“Policymaking and the Power of Sharing Lived Experiences”
May 19, 2021
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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Parent engagement. Provider engagement. Youth engagement. Successful organizations understand that engaging and lifting up the lived experiences of the people they champion is essential for authentic advocacy. Join us as we welcome a panel of experts from youth development, early childhood, and adult education as they reveal their strategies and struggles for engaging people with lived experiences in their agency’s advocacy and program priorities. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the virtual meeting.

  • Christy Callahan, Director, Office of Innovative Projects, Clinton County RESA; and President, Early On Michigan Foundation
  • Oogie La Mar, Director, Kent ISD Adult Education; and Advocacy Chairperson and Government Relations Liaison, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education.
  • Nolana Nobles, Director of Early Childhood Programs, Capital Area Community Services
  • Michele Strasz, Executive Director, Capital Area College Access Network

“Crafting Effective Testimony with Storytelling: How to Put Your Policy Ask into Action”
April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021 – Thank you for attending Michigan’s Children’s April 2021 Lunch and Learn program. We appreciate your continued support! In particular, we thank our guest speakers, Ben Moe, president of the Michigan Network for Youth and Families, and Jacqueline, a youth from the Network who shared her experiences in telling her story.

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“Prepping for Policymakers: Advocates Discuss Developing ‘Your Ask’ and Framing Your Message”
March 17, 2021

Thank you for attending Michigan’s Children’s March 2021 Lunch and Learn Series. We so appreciated the rich discussion and contributions from our panelists. Our thanks again to our terrific panelists:

  • Asia Canady, Policy Specialist, Start Early
  • Maha Makki, Advocacy Co-Chair, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
  • Fran Talsma, Executive Director, State Alliance/YMCA

Resources:
You can find a recording of the session here. and a copy of the PowerPoint here.


“The State Budget Process: How to Gain Support for Kids & Families”
February 16, 2021

On behalf of the staff and partners at Michigan’s Children, thank you for attending our February 2021 Lunch and Learn: “The State Budget Process: How to Gain Support for Kids & Families.”

Whether you attended or not, though, please use the resources shared during the Lunch & Learn to learn more about strengthening your advocacy skills during the budget process.

Resources:

  1. Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Access a full recording of the program.
  3. Learn who to talk to about your issues on our Contact Policymakers page. Find links to state lawmakers serving on key committees impacting children, youth and family issues in the state legislature.

How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue”
January 20, 2021

On behalf of the staff and partners at Michigan’s Children, we would like to thank you for attending our January 2021 Lunch and Learn: How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue.

If you have a moment, please give us feedback by clicking here so we can improve our lunch and learn opportunities.

Please find below the resources we shared. Thank you to our panel of experts for their generous contributions:

  • Deb Frisbie, Policy and Advocacy Group Co-Lead, Kinship Care Coalition of Michigan
  • Erica Willard, Executive Directors, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Sarah Plachta Elliott, Executive Director, Youth Development Resource Center (Detroit)
  • Patrick Brown, Director, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education
  • Matt Gillard, President, and CEO, Michigan’s Children

Resources:

  1. Please find here a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Watch a brief recap of the “How to Talk to Policymakers: Effective Tips for Messaging Your Issue” program.
  3. You can access a full recording of the program.
  4. MACAE, the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, has shared several resources including a sample Advocacy Talking Points and a sample Legislative Engagement Timeline.
  5. Additionally, Michigan’s Children website is always a great resource. You can use it to explore policymaker contact information, committee assignments, etc. Visit our website here: Contact Policymakers
  6. How to Develop an Advocacy Plan
  7. 2020 MI Senate Standing Committees
  8. 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services Committee
  9. 2020 MI Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 and Michigan Department of Education

Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great
Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers
December 16, 2020

Thanks to so many of you for attending our inaugural December 2020 Lunch and Learn event held on Wednesday, December 16: “Getting to Know the 2021 Michigan Legislature: Building Great Relationships with Incoming (and Returning) Lawmakers”.

If you have a moment, please give us feedback by clicking here so we can improve our lunch and learn opportunities.

Resources:

  1. The lunch and learn slides. and recording.
  2. Information about new Michigan House members.
  3. Step by step guide on how to learn more about your respective policymaker.
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