The Crossroads of Politics & Policy: How to Advocate Without Getting Run Over

Laurel Westmoreland

  • October 5, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

October 5, 2018 | 8:30a -12:30p  
Only $69.00 (when logged in) thanks to the support of our partners and funders

An important part of a healthy democracy is effective advocacy, yet non-profit professionals and community members often hesitate to speak up on issues requiring expertise in the public policy debate. Family service professionals, community volunteers and family members have both the right and the responsibility to advocate on behalf of their causes, organizations, and the people they care for in their community programs. This seminar will educate professionals and their community volunteers about the skills, strategies and techniques for permissible, effective advocacy. The presentation will focus on the rules of the road for how to work with public officials, their staff members, the media, donors and community leaders in a competitive arena.

Participants will learn:

  • How to build the “Advocacy Bridge”
  • The do’s/don’ts of effective advocacy & the difference between lobbying vs. advocacy
  • Key strategies for positively engaging elected officials and their staff members
  • How non-partisan and bi-partisan engagement work in compliment
  • Recruiting and motivating constituents for effective grassroots outreach
  • Media skills for to tell stories of accomplishment and programs that work
  • The value of giving voice to recipients of service, volunteers, and family member

Jack Levine, Founder of 4Generations Institute and President of Advocacy Resources, a Tallahassee-based consultancy, previously served as President of Voices for Florida’s Children for 25-years.  Jack specializes in developing and delivering non-partisan advocacy messages in the public policy arena, to the media, and a diverse network professionals and volunteers affiliated with family organizations and service agencies. Jack holds a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Hunter College, City University of New York. A graduate of Leadership Florida, he was the first recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He was named Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel.

Jack Levine – – 850.567.5252


CFRE Continuing Education Points
Full participation in this program is applicable for 4.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

If you need special accommodations to participate in any of our classes or events, please contact us at 813-287-8779.

Multiple Registrant Discount
Receive 10% off each registration after the first (cannot be combined with any other discounts).

NLC/Children’s Board of Hillsborough County No-Show Policy – effective July 1, 2018
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC) has asked NLC to reframe our no-show policy for their providers.

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