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The Crossroads of Politics and Policy

December 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

The Crossroads of Politics and Policy: How to Advocate Without Getting Run Over

The Crossroads of Politics and Policy: How to Advocate Without Getting Run Over

An important part of a healthy democracy is effective advocacy, yet non-profit professionals and community members often hesitate to speak up on issues requiring expertise in the public policy debate. Family service professionals, community volunteers and family members have both the right and the responsibility to advocate on behalf of their causes, organizations, and the people they care for in their community programs. This seminar will educate professionals and their community volunteers about the skills, strategies and techniques for permissible, effective advocacy. The presentation will focus on the “rules of the road” for how to work with public officials, their staff members, the media, donors and community leaders in a competitive arena.

Participants will learn:

How to build the “Advocacy Bridge” – traversing the great divide

The do’s/don’ts of advocacy – the difference between lobbying vs. advocacy

How the practice permissible advocacy – avoiding the potholes of politics

How non-partisan and bi-partisan engagement work in compliment

Key strategies for positively engaging elected officials and their staff members

Recruiting and motivating constituents for effective grassroots outreach

Media skills for to tell the stories of accomplishment and programs that work

The value of giving voice to recipients of service, volunteers, and family member

About the presenter:

Levine, Founder of 4Generations Institute and President of Advocacy Resources, a Tallahassee-based consultancy, previously served as President of Voices for Florida’s Children for 25-years.  Jack specializes in developing and delivering non-partisan advocacy messages in the public policy arena, to the media, and a diverse network professionals and volunteers affiliated with family organizations and service agencies. Jack holds a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Hunter College, City University of New York. A graduate of Leadership Florida, he was the first recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Jack and his wife, Charlotte, re 40-year residents of Tallahassee. They are proud parents of two adult sons, Aaron and Josh, and are captivated grandparents of Julianne, born Thanksgiving Day 2017

Contact: Jack Levine – – – 850.567.5252

Additional details:

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom. You will receive the link to access the workshop via email after signing up.

The workshop recording will be available for viewing for a limited time to participants who complete the evaluation survey at the end of the workshop.

Image and Audio Consent and Release:

This workshop will be recorded. By attending this event, you acknowledge that your image and audio may be captured in the recording pending your participation, and you agree that the Center for Social Change reserves the right to license, sell, archive, maintain, distribute, and/or share the workshop recording for any reason or purpose, and you release the Center for Social Change from all liability related to the live virtual workshop or the use of its recording.


December 11, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am