Advocacy BootCamp Part 2
From time to time, I will try to post information about upcoming conferences, seminars, etc. I realize this has nothing to do with language learning on the surface but if you work in fields like social work, non-profit administration, religion/spiritual leadership, medicine,etc more than likely, you are going to be catering to an immigrant population. This will probably enhance your knowledge when it comes to dealing with particular issues related to children and families. This particular seminar is in southwest Tennessee. This was just sent yesterday evening and it is a continuation of the bootcamp seminar that took place about three months ago. So for all my beautiful TN residents, check this out:
From SWCCY – We’re Still Looking for a Few Good Advocates – Advocacy Boot Camp 2 on Jan. 28
Rodger Jowers Advocacy Boot Camp 2 – Event Flyer
Members and fiends of the Southwest Council on Children & Youth:
The clock is ticking for important programs to improve child well-being
and strengthen families. Without action by the governor and General
Assembly, these programs are at risk:
* family resource centers
* coordinated school health
* home visitation
* relative caregiver services
* improved mental health services for children
* expanded best practices in juvenile justice
Funding for these programs in coming to an end, and the services may be
rationed or disappear.
Our new Governor and General Assembly will face daunting challenges: a
damaging recession, a still-ailing economy and the expiration of federal
stimulus funding. The public service infrastructure we have long taken
for granted is at risk.
Our state leaders and elected officials look to us to help with such
difficult decision-making. Now is the time to equip ourselves to help
them find answers to weather these challenges.
On January 28. come to Advocacy Boot Camp 2 to get ready to become part
of one strong voice for Tennessee’s children and families… the
particulars and more information follows, and the event flyer is
Maybe you planned to attend the first Boot Camp back in December, but
missed the chance because all the seats were filled within two days
after the event was announced. This is your chance now.
Special Note: There is no cost to attend the event, and lunch will be
provided*pre-registration is required * to register, got to
Please help us to get the word out about this special learning
opportunity… forward this message to your friends and colleagues…
or, print-and-share the event flyer. — Rodger
WHAT: Advocacy Boot Camp
WHEN: Friday January 28
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
WHERE: Lowell Thomas Building – Tower A
2nd Floor – Conference Room B
225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Jackson
COST: None – Lunch will be provided
Pre-registration required – go to
CONTACT: Rodger Jowers … 731.423.6545… Rodger.Jowers@tn.gov
Advocacy Boot Camp 2
2011 promises to be a year of great challenges for child advocacy in
A new governor is taking office* so are many new members of the General
Assembly. And, they face tough decisions * decisions about a
stressed state budget * decisions about what programs can be
continued, and those that won*t be.
As these decisions are being made, many groups will be clamoring about
the importance of their special interest.
We can*t afford for children and their interests to get lost in the
· Children don*t stop growing, their bodies and brains don*t stop
developing, because of politics * new or old.
· Children don*t stop learning because of a recession * great or
· Children are still injured by trauma, crime, neglect and health
problems, no matter what*s happening on Wall Street, Main Street or
The future for our children and grandchildren starts today… we must
begin securing their future today.
This year the voices of individual citizens will be critical to this
decision-making * our representatives want to hear from us. Child
advocates must step-up for kids and make clear that children are
priority one in Tennessee.
Advocacy Boot Camp is your opportunity to get ready and become part of
one strong voice for the children of our state. No push-ups or obstacle
courses* instead, this is your chance to get information and assets to
equip you for effective legislative
Here*s what you can expect:
· Advocacy 101 * A look at the basics of how legislation happens,
the decision points when advocates can make an impact, and the resources
available for citizen advocates to be part of the process
· State of the Budget * In September, the Tennessee Commission on
Children & Youth hosted a forum to look at advocacy issues for 2011 *
that forum included two great presentations about the state of
Tennessee*s economy and
how it will effect public spending next year
and the years to come* we*ll repeat those presentations.
· Legislative Trends * Steve Petty, TCCY*s Legislative Specialist,
will join us to offer an analysis about what might be expected during
the 107th General Assembly
Who should attend?… Everyone interested in continuing a quarter
century of progress in the well-being of Tennessee*s children
Rodger D. Jowers, Southwest Regional Coordinator
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
and the Southwest Council on Children and Youth
Lowell Thomas State Office Building
Suite 440 – Box 13
225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Jackson, TN 38301-6984
Web Site: http://www.tennessee.gov/tccy/
PS. If you do not live in TN and something like this interests you, contact your local district/state office for families, education, human service, child welfare, etc. If that doesn’t work for you, then go grassroots by contacting local advocacy groups like the YWCA and maybe put together your own seminar.