What is LEAD?

LEAD stands for Legislative Education and Advocacy Day. The Social Work Student LEAD event is hosted annually by the National Association of Social Workers - New York State (NASW-NYS) Chapter, the New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA), and the New York State Association of the Deans of Schools of Social Work, and brings hundreds of social work students and professionals to the Capitol in Albany. 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 lobby on behalf of specific legislation.

What are we advocating for?

This year, the 2018 Social Work Student LEAD event will advocate for:

(1) Social Work Investment Initiative (#InvestinSocialWork)

(2) Banning conversion therapy (#BornPerfect)


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) launched a national campaign today to end so-called "conversion therapy," also known by the misnomers "reparative therapy," "ex-gay therapy," or "sexual orientation change efforts."


Event Information
Rally Information: Banning conversion therapy
Social Work Investment Initiative
Banning conversion therapy
The ABCs of Lobbying
Lobbying Tips



Event Calendar

2018 Social Work Student LEAD Registration Form 

Ready to join us at the NYS Capitol? Use the form below to sign up or click here.

Deadline to register for 2018 LEAD is Friday, March 16.

Find Your Legislator

Please find your legislators using the address with which you are registered to vote.

Find Your NYS Assemblymember
Click here to find your NYS Assemblymember

Find your NYS Senator
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Legislative Appointments vs. Blanket Canvassing

Legislative appointments

The LEAD Committee will set up all of your appointments for the day and you will be placed in a group with fellow social work colleagues who share the same legislative representative(s) as you. Your representatives are based on the district/address in which you are registered to vote (sorry, no Senator Gillibrand or Schumer here – that's a much longer bus ride!). 

If you are not registered to vote in NY, we will set up appointments based on the location of your school.

Blanket canvassing

Canvassing the floor is an activity that involves working together in teams assigned to specific areas of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) and the Capitol, leaving behind materials at every legislative office to inform them of our advocacy issues. 


Group Leader 

Group leaders are responsible for taking the lead on assigned meetings with legislators (no more than 2 meetings will be scheduled per person). Knowledge of the issues, comfort in speaking with staff and elected officials and leading the group in conversation are required. Group leaders will also be responsible for the leave behind materials for each meeting they are assigned.

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