Advocacy – A Serious Series of Fortunate Events

     Advocacy is “a political process by an individual or a large group which normally aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to protect an asset of interest.”  I believe that anyone who speaks up for another with his/her best interest at heart is an advocate.  I am proud to be district president and state board member for our Parent Teachers Association (PTA) which is a great advocate for children and their families on myriad of child-related issues in such areas of education, health, well-being, and parent involvement. The purpose of advocacy is to communicate with decision makers to inform, educate, persuade/increase the level of awareness about an issue or change a course of action.  Decision makers include elected and appointed officials, legislative bodies, school boards, School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Councils, principals, teachers, parents, grandparents, students and community leaders.  These are some tips:

  • Keep informed about the issues
  • Choose issues important to your constituents
  • Build support for your cause
  • Learn to work together on focus on the greater good without sacrificing key values
  • Recruit new advocates or supporters
  • Take healthy risks
  • Retain your commitment to change

Advocacy Day is celebrated in many states such as Florida, Washington, my birth state of Illinois and my current home state Kentucky! I take my children regularly to our capital for this occasion.  I am honored that my children have had the opportunity to meet with legislators and page for our state senators and representative such as Rep. Tanya Pullin, Sen. Robin Webb, Sen. Charlies Borders and Rep. Rocky Adkins over the years.

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Children’s Advocacy Day 2012: Russell McDowell Intermediate School PTA Youth Leaders meet with Education Commissioner, Dr. Terry Holliday at the Capital in Frankfort.

This blog is part of our series on Advocacy.  In my upcoming blogs, you will read about our “Advocacy Day in our State Capital” including the new group we started and took to Frankfort, KY, our training, and our cozy conversations with legislators, Next Generation Professional’s leader and Kentucky’s Education Commissioner!

If you attended, you can share your thoughts on the success of this year’s event. If you are available on Monday, March 12th at 2:00 PM, please join Kentucky Youth Advocate (KYA)’s  Communication Associate, Whitney Neal for a brief call! You can dial 1-877-662-7634 and use pass code 9833748.

Following that, we’ll discuss, “Advocacy in our Nation’s Capital”, which will highlight some the meetings I’ve had in Washington, DC regarding legislation and parent engagement.  You will not want to miss Advocacy with Grad Nation-America’s Promise which will spotlight my upcoming meetings there as we promote increasing the graduation rate at the Grad Nation Summit by Colin and Alma Powell’s America Promise Alliance or Advocacy with Mom Congress!

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About Bren Martin

Brenda is an education advocate and has been an active leader in the schools, church and community. She is a National PTA Social Media Ambassador and was a Panelist on NBC's Education Nation in New York City, "Stepping Up: The Power of a Parent Advocate," for Parenting Magazine. Brenda was honored by the U. S. Department of Education and the White House as a “Champion of Change” for educational advocacy. She is Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress-Kentucky delegate and a recipient of Knowledge Universe-KinderCare’s Education Achievement Award! (See Parenting Magazine’s, “The Power and Potential of Parent Advocates,“ and one of Brenda’s articles, “Changing Us, Changes Them.“) Some of her services include: District PTA President and State PTA Board; Education Commissioner's Steering Committee for Teacher Effectiveness. She is a former regional President, Gifted Education; Summer Camp Creator/Director; Church Youth Director; Vacation Bible School Director; Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth of Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) Fellow; School Based Decision Making; Employability Skills Consultant to prison & colleges; Television Special host and more. Also, Follow Brenda on Twitter @bdrumartin. Disclaimer: Use sites, blogs, information or links at your own risk.
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