Save the Date! Speak Up for Kids 2019
posted by: Guest Blogger
Do you want to make a bigger impact on the lives of Colorado children?
Become a stronger advocate in 2019 by attending the annual Speak Up for Kids Day at the Capitol on March 19, 2019. A joint effort of Clayton Early Learning, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Speak Up for Kids Day at the Capitol is a free event that offers new and emerging child advocates an insider’s perspective on the policy making process. Participants get the training and support needed to speak up effectively on the issues that matter most to Colorado kids.
What is on the Speak Up for Kids agenda?
The morning portion of Speak Up for Kids includes a visit from state legislators, in 2018 Representative Lois Landgraf, R-El Paso County and Representative James Coleman, D-Denver, tips for effectively communicating with legislators, an overview of some of the key bills we are tracking and time for honing and practicing your message. After the instructive portion of the day, participants divide into small groups and head to the Capitol to observe the legislative process in action and speak with the legislators who represent them. Following our time at the Capitol, we reconvene as a group for lunch, debrief, skills building workshops, reflection and inspiration to continue to speak up for kids.
I know very little about the legislature. Should I still attend?
Yes, please! The primary purpose of this event is to help people with no legislative experience learn that they really do have the power to make a difference. We will provide training materials before you arriveand offer teaching and practice sessions on the morning of Speak Up for Kids, so you’ll feel well equipped to speak with your legislators. We also match participants with an Advocacy Coach to help navigate the Capitol and their conversation with elected officials.
What if I don’t agree with all of the policy positions that Speak Up promotes?
Part of what makes democracy work so well is the wide array of viewpoints we collectively bring to the table. We recognize that while we all want what is best for kids, we may not agree 100% of the time on the best approach. If you come to Speak Up for Kids but do not agree with all of our policy positions, we ask that you speak up for the cause you believe in but do not speak out against our initiatives.
How should I prepare for Speak Up for Kids?
Know who your legislators are and what they stand for. We will give yousome of this information to before the event, along with tips for effectively communicating with legislators and an overview of current legislation that affected kids.You can start researching your elected officials now to get a head startGreat resources for this are www.votesmart.org and leg.colorado.gov/. The more you know about your legislators, the easier it will be to establish a relationship with them when you meet face to face.
If you care about kids’ issues but are uncertain how to make your voice heard on policy issues, this is the event for you! If you are a more experienced advocate or have attended Speak Up multiple times in the past, we encourage you to participate as an advocacy coach or assistant advocacy coach. Save the date on your calendar and stay tuned to KidsFlash for registration information. Learn more on our website, and contact Jacy Montoya Price with questions, or to sign up as a partner organization.