Advocacy 101 will teach advocates, impacted people, and not for profit staff how to share their experience with elected officials. Geared towards the Missouri state legislature, these skills can help you advocate for systems change at many levels. Decision makers must hear from the experts, including you. Policy advocacy doesn’t need to feel scary or overwhelming, and you will leave this training with the basic education needed to grow your skills and demystify the process to have the greatest impact on the lives of our neighbors.
This session will also include Housing Policy 101, a more in-depth look into housing issues in Missouri.
Participants will learn:
- What advocacy is and isn’t, when it becomes lobbying, and the limits imposed by the IRS on most 501c-3 organizations and staff.
- How the lawmaking process happens in Missouri as well as how and when it is most easily influenced.
- How to have a successful advocacy meeting with a lawmaker and use a media strategy to get extra attention to the issues they care about.
- A general overview of housing terms and an understanding of housing problems in Missouri.
- Potential solutions to the housing issues plaguing our state.
We have scheduled another session of Advocacy 101, without the additional Housing Policy 101 information, on Friday, February 3rd. You can register for that session here.