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2020 Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

WHEN: March 24, 2020 | 7:30am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Pennsylvania State Capitol | Harrisburg, PA



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.

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 to be 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.

This Year's Focus:
More Information coming soon!


Agenda for the Day
The morning session of LEAD will take place at the Forum. We will have a welcome session, with a briefing for what to expect for the day. From there, attendees will be dismissed to walk over to the Capitol Building (within walking distance) to start the day's activities. The table below outlines what to expect in terms of agenda.
*Please note that this schedule is subject to change

7:30am – 8:30am | Registration
8:30am – 8:40am | Welcome to LEAD
8:40am – 9:40am | Legislative Process, What to Expect, and Talking Points

9:30am – 1:00pm | Attend legislative visits and committee meetings. NASW-PA will schedule legislative visits ahead of time. The time and location of your legislative visits will be provided during morning registration. 

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Rally at the Capitol featuring remarks from members of the General Assembly on the social work profession and social workers in school settings.

Join Us for a Free Webinar Designed to Prepare You for LEAD
This webinar is designed to help you prepare for Legislative Education and Advocacy Day 2019. We will be discussing the legislation we are advocating for, and what to expect for the day.

Webinar: Prepare for LEAD 2020

Are you planning on attending Legislative Education and Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 24th? If you are, we encourage you to join us this Saturday for a webinar designed to help prepare you for the day. We will cover basics about the day, information about the bill we are advocating for, and more. See the details below!




Johanna Byrd, ACSW, IOM, CAE, Executive Director, NASW-PA

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 

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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