What Is Advocacy?
Advocacy can include many different things, but at its core, advocacy simply requires that someone cares enough to step forward and take action to bring about change.
Legislators need information – they can’t possibly know everything that is going on, so they rely on their constituents to keep them informed about what matters to their community. This is where your voice can make a difference!
Advocacy can mean writing a letter to your elected official, visiting your legislator at the Capitol in St. Paul, testifying at a town hall meeting or legislative committee hearing, and much more. Effective advocacy is all about building relationships with people and sharing your story.
YWCA Public Policy Agenda
The public policy agenda at YWCA Minneapolis promotes access to early childhood education and afterschool youth programs for all Minnesota children regardless of race, economics or culture. Raise your voice with us in urging state and federal representatives to provide the funding needed to support these important issues.
Subscribe to Receive YWCA Public Policy Email Updates
Join the YWCA Minneapolis Advocacy Network to receive action alerts and public policy updates via email related to state and national legislative issues. Get connected to advocacy opportunities and take action to support YWCA's mission.
Early Childhood Education and Afterschool Youth Programs are Top Priority
Access to quality early childhood education and afterschool youth programs are important to the health and future of Minnesota. Our entire community benefits from state and federal funding for early learning and youth development that:
- Provides access to quality early childhood education and afterschool youth programs for more children
- Allows parents to go to work or school, which empowers families to be economically self-sufficient
- Creates a stronger future workforce
It is critical that all Minnesota children have access to quality early childhood education so they are well prepared when they start kindergarten, as well as afterschool and summertime programs that provide stability, academic support and college and career readiness.
For more information, please contact the Public Policy department at 612-215-4143 or email us.
What Can You Do?
Contact Your Legislators
Please contact your legislators and encourage them to support increased funding to improve access to quality early learning and youth development for all Minnesota families. Legislators want to hear from you, and your voice matters!
Find out who represents you here:
Attend a YWCA Advocacy Workshop
Effective advocacy is all about building relationships with people and sharing your story. Don't know where to start? Attend one of our workshops to the gain skills and confidence to help you get involved in public policy and advocate for issues you care about.