|Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
On behalf of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW), you are cordially invited to attend the Celebration of Social Work, a special event to celebrate the contribution of our distinguished alumni and to make a meaningful impact on your alma mater.
Distinguished Alumni Awardees:
Luz M. Lopez (MSW '90)
Stacy A. Tromble (JD/MSW '07)
Edo G. Vander Kooy (MSW '77)
Molly R. Wolf (PhD '14, MSW '07)
Many alumni express an interest in giving back to the UBSSW. Some of you volunteer as field educators, mentors and advisory board members. Here's an opportunity to support a student-led initiative. At the Celebration of Social Work event, three students, each representing a different initiative, will pitch live for your support (very short "elevator" pitches). Those in attendance will vote for their top choice, and the initiative that earns the most votes will be awarded 100 percent of the event registration fees.
Hors d'oeuvres are provided by the school, cash bar will be available.
Register at the link.
Partnership for the Public Good
In 2019, the New York legislature passed a series of historic voting reforms--including early voting, pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, and consolidated primaries-- designed to increase ease of access to the polls for all New York state residents. Partnership for the Public Good's Your Voice, Your Vote: Buffalo-Niagara Voter Education Project is a free public resource for the Buffalo-Niagara region that includes a regional long-term voter education plan, a toolkit to empower local organizations and individuals to host customized voter education workshops, and, crucially, an awareness campaign to inform Western New Yorkers about the new voting changes and excite the public about civic engagement. Funds will be used to raise visibility and awareness around voting and reforms in advance of the 2019 and 2020 elections.
Social Impact Fellows Program
Through UB's Social Impact Fellows program, students from the School of Management, School of Social Work and College of Arts and Sciences spend the summer learning about and creating social innovation in Western New York. Presented in collaboration with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at UB, the program brings together MBA, MSW and CAS graduate students for an internship at a mission-driven organization, where they collaborate to address pressing social issues and make an impact.
Youth Task Force
While there is an ability to collect data via point-in-time counts around adult homelessness, collecting that data for youth ages 11-24 is very difficult, as many "couch surf" and are thus invisible. Established by the Homeless Alliance of Western New York and WNY Coalition for the Homeless, the Youth Task Force has collaborated with many agencies in the local area to host events to count the number of youths affected by homelessness. The upcoming event "Be Counted" will be a week-long mission in October to clarify the number of youths and uncover ways to address and prevent youth homelessness. Funding will be used to implement HUD-specific best practices, including compensating youth with lived experience for their time, expertise, and assistance in implementing the event, thus improving the data collection process and ensuring its success.