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ANNOUNCING: 2024 NASW-IL Advocacy Day

Updated: Jan 30

Join NASW-IL for a day of social work advocacy in our state capital!


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2024

*Looking for group registration? See bottom of page.

For the first time since 2019, this year's Advocacy Day is back IN PERSON! Join the NASW-Illinois Chapter for our annual day of social work advocacy with other social work professionals and students. This year's Advocacy Day has been restructured to further enhance students and social workers' advocacy skills and ability to lobby directly to elected officials and their staffers.

Advocacy Day attendees will be split up by their senate and house districts and led by an NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leader to meetings at the Illinois State Capitol building with their elected officials. Come learn about current emerging issues in the state of Illinois as well as up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in Illinois. Unite your voices with hundreds of other social work colleagues on issues that affect the social work profession! Check back on our Advocacy Day page as presenters, factsheets, and action alerts, are posted.

Please note: This year's new format for Advocacy Day will NOT allow for issuing of CEUs.

NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leaders Program

New to this year's Advocacy Day is our NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leaders

Program. This one-day program will train individuals on effective lobbying

techniques, their local state senate and house representatives and other elected

officials, and how to navigate advocacy tools to effectively represent social work

priorities. To learn more about the NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leaders

Program and apply, click here.

Pre-Advocacy Day Training

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024

Time: TBA

Participation in our pre-Advocacy Day training to learn about the bills you’ll be advocating for on Advocacy Day is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This 30-minute training will take place live virtually on Monday, April 8, 2024. The time is TBA as we hope to schedule it at a time when the most registrant can participate--when submitting your Advocacy Day registration form, we ask that you please select times you are available on the day of the pre-training as we will choose the time that works for the most participants. A recording of the training will also be made available to those who are unable to participate in the live training.


2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Day Details

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Time (Tentative): 8:30am to 2:00pm (with more exact times to come closer to date of event)

Venue: Illinois State Capitol Building, 401 South 2nd Street, Springfield IL 62701

Cost (No CEUs): $5.00

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024

Cancellation Policy: Please see registration form for cancellation policy.

Please note: CEUs are NOT available for this year's event.

Advocacy Day is a ZERO PROFIT event for the NASW-Illinois Chapter.

All fees cover a portion of the total costs.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2024

Looking for group registration? In order to get as accurate information as possible about each registrant to maximize advocating efficacy on the day of the event, we ask that you please have students individually register using the above link. We can work with school liaisons to pull lists of registrants by school by request.

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