July 31st, 2020
Posted In: Advocacy
Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
August is usually a time when members of Congress return to their home states to participate in a district work period to interact with their community, host events for their constituents like town halls, and conduct site visits at local organizations. This August recess will be like no other, as congressional offices, like the rest of the world, evolve in their operations in order to meet the ever-changing environment and circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressional offices are trying to overcome barriers in effective communication with their constituents during this time, figuring out how to utilize their staff in an effective way that meets community needs and balance congressional priorities related to the pandemic and other legislative issues.
This Advocacy August will look a bit different than the past, as we will not be able to attend town halls or visit our district Congressional offices in-person to engage in meaningful social connection while advocating for mentoring. However, MENTOR has modified tools that will allow advocates to communicate with members of Congress and their staff to discuss some of the challenges programs and communities are experiencing in the face of COVID-19. You can find these resources both on this blog post below and here.
We encourage you and your program to participate in as many of these actions as possible this August. Let MENTOR know when you’ve participated in a virtual meeting or virtual site visit by filling out this short form. You will be entered into a contest, and at the end of August, four people will be randomly selected to receive a $25.00 gift card to a store of their choosing.
Throughout August, check back here weekly to learn advocacy best practices and success stories from leaders in youth mentoring advocacy. Please reach out to Adriane Alicea at AAlicea@mentoring.org if you have questions.