Topic: Advocacy 101

As a citizen, it is important for you to voice your opinions on issues including, but not limited to, substance abuse to the policymakers who will shape the laws which govern your community. Advocating for policies which promote the health and safety of you, your fellow community members, and your family is imperative, and if policymakers do not hear your voice then they may not consider the position for which you stand. Advocating to policymakers for the first time may seem nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. This ACTION Guide provides tips for anyone who would like to address an issue by organizing their community as well as engaging with key decision-makers. It outlines different avenues for advocating, distinguishes advocacy and lobbying, and provides tips for both the seasoned as well as the brand new advocate. If that isn’t convincing enough, it also includes a list of the top ten reasons to lobby for your cause!

What’s Included?

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Summary Handout
  • Supplemental Resources List