Spring is almost here, which means it’s almost time for THE event of the year in Jefferson City for children’s advocates. Child Advocacy Day is entering its 38th year and will once again bring together hundreds of advocates from around the state to meet with legislators, rally, and discuss issues that are important in improving our children’s well-being.
Our theme will remain the same this year – Kids are our BEST investment! – but our goals for advocates are shifting a bit. We want the day to be just the start or one stop in the advocate’s journey throughout the year to build relationships with their policymakers and advocate for change for kids. We hope our workshops will equip advocates with skills and knowledge that they can use beyond Child Advocacy Day, so that we can ensure kids remain the TOP priority for our leaders 365 (or 366 this year) days a year.
- Bookmark the Child Advocacy Day website! As the event draws near, we will regularly update the website with helpful information for advocates, links to recorded webinars, and logistics for the day. Check back often and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you AREN’T registered…what are you waiting for?!
- Attend the Lunch & Learn Storytelling Webinar on March 11! Maleeha from Generate Health St. Louis will share information and ideas to help advocates tell their stories to legislators when they visit the Capitol on April 8. Whether you are a new advocate or a veteran looking to brush up on your skills, this will help you think about what your story is, how you can tell it in a compelling way that connects with policymakers, and how you can ensure ownership of your story.
- Reach out to your legislators with help from Kids Win Missouri. We want to help you schedule your appointments with legislators this year. By going to this link and filling out the form, an email will be sent to your representative and senator (based on your address) that will help you schedule appointments with them on Child Advocacy Day. You can customize the form based on your availability on April 8. This is a way we hope to help more advocates connect with their legislators leading up to the event. If you have questions, please contact Casey at email@example.com.
- Join us on April 3 to hear about 2020 Hot Topics in a Lunch and Learn webinar. Each year we work to identify the legislative issues impacting child well-being that need the support of advocates to get across the finish line. Craig Stevenson with Kids Win Missouri will provide summaries of key issues pertaining to child well-being and information on how participants can communicate with their legislators on these issues.