New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Advocacy 101: How to Advocate in NH

  • January 17, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Rd. Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301
  • 20


A 6 hour training event with Aly Mcknight and Jess Wojenski

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION:  Do you want to make change in New Hampshire, but aren’t sure where to start? This training will teach you how to effectively advocate for issues you care about in the Granite State. You'll learn about the unique NH legislature, how a bill becomes a law, best practices for engaging with legislators, practical advocacy and communication skills, and more. The main objective is for attendees to understand the inherent opportunity they have to influence the future of our state, and to leave feeling empowered and confident in their ability to take direct action on issues they care about. New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates, and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change. New Futures envisions a State and local communities where public policies support efforts to improve the health and wellness of all Granite Staters. Our training program aims to build advocacy capacity in the state of New Hampshire with the understanding that more community involvement in policy-making leads to the implementation of policies that better serve our state.  

Objectives: Understand how individual advocacy can impact the way laws are made and implemented; Understand how a bill becomes a law in NH; Understand the importance of personal storytelling in advocacy, and feel capable of bringing their own stories into an advocacy message; Feel capable of engaging effectively with their legislators and elected officials and Know how to take direct action and advocate on issues they care about

PRESENTERS:  Aly is the Vice President of Community Engagement at New Futures. She has primary responsibility for managing the community engagement team in encouraging advocates to participate in the legislative process. Aly earned her BA in public policy and sociology at William Smith College in Geneva, NY in May of 2015. Much of her academic and extracurricular time at William Smith focused on social justice through participation in coalition-building, community dialogues, and committees on organizational change. In 2013, she studied abroad for a semester at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. After graduating, Aly spent two years working in Nashua as a field organizer, an assistant to Mayor Jim Donchess, and a substance misuse professional in the Division of Public Health and Community Services. Her work in Nashua focused on building a stronger continuum of care for prevention, treatment, and recovery services by bringing community partners together to align goals and set strategy. Aly grew up in Amherst and is a proud alum of both Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH and the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley in Milford, NH. She currently lives in Manchester. Jess is a Community Engagement Coordinator and the Training Manager at New Futures. Jess is responsible for recruiting and training advocates to participate in the legislative process, as well as managing New Futures training program. Jess received her BA in Communication and Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire with minors in Sociology and Race and Ethnic Studies. She has interned at organizations dedicated to advocating for healthcare access, women’s rights, and social justice, and co-founded a successful student organization at UNH focused on the same. Her roles within these organizations were multi-faceted and included creative development, marketing, advocacy, community organizing, and administrative processes. Jess currently serves on the board of the Equality Health Center in Concord. She grew up in NH and continues to reside in the Granite State.

Fee:  *NHADACA Members $40.    *Non-Members $50.  *NBCC add $5. Lunch will be on your own. For registration information contact:  603-225-7060

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 3, 4, 5, 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 12 & 13
CRSW Performance Domains:  1
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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