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Bits & Pieces: Sex Education,The Sequester & More

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From sex education, to VAWA, to the United States Budget; these are a few of the stories that caught my eye this week.

Professional Development
Idealist.org’s list of professional development opportunities for February. If you haven’t visited idealist.org you should do so right away.  They have a blog and a free job board dedicated to non-profit careers.

Non-Profits and Advocacy
Melinda Lewis discusses the book A Voice for Nonprofits and non-profits that lobby.

Live Out Loud Scholarship
Live Out Load is awarding scholarships to 5 LGBTQ high school seniors residing in the New York tri-state area. The deadline in March 8, 2013. Learn more at the Live Out Loud site.

Tennessee Has Some Awful People Running the State
Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield, author of the 2013 Don’t Say Gay Bill, compares being gay to heroin use.

Social Work Reform Think Tank
Check out the latest Social Work Chats discussion on mental health reform, technology, macro social work practice, Wikipedia and more.

More Evidence that Abstinence Only Programs do not Work
New York City is seeing positive results from programs that provide free contraception to teens. Though still among the highest in the nation, the city’s rate of teen pregnancy is decreasing.

An excellent post by Ruth Hopkins for Jezebel on the importance of the re-authorization of an updated Violence Against Women Act.  Hopkins gives an excellent account of why protections for Native American women need to be in the current bill. You can read more here.

What Happens if Congress Doesn’t Deal with the Budget
Here is a fact sheet from the white house on what programs and services will be impacted by the sequester. Congress has until March first to work out a budget deal before automatic cuts kick-in.


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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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