SCAN to Host Annual Advocacy Training December 6th

December 2, 2019 (Woodbridge, Va.)–In conjunction with the Greater Prince William Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN), SCAN will host its 7th Annual “Speak Up for Children” Advocacy Training on December 6, 2019. The half-day training will provide guidance, legislative updates, and resources to help attendees be more effective advocates.
The training will include:
“State of the Child” Address – Join Chloe Edwards and Mary Beth Testa, Voices for Virginia’s Children, and Ali Faruk, Families Forward Virginia, to explore your role in making change for children and families in Prince William and across the state. Together we will use data and stories to educate local and state decision makers about your needs.

Breakout Sessions, including:

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences to Build Resilient Communities – Join Allyson Halverson and Heather Martinsen to learn more about the impact that childhood adversity and trauma has on lifetime health and well-being and what communities can do to build a resilient community.

What you need to know about Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly – Join Chloe Edwards, Voices for Virgnia’s Children, and Ali Faruk, Families Forward Virginia, to take a deeper dive into Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly session. Learn what to expect in 2020 and how to team up to advocate for children and families.

Demystifying Meetings and Phone Calls to Legislators – Join Mary Beth Testa, Voices for Virginia’s Children, for an interactive workshop for new advocates. Together we’ll learn about phone calls, emails and in-person meetings with legislators. Participants will have the opportunity to practice applying their new skills in preparation for Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly.

Suggested pathways for your advocacy training day:

  • Are you new to advocacy or just getting started? Go to “Demystifying” in Breakout Session 1 and then head to “Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly” session in Breakout Session 2.
  • Do you have experience standing up for families and are eager to hear what’s happening in Virginia? Check out “Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly” in Session 1 and then head to “Understanding ACES” in Session 2.
  • Are you interested in a deep dive into what children and families are facing and what you can do about it? Check into “Understanding ACES” in Session 1 and then head over to “Virginia’s 2020 General Assembly” in Session 2

Registration is required and costs $10. Register HERE.