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  • 1. A is for Advocacy:
    Becoming equipped to
    personally advocate for
    children and families
    Child Care Works
    Alicia Frosch
    CARE Class 6
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 2. Basics of Advocacy
    • Is about influencing people, policies, structures and systems in order to bring about change.
    • 3. It is about influencing those in power to act
    • 4. It can be done by directly by those affected by injustice or on their behalf (or both)
    • 5. ANYONE can undertake advocacy work
    • 6. Could include many activities: lobbying, mobilization, education, research and networking.
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 7. What is Advocacy?
    To advocate for someone; to speak on their behalf
    Fighting for someone else’s rights; sticking up for them
    Everyone has done this in their life!
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 8. In order to be an advocate…you must have 2 things!
    A passionate desire and willingness to see the desired change!
    A sound understanding of the issue!
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 9. Benefits of advocacy
    The aim of advocacy is often the same as for other development work: to alleviate poverty and suffering, fight oppression, challenge injustice or support long-term sustainable development.
    However, development work is often not enough, because it DOES NOT tackle the root or deeper cause of the problem.
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 10. Benefits of advocacy, cont…
    Advocacy is therefore needed as it:
    Tackles root causes of poverty and injustice and brings long-term change
    Sees people as agents of change in their own community
    Can help to generate more resources for other development work
    Can change power structures and systems of injustice.
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 11. Types of Advocacy
    Professional Advocacy (lobbyist, hired staff person for an advocacy organization)
    Organizational Advocacy (working in collaboration with an advocacy organization)
    Personal Advocacy (personal communication, relationship building, educating others)
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 12. How do we already “advocate”?
    Neighborhood
    Colleagues
    Other school communities
    Professional organizations
    Faith organizations
    Where else?
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 13. Why now? Why me?Do I have to be “political?”
    I am concerned for children . . .
    I want to grow as a professional in my field . . .
    I want more meaning to my work . . .
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 14. Examples of Politicians’ Impact on Your Daily Life
    Your work safety: overseen by OSHA, which is directed by a Presidentialappointee
    When you turn on the lights: rates of electricity are approved by the Public Service Commission, appointed by the Governor
    If you’re laid off: unemployment compensation is set by the State Legislature
    The mattress you sleep on: regulated by the Federal Bureau of Standards, which is controlled by Congress
    We elect the people making these decisions!
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 15. Importance of Advocacy
    Examples:
    The importance of advocacy was clear in the 2003 budget cuts – more advocacy was needed
    Seniors: good example of an organized group; even in the budget-cutting year of 2003 senior programs were mostly protected; a direct impact of seniors being organized with strong relationships with their legislators
    Advocacy played a significant role in avoiding health cuts in 2005 (ex. Saving MnCARE)
    Advocacy was responsible for winning an increase to the state’s minimum wage in 2005
    In 2006 & 2007 child care outcomes improved with increased advocacy efforts
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 16. Advocacy requires:
    Simply caring; stepping forward to take action
    Getting involved with the process
    Be informed about the issues
    Build a relationship with policymakers; become a resource to them
    Provide them with information
    Hold legislators accountable
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011
  • 17. Children depend on your advocacy
    Obviously, children can’t vote
    Children’s lives are impacted every day by policies we adults put into place
    Children need a voice in the process
    Children’s needs are immediate; they only have one childhood
    Child Care Works / CARE Fellowship Class 6 - 2011