Advocacy Training


Funding and policy decisions affecting mission-driven social services programs, from Medicaid to Head Start to SNAP, often are made at the federal level. To ensure these decisions actually meet the needs of this nation’s children, youth, and families, the people who work in these programs must have a seat at the table. The advocacy training equips social service workers to harness their rich expertise and experiences to engage in federal advocacy that can improve programs and services and change the conditions that leave so many children and families on the margins.

Our potential, as advocates, to impact public policy is enormous. And impact that policy we must, for a human service organization’s work is not ended when contracted services have been delivered. - Karabelle Pizzigati

What you will learn. Nationally recognized advocates will lead workshops in:

  • Navigating federal policy-making and funding processes;
  • Engaging in current policy debates and trends
  • Working across issue silos and advocate for the “whole child, whole family;”
  • Creating and delivering effective messages for policymakers and the public; and
  • Connecting to a broader network of advocates.

Who should apply.  Individuals working in social service agencies and organizations focused health and mental health, hunger and nutrition, early care and learning, and child welfare with attention to low-income families, immigrant families, and children of color should apply.  Applicants must work in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, West Virginia or Pennsylvania. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse racial, ethnic, generational, gender, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

When and where.  The in-person program will be held Sept. 16 starting at 3 pm through 2 pm Sept. 18, 2019 in Silver Spring, MD.  There will be two webinars in the summer.

Costs. Participants selected for the program will have a $125 nonrefundable fee when they register. The Institute will pay for all participant on-site lodging and meals.  

Application and deadline.  Please submit your application by July 31, 2019.  The Application is available here.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

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