Join Us in Springfield!
Make your voices heard in Springfield! Positive Youth Development Advocacy Day will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Springfield.

The Federation for Community Schools is partnering with ACT Now, Children's Home + Aid, the United Way and others to host an advocacy day that focuses on the need for a range of opportunities and supports for children and youth in order for them to be successful in school and beyond, including funding for the Healthy Community Incentive Fund and Teen REACH.

$50 travel stipends will be available for this day, and lunch will be provided for all participants. If you are not able to join us in person, you can still participate by signing on to do virtual advocacy.

To register for the in person or virtual advocacy day, click .
In order to receive a travel stipend you must:

  1. Attempt to make an appointment with your legislators
  2. and submit it
  3. Submit some sort of receipt showing travel expenses, such as gas, a train ticket, or bus invoice
  4. Fill out a feedback form describing your meeting (this will be given out on the day of the advocacy day)

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Mitchell at or ACT Now network lead Susan Stanton at .

Additional resources --
Advocacy Day Tips
99th General Assembly Stratton Office Building Map

Join us Virtually!
If you're not able to join us in Springfield we ask that you take to Facebook, Twitter, email and phone to let your elected officials know how important afterschool programs and community schools are to children, youth, and families in your community. Our goal is to flood our elected officials' social media news feeds with one unified message.

We put together this Virtual Advocacy Toolkit to help you join us in Springfield.

Virtual Advocacy Day Toolkit
Sample Tweets
Sample Facebook Posts
Sample Email to your Elected Official
Sample Script to Call your Elected Official
List of Legislators of Key Committees of the House and Senate

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