2014 Advocacy Training to feature new tracks

The annual 2014 Advocacy Training will be held on Wednesday, January 29th at Jacksonville University, Davis College of Business, from 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This year features new additions, including a beginner and advanced track and a special advocacy training for teens.

Space is limited! Register here.

The training is presented by the Healthy Start Coalition, Jacksonville Kids Coalition, United Way, Partnership for Child Health, and Mental Health America with partnership from Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute.

This training is held each year just prior to legislative session and aims to educate attendees on advocacy basics and equip them with strategies and tactics to advocate on behalf of children. Space is limited to 100 attendees; staff and board members from local child-serving agencies as well as local child advocates are encouraged to attend.

Summer Pfeiffer, VP of Governmental Relations at Children’s Home Society of Florida will kick the day off with a session on Tools for Advocacy. She will cover a variety of topics, such as what to expect in Tallahassee and Jacksonville this year, strategic communications and developing an advocacy agenda/platform.

Participants will have have the opportunity to break off into two tracks: beginner and advanced. The beginner session will be facilitated by Coalition Board Chair Dr. Stephen Baker, JU, and the advanced session will be facilitated by Jason Roth, United Way. Some of the topics addressed will include advocacy vs. lobbying, how to have an effective meeting, understanding a bill and setting and building relationships.

Another addition to the Advocacy Training is the Teen Track. Megan Folds of Leadership Jacksonville will facilitate an afternoon session specifically geared to teens and address different aspects of advocacy and the role teens can take in advocacy efforts. This is open to teens only.

The end of the training will conclude with a panel discussion and a “Continuing the Conversation” networking opportunity. We encourage attendees to use this time to engage with other agency representatives and discuss what was learned and how best to advocate on behalf of children.

For more information please contact Sara M. Rieger at 904.723.5422 ext. 103 or srieger@nefhsc.org.