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Start a Movement

On May 11th, 2011 over 100 people from across NC Rallied on Raleigh to try to Save the TRU Movement. The Rally was a huge success showing representatives that we meant business and gained a lot of media coverage to really get the word out there. Below is a video created by one of the youth who attended to use as a powerful visual.

Want to see some of the GREAT press from the event so you know what youth are capable of?


Carolina News 14 television coverage of rally

You’re ready to get started? Here are some great tips!

You’ve been thinking about it, talking about it, worrying about it…and now it’s time to do something about it!  Partnering together in advocacy will create the synergy you need to succeed!  Call a meeting with your youth and follow the action steps below.

1. Create a Petition.

There’s strength in numbers, and every mom, uncle, sister-in-law, friend, and guy-in-the-elevator count.  Use this petition to show policymakers just how many people in NC care about your cause. There are several free online petition sites out there so do your research to find one that works for you and get the word out there with emails, facebook, word of mouth – anything!

2. Create a facebook page.

This way your followers can stay up-to-date on action alerts, advocacy steps, tools and resources.  It will also show policymakers how many people are taking action.

3. Make a Call.

Calling a politician isn’t as scary as it might seem; besides you’ll probably either talk with an aide or leave a message.  No sweat, right?  Politicians care about their voting public and just a few people voicing their concerns has been known to sway their vote. First find out who you need to contact by clicking here. Next create Talking Points (short powerful statements that support your movement, often using facts and statistics) and practice, practice, practice until you feel comfortable. Need a little more help? Click here for a Sample Script.

4. “Like” your Senators on facebook…and let them know what you think.

Even politicians check their Facebook!  Share your comments, facts, and even pictures with your local policymakers and get your opinions heard. Click here to find out who your representatives are!

5. Write a Letter.

A letter to the editor, published for free in your local newspaper, can showcase an issue to an entire community.  Most letters are less than 200 words and submitted online. Use the Talking Points you wrote for #3 (Make a Call) and click here for Sample Letters to the Editor.

6.  Hit the streets.

Take your petition on the road!  Use a printable version to gather signatures of support on your busiest street corner, school, park, or mall.  Then consolidate the signatures to present to policymakers. Click here for Helpful Hints for Petitioning and Click here for a Hard-Copy Sample Petition.

7. Hob nob with a big wig.

Youth are great spokespeople!  Meet with Senators in your community (Thursday afternoon, Friday, Sat, Sun or Monday morning) or in Raleigh (Monday afternoon through Thursday morning). Give a jingle to their Legislative Assistant to offer when and where you can meet. Find the numbers to make an appointment HERE!

For more ideas and resources contact your local YES! office.

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