After considering the unique constituent groups you represent, what additional constituent groups or voices – different from your own – could join your advocacy efforts for kids around the world?
I am a board member & officer for Christian Job Corp. I need to brainstorm and find a creative way to introduce this at our summer workshop in July. I think this could be a good way to involve some influential members of my community. They all know of my advocate heart and efforts and speak fondly of this side of me. I have never involved them or specifically asked them to join me. Thank you for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone.
That’s so cool, Wanda! Is that a chapter/group local to your area? It sounds like your fellow board members would be a great place to ask around to see if anyone would consider joining you in advocacy!
this is an awesome idea! (The best ones always require a little risk taking, huh?). We can pray for courage! 🙂
Additional constituent groups in my life include my parents and their networks. As a community they are very protective of our youth and their networks reflect their love for the growth of our youth.
That sounds great, Kristina! Another thing you could consider is putting yourself in your congresswoman’s shoes. What constituent groups matter to her? You can look a little bit at her biography or the issue areas that she cares about on her website — and that might give you some ideas.
Within our small faith community, we are blessed to have a few key perspectives covered: women, business, education, religion, and veterans. We lack young adults, children, and health care. I’ll be looking for allies from those perspectives.
Love hearing this, Stan. It sounds similar to the USGLC model I mentioned in my video for this week — they always bring along a business, faith leader, and military/veteran voice in each of their meetings. I think the key is not simply having them there, but ensuring that they offer their unique perspective from that area (speak from authority)! I also like the idea of noting where you have key constituent groups covered and where you have some gaps.
Also, you may want to consider what you know about your Senator and the staff person you’ve been meeting with — are there any groups they would be particularly interested in seeing represented?
I’m a stay at home mom, so I’ve been thinking about including people who represent small businesses or the business world in general.