Advocacy

Whitney M Young Jr, the father of Political Social WorkThe social work profession, intrinsically linked to the pursuit of social change, has historically been committed to ensuring equal access to resources and opportunities for all individuals to meet their basic needs. This commitment is embodied in the profession's advocacy efforts both within Congress and various state legislatures, as well as through regulatory agencies which hold significant policy influence.

At the forefront of this advocacy was Whitney M. Young Jr., a pivotal figure in political social work, whose intellectual contributions significantly shaped national policies. His collaboration with President Lyndon B. Johnson was instrumental in the creation of transformative programs such as Medicare and Head Start, which continue to serve critical roles in public welfare. Young's legacy is a testament to the impact that skilled advocacy can achieve in advancing social justice and equity.

To uphold these ideals, the profession articulates its advocacy priorities through policy statements that align with "Social Work Speaks." This policy agenda, crafted by members at the national Delegate Assembly, serves as a foundation for ongoing efforts to promote and protect the interests of both the communities we serve and the profession itself. Through sustained advocacy, social workers strive to influence policies in a manner consistent with the core values and historical achievements of the field, ensuring that social work continues to be a powerful force for social change.

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