 pm on Monday before LEAD, so please register if you haven’t already!

Interested in sponsoring Legislative Advocacy Day? 
If you have questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Johanna Byrd at or 717-232-4125 x101 


Thank you to our 2020 sponsor!

Have Questions?

If you have questions about Legislative Advocacy Day contact Johanna Byrd at or 717-232-4125 x101

Look Up Your Legislators
If you need help figuring out who your legislators are, you can use this link to look them up!





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