NASW and U.S. Congressman Ed Towns Announce Symposium on NYC Youth

Panel Discussions Will Focus on Resources Devoted to Education and Social Services

WASHINGTON, DC— The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in conjunction with the office of Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns and the Congressional Social Work Caucus, will sponsor a half-day symposium on “The Future of New York City’s Children” Friday, September 16, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at NYU/Polytechnic University, 6 Metro Tech Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

The symposium panels will assess current resources and systems devoted to serving at-risk children and youth in New York City through education and social services. Invited speakers will discuss current policies, programs and funding levels and offer policy recommendations. One panel will highlight specific policy recommendations to enhance funding and resources directed to children and youth in New York City.

One panel on education will be moderated by Dr. Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  Dr. Waldfogel was part of the team credited with reducing poverty by half in Great Britain.  The entire symposium will be webcast and made available to social work schools, institutions and individuals focusing on children and youth policies and programs.

“This country has been cutting services for the poor, children and seniors for years.  Go back and look at the record and you will see that this is a fact. And if you add up all the money we are spending on children and seniors it would not begin to make a dent in the federal deficit,” says Congressman Towns. “I think that we need to recognize that when we make these choices we end up having to create other policies, laws and institutions to address bigger problems on the back-end, and we do not save money.”

The September 16 Symposium will feature three panel discussions:

  • Panel One: Educating New York City’s Children—A discussion about policies and programs related to the New York City educational system and early education opportunities.
  • Panel Two: Positive Youth Development for At-Risk Children and Youth— An exploration of policies and programs designed to address the psychological, emotional, and behavioral needs of at-risk children and youth (poverty, mental health, child welfare and foster care, juvenile delinquency, et al.)
  • Panel Three: Protecting and Enhancing Investments in Children— A discussion about ideas and policies to ensure that adequate resources are available for children and youth through public sector funding and ways to spur private investment in children’s programs.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 145,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

Edolphus "Ed" Towns (born July 21, 1934) is the U.S. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district, serving since 1983, and the former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The Congressional Social Work Caucus (CSWC) is an authorized Congressional Member Organization (CMO) inaugurated in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 111th Congress. Membership of the CSWC consists of social worker Members and those who support the social work profession and society’s social safety net. The CSWC is chaired by Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY10), a professional social worker.


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