Legislative Education & Advocacy Day

Educating the next generation of advocates is core to our values as a profession and chapter.  Each year, we host our annual Legislative Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD)  day which brings together hundreds of social work students and professionals from across the state in our state capital of Trenton. 

LEAD is designed to further social workers’ knowledge of the legislative process, grassroots advocacy, and major current statewide policy initiatives. Attendees hear from an array of passionate speakers from elected officials, the government sector, community organizers, and advocates. 

Our past speakers have included Congresswoman Bonny Watson Coleman, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey.   As a bi-partisan event, we are always looking for passionate advocates and speakers.  If you know someone who would like to speak or that you feel would be an inspiration, we'd love to hear from you!  Please contact our Directory of Advocacy at (732) 296-8070.

Thanks to our 2019 Partners!


The Brady Campaign's mission is to reduce gun violence by 25% by 2025.  Nationally, they have partnered with NASW to create tools and resources specifically for social workers on how to prevent gun violence.  

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Sponsor LEAD 2020!

LEAD Is made possible through the generous support of our partners who share our vision and values as well as a commitment to educating students about the legislative process so that they can be effective advocates in their own communities.  

You can support this work.

To do so, simply contact our Director of Education & Development at (732) 296-8070.