Advocacy 101 Workshop offered by AAUW for the public Feb. 19

As the New York State Legislature gears up for another session of budget negotiations and highly anticipated votes in both chambers, the American Association of University Women of New York state is educating the public about civic duties and the lawmaking process.

As a part of this effort, the Jamestown Branch of AAUW will host a free Advocacy 101 Workshop for the general public on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Katherine Jackson Carnahan Center at Jamestown Community College. The workshop will be led by Kimberly Hayes Pollard, Regional Field Organizer with AAUW.

Attendees will learn how to talk to their elected officials, write an op-ed or let-ter to the editor, start a petition and use social media to share their messages.

Pollard said, “We don’t have to be full-time activists or even policy experts to be good advocates. All we need is passion and a few minutes a week to make our voices heard.” Examples from the AAUW policy agenda will be used as illustrations.

Pollard joined AAUW in August 2013 as a Regional Field Organizer for Region I (Maine, N.H., and N.Y.). She has more than ten years’ experience with national non-profits and political campaigns. She has worked to advocate for K-12 education, military service members and veterans, and issues impacting low-income families. Prior to joining AAUW, Pollard developed community outreach initiatives for a non-profit serving wounded warriors and their families, and managed Neighborhood Teams and voter registration events in the 2012 presidential election in Fairfax County, Va.

Pollard has a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

A reduced price AAUW membership will be offered at a price of $45.50 at this event. The membership will run through June 30, 2015. Membership is open to anyone with a two year associate degree or higher.

AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 220,000 members and supporters across the U.S. as well as 1,000 branches.

If interested in learning more about AAUW, go to www.aauw.org; jamestown-ny.aauw.net.; or the Facebook page: AAUW Jamestown Branch.