The Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative in Advocacy for Children Youth and Families builds a pipeline of informed, effective advocates through teaching, training, and applied research that includes students, social service professionals and volunteer advocates, and resources for advocacy campaigns and teaching.  

Grant for strategic planning and advocacy case study

The University of Maryland is pleased to announce a grant award from the Heising-Simons Foundation to advance the new Karabelle Pizzigati Initiative in Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Families. The Initiative’s goals are to expand the number of effective policy advocates on behalf of low-income and vulnerable children, youth and families through teaching, professional training, and research. This grant will allow the Initiative to convene national and state experts to advise the strategic direction of the Initiative and to conduct its first case study to inform future advocacy efforts, which focuses on an early childhood education financing campaign.  

Teaching – Spring 2018A

Making a Difference: Child and Family Policy Advocacy (PLCY 388A/FMSC 498A – open to all undergraduates).  Nearly one quarter of children in this country live in poverty. Millions more live in families struggling to provide the basics of quality childcare and education, food, and health care. The disparities in the conditions that help children and families thrive are not only based on income, there are also in many cases factors of race, home language, gender, age, and geography. Students will be provided a foundation of some of the major federal programs helping children and families thrive and an introduction to advocacy skills such as learning the federal legislative process and federal funding types and limitations, using data in persuasive written and oral advocacy, growing and activating grassroots.

Application Available for Your Voice, Their Future - new Advocacy Training Institute

The Application for the Karabelle Pizzigati Training Institute in Advocacy for Child, Youth and Family Advocacy is now available.  The Institute will hold an in-person program September 23 – 25, 2018 near Washington, DC and the University of Maryland College Park campus and a foundational webinar.  Applicants from Maryland, Washington, DC, Delaware and Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply.  Applications are due April 2, 2018.