Center for Advocacy & Outreach
Anna Blank Building
1206 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Join our Grassroots Advocacy Network!
The Center for Advocacy and Outreach is a statewide resource for education and information regarding children's issues. We work to mobilize citizens to advocate on behalf of children. Working with legislators and developing a grassroots network, we seek to give children a voice in the voting process.
What is Advocacy?
- Speaking up
- Promoting the cause of another
- Seeing a need and finding a way to address it
- Not just complaining - but finding solutions
Types of Advocacy:
Self-Advocacy: Speaking up for ourselves and our family (e.g. talking to your child's teacher about a specific playground incident).
Case Advocacy: Helping someone deal with a complicated organization (e.g. helping a new neighbor enroll a child in school).
Public Education Advocacy: Making a presentation about an issue you care about (e.g. talking to groups about injury prevention).
Public Policy Advocacy: Anything done to influence a public official's vote or opinion (e.g. visiting with a legislator about upgrading child passenger safety laws).
Private Policy Advocacy: Anything done to influence or change a corporation's or other private institution's policy or behavior (e.g. promoting a letter-writing campaign asking restaurants to become smoke-free).
Please join us on the behalf of children.