Advocacy Lesson Ideas
Other Teaching Resources
The suggestions below are from the Advocacy Toolkit created by the National Coalition for Literacy
Step 1: Educate Yourself
See Advocacy Basics and What You Can Legally Do to learn the legislative and advocacy processes and what this means for you. See Using Your Time Wisely to learn when your advocacy can be most effective. Throughout the Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit you will see blue colored links. This blue color indicates a glossary term. Click on the link to learn its definition. Visit the Glossary to find the complete listing of terms.
Step 2: Build Allies
Legislators want to hear how adult education programs benefit adult learners, businesses, the community, and the economy. Involve adult learners and other stakeholders in advocating on behalf of adult education and literacy. See Who You Involve for ideas on building allies.
Step 3: Learn About Your Legislators.Capture your legislators’ attention by “hooking” adult education and literacy to their issues. On what committees do they serve? What are their positions on national issues? What are their priorities? See What to Say and How to learn about messaging, creating effective hooks, making the Ask, and cinching commitments.
Step 4: Establish and Maintain Relationships
You should develop relationships with all your representatives. In addition, see Contacting Legislators to learn about targeting legislators in positions of authority over adult education laws and funding: who you should contact and why. Find tips for calling, writing, and meeting with your legislator and hosting a visit.
Find your New York City Council Member
Contact the New York City Mayor
Find your New York State Senator
Find your New York State Assembly person
Find your US Senator
Find your US Representative
Step 5: Plan for the Future
Sometimes we have a lot of educating to do both within our communities and with our legislators before our advocacy can be effective. See Advocacy Strategies to learn what activities other advocates do. See Creating Responsive Networks to learn how to build local advocacy networks and evaluate advocacy campaigns.