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Social Work Steps Up for Kids|Division of Social Work

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Social Work Steps Up for Kids!

Step Up for Kids is an annual event held to raise awareness about issues facing our youth in the State of Wyoming.  Too many Wyoming children live in poverty, lack quality child care, and don't graduate from high school.  The sixth annual Casper Step Up for Kids Day featured speakers who discussed the value of good public childhood programs and explain how parents and the community as a whole can advocate for policies that maintain and improve investment in Wyoming's children.

This year's event was held at the Nicolaysen Museum band shell located on the west side of the museum near Beech Street.  Social Work students from the University of Wyoming assisted in set up and clean up for the event and participated in engaging the community in advocacy activities to be a voice for the children of Wyoming.

Speakers included:

  • Mrs. Diana Enzi suggested steps everyone can take to become involved in the policy decisions that determine the effectiveness of programs that advance the interests of Wyoming's children.
  • Recent high school graduate Benito Vann talked about the importance of childhood programs such as Youth Empowerment Council in molding his character while growing up in his grandparent's home.
  • High school counselor Carrie Maki spoke about the differences she sees between children who have participated in community youth programs and those who have not participated.

AudienceAccording to Bethany Cutts, Assistant Lecturer in the Division of Social Work at the UW/CC,  "the event provides the opportunity to advocate for children and bring awareness to the community and our state policymakers about all the issues facing young children and to ask that the state continue to invest in early childhood programs that can reduce them."

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