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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to advocate is to support or argue for someone or something, including causes and policies. The foundations of Children’s Week Florida is deeply rooted in advocacy for young children. Over the years, this advocacy component has remained and the Children’s Week Florida team is excited to continue its advocacy reach to other important and pressing issues affecting all of Florida’s citizens.

Using the virtual events platform Whova, Children’s Week Florida is proud to bring you Avenues to Advocacy, a series of free, interactive, and virtual advocacy workshops. Throughout these online workshops, we will explore the fundamentals of advocacy, how to communicate effectively with public officials and legislators, and ultimately help guide attendees through the process of becoming an influential advocate for the causes most important to them. Facilitated by respected subject matter experts, the Avenues to Advocacy workshops will cover a variety of topic areas such as education, health access, social justice, and much more. Join us and participate in one or all of the workshops. Click below for more information and to register today.

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Advocacy Workshop Date / Time Workshop Description
Advocacy Skills, Strategies, and Tools January 25
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
In the opening session of the Avenues to Advocacy virtual workshop series, a panel of advocacy experts will discuss tips for effective grassroots advocacy, provide advice on how to creatively communicate with elected officials and their staff, the importance of media outreach and what you can do to advocate for our state’s children, youth, and families from your home location in the era of COVID-19.
Health Access and the Power of Prevention February 1
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This workshop will explore the importance of preventative health care and improved intervention and treatment program access. Some areas of focus include healthy pregnancy and infant care, dental health priorities, Medicaid enhancements, and mental health/substance abuse priorities.
Early Learning – Building Blocks for Success February 8
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join this workshop to learn about early learning legislative initiatives that may influence the 2021 legislative session. Panelists will discuss the importance and emphasize the need for investments in early education for child care teachers as well as the children and families they serve in the COVID-19 era.
Afterschool and Beyond: Investing in Youth Development February 15
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
In this workshop, panelists will discuss how investments in youth development impact the state’s social and economic well-being. Specifically, they will explore the important role Afterschool and other educational programs play for juvenile delinquency prevention, workforce development and post-secondary education attainment. Finally, participants will walk away with specific actions to take to positively impact the Afterschool sector and beyond.
Social Justice and Racial Equity February 22
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
This final workshop will bring awareness to inequities faced by many individuals and families in our society and provide a thoughtful discussion to respond intentionally to racism that may be present.

Important Note: All advocacy workshops will be presented on the Whova virtual event platform. Once you have completed your registration, you will need to create a Whova account online or download the mobile app. Whova will allow you to create an agenda with the workshops you are most interested in attending. You can also network with other attendees, access resource documents, and virtually visit with Children’s Week Florida Partners.

Check out the Whova Attendee Guide for helpful tips in using the program.