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.  

NEW: Case study comparing advocacy in Philadelphia and Santa Fe to tax sugary beverages to expand prek - read more here.

This case study examines efforts by two localities to raise revenue to expand high-quality prekindergarten programs, including considerations about different policy landscapes, political leadership, message framing, and advocacy capacity.

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 -  Child and Family Policy Advocacy IMPACT

A new two-semester sequence of coursework launched in fall 2018 to give students the foundation knowledge of child, youth and family policies with special attention to closing the gaps in health, food security, early childhood education, housing and disparities based on income, race, and immigrant status.  Students also learn advocacy skills and produce a variety of advocacy materials such as using data and stories in communications to different audiences, bulding coalitions, writing grassroots alerts and  testimony, and presenting effective oral testimony, The courses bring in nationally recognized policy and advocacy experts as guest speakers.