Advocacy101: Advocacy in Action

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Description: Learn the ABC’s of advocacy: this webinar will cover the basics of advocating for your agency and the clients that you serve.
Facilitator: Matthew Hamilton-Kraft, Director of Youth Services, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., Jamestown, NY

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Advocacy101: Advocacy in Action

  1. 1. Getting Started:Giving Your Vision a Voice“How wonderful that nobody need wait a single momentbefore starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank
  2. 2. Webster’s Definition –to speak or write in support ofsomethingPractical Definition –Providing information in amanner which will generateconcern, interest ANDaction. National Safe Place Program 2
  3. 3.  What concerns or barriers do you have regarding your advocacy efforts? National Safe Place Program 3
  4. 4. People can be moved enough by a particular story, issue or experience that motivates them to make an effort to affect change.Crisis Center story... National Safe Place Program 4
  5. 5. InspirationAnger We act becauseFrustration we choose toExcitement react to an internalJob Requirement or external stimulus.Personal ExperienceExposure to NeedWhat else? National Safe Place Program 5
  6. 6.  Local, state and federal policies do not impact local programming Only my administrators can be the “voice” of our agency You have to be an expert to talk to policymakers You have to be a lobbyist to have an impact on policymakers National Safe Place Program 6
  7. 7.  Other people will speak to the policymakers about this issue Non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organizations and those who work in them are not allowed to do policy work Policymakers only listen to the rich, famous or people in their own party National Safe Place Program 7
  8. 8.  Talk with your supervisor about your interest. Review existing your organization’s policies and procedures. Create a list of options for involvement that would fall within those policies and procedures. Know that you can and should consider taking part in advocacy activities, as they represent your opinion, on your own time when necessary. National Safe Place Program 8
  9. 9. Advocacy is a critical piece ofcreating policy. Legislators at alllevels rely on the expertise ofothers to help inform theirdecisions. The time you spendeducating and increasingawareness of your program andyouth issues is time well spent.Each story, each letter, each call,and each visit are part of thewheel that keeps the processmoving. National Safe Place Program 9
  10. 10. A D V O C A C YKnow Your AudienceWho do you want to get your message to?Who has the power to make the needed change? National Safe Place Program 10
  11. 11. A D V O C A C Y Deadlines are important. When will the policy/law etc. be voted on? When will it be introduced and sent to committee? What are other important times/dates that you need to remember? What reasonable time lines need to be set for your efforts? National Safe Place Program 11
  12. 12. A D V O C A C YUtilizing a Variety of communication methods are key toreaching the right person at the right time in the rightway.write letters or opinion editorialscreate petitionsmake phone callshold a press conferencesponsor a community rallyget the story featured on a television programdo a radio interviewWhat can your group do that will call attention to your efforts in positiveways? National Safe Place Program 12
  13. 13. A D V O C A C YOpposition doesn’t mean enemy. Who will be those on the opposite side of your issue? How do you create a response? Remember that you do not want to create adversaries. Someone who may disagree about one issue may be your strongest ally on another.If two people agree on everything all the time – only one of them is doing the thinking. National Safe Place Program 13
  14. 14. A D V O C A C YChange can be a challenge and yet it israrely as bad as we feared. Uncertaintysupports reticence to stray from the norm.What are you working toward and why is there a change needed? What evidence supports you? What stories do you have? National Safe Place Program 14
  15. 15. A D V O C A C YAction Plans are important for individual and groupefforts.What is the timeline for who will do what?When will they do it and where?What contingency plans are in place for the unexpected?How will you evaluate your progress?While action plans are not written in stone, an approach thatdemonstrates coordination and cooperation can also influencepolicymakers. National Safe Place Program 15
  16. 16. A D V O C A C YCollaboration brings multiple voices and increasedopportunity to efforts.Who can you call on to lend support?What are other groups, organizations, businesses, government or media entities that are potential partners?How will you make them aware of your issue and gain their support?Who plays what role in the collaboration and why?Working with others can be successful when the common goal is putbefore individual agendas. Safe Place programs have long beenrecognized as models for collaborative efforts between the publicand private sector. How can these existing partnerships bemaximized? National Safe Place Program 16
  17. 17. A D V O C A C YYour level of Commitment can inspireothers.What will each member of your team do to make the vision a reality?How do you demonstrate your willingness to get involved and make a difference? National Safe Place Program 17
  18. 18. The line is open for questionsregarding the topic at hand,personal experiences inadvocacy efforts or assistanceregarding a current situation.What’s on your mind – or onyour to do list? National Safe Place Program 18
  19. 19. www.thomas.loc.govwww.senate.govwww.house.govwww.allianceforjustice.org Are there otherwww.independentsector.org resources thatwww.nn4youth.org you utilize orwww.nydic.org can identify?www.ncmec.orgwww.1800runaway.orgwww.cwla.orghttp://clpi.orghttp://www.endhomelessness.org National Safe Place Program 19
  20. 20.  Forward legislative alerts Provide templates for letters, calls, etc. Forward media opportunities Letters of support Training and networking opportunities NOLA 2012 Conference What else? National Safe Place Program 20
  21. 21.  Executive Director: Laurie Jackson ljackson@nationalsafeplace.org Organizational Advancement Director: Susan Harmon sharmon@nationalsafeplace.org Program Development & Research Director: Robin Donaldson rdonaldson@nationalsafeplace.org Program Coordinator: Sherry Casey scasey@nationalsafeplace.org Communications Coordinator: Hillary Bond hbond@nationalsafeplace.org Grantwriter: Amy Sanders asanders@nationalsafeplace.org Office Manager: Julie Arney jarney@nationalsafeplace.org National Safe Place Program 21
  22. 22. The staff of the National Safe Place Program and the membersof the National Safe Place Advisory Board appreciate yourcommitment, dedication and ongoing efforts on behalf ofyouth and families in every community. Please don’t hesitateto contact us if we can be of further assistance. Until nexttime – Best Wishes!“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist National Safe Place Program 22

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