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Steps to Effective Advocacy
  •   Identify the issue (i.e. Funding for the summer jobs program is in jeopardy.)

  •   What do you want to accomplish/change? (i.e. Establish permanent funding for the program)

  •   Find out who has control over the issue that concerns you. What level of government should you contact? (i.e. The State and the City have funded summer jobs in the past; State government consists of the Senate and Assembly in the legislative branch and the Governor is the Executive branch; in the City, the City Council is the legislative branch of govt, the Mayor is the executive branch.)

  •   Find out who represents you. (ie, Go to www.nypirg.org and you can find out who your State Senator, State Assemblymember, or City Council member is)

  •   Learn as much as you can about the issue (media/news, policy reports, web-sites, etc.)

  •   Find out about the work of other groups in your neighborhood or in NYC that are working on this issue and tap into their efforts. (ie,The Campaign for Summer Jobs is coordinating an advocacy trip to Albany that my youth group could participate in to be involved.)

  •   Determine which course of action you will pursue (i.e. writing a letter, working with the media, meeting with your local legislator, etc.)

YOUR ADVOCACY CAN BE AS SIMPLE OR INVOLVED AS YOU MAKE IT!


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