[Updated Repost] Advocacy 101: 4 Ways Community Based Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy and Engage with Policymakers

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For many community based organizations, involvement in public policy advocacy can be a daunting endeavor, meant only for policy wonks and experts who know all the physical and political in’s and out’s of state and local legislatures – not true! Especially for social issue-focused organizations, which tend to be part of larger systems that may require more resources, support, and changes to those systems in order to work toward solving or improving a particular problem and/or serve a particular population. This calls for active civic engagement and advocacy to tell representatives why they should care about and support your cause(s)! But where to start? Here are 4 ways your organization can get involved in policy advocacy or improve your current advocacy strategy:

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Skills to Succeed: A New Campaign to Increase Massachusetts’ Workforce Outcomes and Resources

As an article in today’s Boston Globe highlights, warnings of the instability of the Massachusetts economy are growing.  Reporter Deirdre Fernandes writes that the region’s top economists are stressing that despite numbers showing economic recovery and steady growth, when you check under the hood, you’ll see a more troubling picture. Yes, the official unemployment has dropped even lower than pre-recession levels to 4.4%, which is also below the current national average of 5%. And it’s true that the state economy has been experiencing steady growth, reaching an annual rate of 2.3%, well above the national average of 0.5%. But these data points divert attention from a myriad of challenges and systemic imbalances combining to create a ‘perfect storm’ positioned to wreak havoc on our economy.

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Ask Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor Key Amendments for Job Training and Youth Jobs!

The Current FY17 House Ways and Means budget would CUT job training, career readiness and employment programs for youth and adults.

Help us stop that from happening! To ensure funding for these critical programs, please contact your representatives and urge them to support and co-sponsor these amendments:

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Alliance for Vocational Technical Education Legislative Briefing & Advocacy Day!

On Tuesday, March 29th, SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, and the rest of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) held a legislative briefing and advocacy day at the Massachusetts State House to garner support for their policy recommendations to improve Massachusetts’ Vocational Technical Education system.

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How to Impact State Budget Decisions

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by Lew Finfer, Director of MCAN and Workforce Solutions Group (WSG) E Team member  

Curious about the timeline and mechanics of the Massachusetts State budget process and how you can get involved? Keep reading to learn more and find out how you can influence key budget decisions!

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