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Joyce Lara, Tobacco Youth Coordinator Brittany Abercrombie, Paola Dacosta-Rosario, Trevor Latta, MYAA Youth Ambassadors. Why is talking to your Legislators important? Steps for talking to your Legislators. Video examples of meetings Follow up after your meeting Video Quiz Follow Up

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Joyce lara tobacco youth coordinator brittany abercrombie paola dacosta rosario trevor latta

Joyce Lara, Tobacco Youth Coordinator

Brittany Abercrombie, Paola Dacosta-Rosario, Trevor Latta,

MYAA Youth Ambassadors


Overview

Why is talking to your Legislators important?

Steps for talking to your Legislators.

Video examples of meetings

Follow up after your meeting

Video Quiz

Follow Up

Closing Questions and answers

Overview


What is advocacy

What is Advocacy?

ad·vo·ca·cy

[ad-vuh-kuh-see]

noun- the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending

ex: He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.


Why is it important to meet with your legislator

Makes it very personal and helps develop a relationship with the legislature.

Explain any points that are not clear.

Can answer any questions right away.

Make them aware of issues that concern you and their area.

Why is it important to meet with your legislator?


Steps for an effective meeting

Know who they are

Make an appointment

Dress professionally

Come prepared

Speak formally

Be brief

Thank them for their time

Use common courtesy

Steps for an Effective Meeting


Know who they are

Know Who They Are

DO

DONT


Make an appointment

Make an Appointment

DO

DONT


Dress professionally

Dress Professionally

DO

DONT


Come prepared

Come Prepared

DO

DONT


Speak formally

Speak Formally

DO

DONT


Be brief

Be Brief

DO

DONT


Thank them for their time

Thank Them for Their Time

DO

DONT


Use common courtesy

Use Common Courtesy

DO

DONT


What to discuss at the meeting

What to Discuss at the Meeting

Advocating vs Lobbying

Advocating- focuses on educating them, tells stories that are based off true facts and stories.

Provide them with accurate facts on a specific topic to help them gain knowledge on which way to vote

Lobbying- you ask for a specific action: vote yes or no, support this bill, don’t support this bill

Pressures them to sway a specific way


What to say

What to Say

3 Basic approaches

Supportive

Non supportive

Not familiar with topic


Basic steps for all approaches

Basic Steps for all Approaches

Be Polite, thank them for meeting with you

KISS- Keep It Short and Simple

State your reason why you are here

Discuss why it is important to you

Give a couple of facts

Listen to what they have to say

Closing- thank them again and follow up with any questions they may have and leave your contact information and fact sheet

More power in numbers

Equal power in youth!


Steps if they re supportive

Steps if They're SUPPORTIVE

This can be more of a conversation.

Thank them for being supportive and offer them encouragement for taking their position.

Let them know you are here for them and willing to support them in anyway you can.

Thank them and leave your contact and fact sheets.


Steps if they re non supportive

Even if you know they are not supportive you never know when something you say or do will make them change their mind or at least stop publicly endorsing their position.

Express your dissatisfaction, with out arguing or getting mad.

Stay with the facts, and why you feel it is important.

Thank them, leave fact sheets and contact information

Steps if They're NON-SUPPORTIVE


Steps if they re not familiar

This is a great chance to let the issue be heard.

Offer more facts and specific reasons why this is important.

Possibly have more time to discuss issue so have a couple of personal stories to tell.

Thank them and leave your contact and fact sheets.

Steps if They're NOT FAMILIAR


Video quiz 3 videos

(Video Quiz, 3 videos)

In each video clip pick out what was right, determine whether it was supportive, non-supportive, or not familiar


Follow up

Always follow up with any information they requested during your meeting.

Send a personal thank you expressing how appreciate you are that they met with you.

Look at this meeting as your beginning with your legislators and keep an ongoing communication with them.

Invite them to any event you are having in your community.

Follow Up


Follow up cont

E-mail them expressing your appreciation for their service and thank them if they are supporting any bills that are of interest to you.

If you see them back in your community reintroduce your self and remind them of your visit. Thank them again for their support and service and that you are here as a resource for them should they have any questions in your cause you are in support of.

Follow Up Cont...


You are important

We thank you for coming and listening to our session. As citizens of Missouri you make us proud that you have taken your time today to learn more about being coming a positive influence in our state. Young people are valuable partners because they reflect genuine concern for their generation and also project a powerful voice in advocating for a better world.

If you would like information on important issues, we have legislature priorities on page 11 of the Conference Program.

You Are Important


Joyce lara tobacco youth coordinator brittany abercrombie paola dacosta rosario trevor latta

Joyce Lara, Youth Coordinator , University of Missouri

Family and Community Medicine

1 Riverbend Pl, Washington, MO 63090

573-823-3809, [email protected]

Want to get in touch with a Youth Ambassador? Contact Mona at [email protected]

Youth Ambassadors for Advocacy:

Brittany Abercrombie...............Wright City, Missouri

Trevor Latta.............................Wright City, Missouri

Paola Dacosta-Rosaria............Chesterfield, Missouri


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