a workshop presented by
Wyoming Early Childhood Association
Sept 24, 2011
Tweeted using #advocacy #WECA
Considerations when acting as an #advocate:
what are you asking for?
do you have any data?
who is your audience?
how much time do you have?
Do you have an entry point? BOB might be your entry!
I’d like a few minutes of your time.
Be on time!
Stories Enhance Presentations
Put a face to the data/stats
Promote sensitivity and awareness
Educate about the importance of your issue
Help us connect with policymakers
When making the presentation
Share your data
Tell your story
Wrap it up
—-have your “ask”
—-be sure to thank them
5 W’s of #advocacy:
WHO are you?
WHAT is the issue?
WHY do you care?
WHY should someone else care?
WHAT do you want them to do about it? #WECA
WHO are you:
What is your name?
Do you live in their district?
Do you belong to any local or state orgs?
How many others belong to that org?
Are there other orgs like yours across the state?
Connect yourself to OTHERS!
WHAT is your issue?
Summarize your issue in 2-3 sentences
Develop an elevator speech explaining the issue 3-5 minutes
**fit on the back of your business card
WHY do you care?
Why does it matter to you?
Why doe sit matter enough for you to take time to visit? Write? Call?
How will it change your life or lives of the people you know?
WHY should they care?
Why is it important for them to care?
What is happening in their community?
Know your opposition. Be prepared to answer questions.
WHAT do you want them to do?
Have a clear action step
Ask for them to do something:
Can I count on you to__________ ?
Can I provide you more info as the issue continues to develop??
Don’t ask “can I call you?” Ask, “will you respond to my emails?”
Small Group Discussion:
Developmentally Disabled Group Home next door to a FCC home.
Discovers that 2 residents of the DDGH are registered sex offenders.
Meet with the DDGH owners/board
FCC supervision should be a non-issue
Are there regs that should have NOT allowed this to happen? Meaning RSF not “allowed” to be within 1000 feet of a school. “school” vs. ccc vs. fcc language
Let’s define “sex offender” » how much of this are we allowed to know?
What are the rights of each group?
What are unintended consequences of moving ahead with legislation to face/deal with this issue.
Be an advocate for human rights, not only child rights!
Language/wording will be crucial!!!!!!
Don’t want to keep punishing, yet want to keep kids safe….
THIS FCC/DDGH is a REAL ISSUE HERE!
Let elected officials know who you are! Be their ece expert! They cannot be experts in everything! Let them know who you are