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  1. VCU Social Work Students Speak Up for Kids During 2018 Lobby Day


    Nearly 100 students from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work spoke up for kids’ issues during the Social Work Advocacy Day on Feb. 7, 2018. Voices helped kick off the day by sharing with students strategies that are most effective when meeting with legislators.

    Students advocated for kids in foster care, students impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline, the importance of healthcare for all Virginians, and improvements to children’s mental health, among other topics. The social work profession was founded to effect positive social change. Throughout the profession’s history, social workers have sought to ensure all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs. We are glad to know the next generation of social workers has placed a great emphasis on the needs of Virginia’s children.


    Students and VCU faculty met with Del. Betsy Carr to advocate for the passage of a kinship guardianship assistance program.


    At the conclusion of the day, students shared how it felt to advocate for kids.


    “Today presented itself as an opportunity to translate stories, experiences, and factual data into a meaningful and impactful conversation with legislators in order to advocate for the kinship guardianship assistance program and children in foster care.” – Bianca Casper








    “As a clinical student, this was a great experience in having the opportunity to engage in macro practices advocating for policies that directly impact our clients.” – Jessica Hubbard







    Voices thanks all the students and faculty who used their stories to speak up for kids!

  2. Social Work Advocacy Day takes on School Discipline Reform & Foster Care

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    On February 9th, the National Association of Social Workers – Virginia Chapter hosted its annual Student Advocacy Day. More than 300 students and professional social workers from all across Virginia made there prescence known in the General Assembly building by speaking with legislators about pressing issues that are important to social work.

    The day was a success in large part due to the commitment of faculty in the Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social to ensure students were prepped prior to advocacy day. Voices was honored to assist in the preparation of students to speak with legislators about bills targeting the school to prison pipeline and supporting children in the child welfare system.

    Many of the students spoke in support of kinship guardianship assistance and reducing school discipline days from both a personal experience in the child welfare system and as a social work professional working with children who could be directly impacted by the proposed legislation.

    You can still take action by writing a letter to your Senator or Delegate in support of dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

    Here are some of the highlights on the day:

    I feel really lucky to be here, I didn’t think I would by lobbying at the General Assembly my first year in the social work program – Rebecca Decamp, VCU Student

    I was inspired by how many social workers are invested in the policy process.  I could see that they were all keenly aware that policies have a real and tangible impact on the quality of people’s every day lives, and that we must be active participants in the process rather than leaving such important decisions to the very few who hold positions of power.  Being part Social Work Advocacy Day made me want to get more involved. – Michael Massey, VCU Student

    Today helped us prepare for our roles in advocacy as a future social worker – Liz, VCU Student/UMFS Intern

    I enjoyed sharing this experience with my social work peers and hope even more students participate next year – Sophia Booker, VCU Student/Voices Intern

    Today was fantastic because it gave us an understanding of the hustle and bustle that lobbyist go through and how important it is to know the ins and outs of the bill your advocating for including the opposing views – Tiffany Padden, VCU Student/Communities in Schools

    It’s hard to know how individuals can get involved to get your voice heard so today was great because I learned we do have access to our representatives and they do care what we have to say – Betsy Hudson, VCU Student