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Advocacy Toolkit

Our advocacy toolkit is offers helpful tips that are designed to prepare you to be an effective advocate. It will assist you in making your voice heard in your community and with local, state, and federal officials.

Download the toolkit to learn important steps to successful advocacy, find out which legislators you should visit, discover tips for meeting your legislators at the Capitol, and more.

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Follow these tips when talking or writing to your elected officials.

STEPBe Polite

Treat policymakers with respect, even if they don’t agree with you.

STEPBe Persistent but Patient

Policy change takes time. Don’t give up.

STEPPractice and Prepare

Practice talking to your legislator it really does help. Think about what you want to say before you meet with, write, or call them.

STEPBe Clear

Stick to a simple and clear message. Get to the point quickly, and don’t forget to let them know what you want them to do.

STEPBe Personal

Real life examples help legislators look at issues differently and put a human face on them.

STEPBe Honest

Never lie. You want to be a reliable source of information to your policymakers. 

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Message Worksheet



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