BP 11: Last Blog Post!

BP 11: Last Blog Post!

3 Things I’ve Learned: 1. I learned how to use the U.S. Census Bureau as a tool. This may sound trivial but I now know how to find updated data and can look up trends about future areas using the Census Bureau. 2. I learned many new group/ice breaking activities that I hadn’t been aware of previously. 3. I learned how to examine a community for its strengths and identify avenues of changes in communities. One thing that I will…

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Advocacy Activity: NASW Day at the Legislature

Advocacy Activity: NASW Day at the Legislature

I, like many others in my cohort, went to the NASW Day at the Legislature. It was my first time visiting the Capitol as a constituent, advocate, and social worker*. I’d like to share this experience because it was one of the most valuable experiences I had this semester. I listened to many guest speakers about how business on the Capitol typically goes. I learned more about how lawmakers do business and how to approach them. It was imparted upon…

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BP11 Policy: Child Welfare

BP11 Policy: Child Welfare

Explain 2 historical policies pertaining to child welfare and 2 current (or recent) aspects of child welfare not relating to out-of-home placement (aka “child welfare” as a part of DHS). 2 Historical Policies: 1. The creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established after the legal proceedings of a child named Mary Ellen. The police were not willing to act. Ultimately, a lawyer from the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty…

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GP2 BP10: Evaluation

GP2 BP10: Evaluation

Explain the importance of evaluation as a concept. In the Krajewski et al., please summarize the findings of the program as reflected in the program evaluation. Krajweski and colleagues (2010) evaluated a training program for low income 13-18 year olds in special education classes called TeenBiz: Teens in Business through the Arts. This program was described as an empowerment approach to teaching job and life skills. The program had several goals, which determined the program’s objectives it was evaluated on…

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Policy BP10

Policy BP10

Choose from housing, homelessness, or food policy. Trace historical roots (including at least 3 aspects or discrete pieces of legislation) and at least 2 current issues. Historical roots of housing: 1. The Housing Act of 1937 – this was America’s first housing policy. It’s intention was to provide financial assistance to the States, providing for safe, sanitary low income housing. 2. Housing Act of 1954 – Sought to renew urban areas by removing “blight” to attract middle and high income…

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GP2 BP9: Strategic Planning

GP2 BP9: Strategic Planning

Citing Bryson (Chapter 1), what is strategic planning, what does it measure, and why is it necessary? Literally how do we strategically plan? Strategic planning is a means to making decisions on an agency or organization setting, considering what the agency/organization does and why. It is necessary because it helps establish the process to implement an agency’s mission, goals, and priorities. In short, strategical planning is done by clarifying the roles and purposes of entities within agencies and then doing…

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Policy BP9

Policy BP9

There are two main philosophies regarding crime and corrections: rehabilitation (trying to help reform prisoners so they don’t reoffend) and punishment (giving consequences to those who offend as punishment and also a deterrent against future criminals). Based on what the book says, would you say the US has historically had a rehabilitative or punitive approach to crime? Do you see this continuing or changing, based on current issues and trends? Defend your position with at least 3 historical policies and…

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GP2 BP8: Leadership

GP2 BP8: Leadership

Referring to Brueggeman’s article, what are 3 ways that social workers build community in groups through their leadership? Please explain your answers and give 2 concrete examples of how you have seen these elements accomplished in your own group experiences. Three ways social workers build community in groups through their leadership: 1. Develop Consistency: A leader who is consistent in their actions demonstrates the leader’s beliefs, dedication, and priorities. Leaders who are predictable develop the trust of their members. Example:…

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Policy BP7: Medicaid & Medicare

Policy BP7: Medicaid & Medicare

Describe Medicaid & Medicare, including how they are administered, who they cover, eligibility, and efforts to cut costs in each program. I used to get Medicaid and Medicare mixed up. I have benefited from the mnemonic device “you (medi)CARE for the elderly, you (medic)AID your child”. Medicare is an insurance program and the largest public payer of health care in the United States. It provides the elderly (65 and older) health insurance. It may also cover those with certain disabilities,…

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GP BP7: Restructure the Future

GP BP7: Restructure the Future

As evidenced in the text, what are three ways that the leadership of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC “re-invent[ed] their future” through global partnership? Thinking of a community with which you are familiar (feel free to use OKC or Pittsburgh from the text), how did that community diversify and restructure their future? Give 2 concrete examples. Greenville-Spartanburg had the opportunity to create global partnerships with foreign companies. With the textile industry fading in the community, Greenville-Spartanburg remained appealing to foreign investors. Three ways…

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