Save the date! The FES Coalition Policy Academy is here

On December 18th the FES Coalition will be hosting our first FES Policy Academy at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, right by the Capitol.


What is the FES Policy Academy?

The FES Policy Academy is short, intensive conference focused on giving community leaders the tools to become effective advocates at the state Capitol. This half day event will include workshops on the legislative process and how to keep track of legislation, testify at the Capitol, have successful meetings with legislators, and be an effective storyteller.

Our main idea is simple: your voice is important, and we want to make sure it is heard. Our objective is to help community leaders, case workers, service providers and board members learn the tools that will make them effective advocates.


The FES Policy Academy will be focused on two main areas: why advocacy from service providers and clients is both important and powerful, and how can non-profits be successful in their advocacy efforts. We will start with the basics of the legislative process, and bring in legislators  and advocates to discuss how to bring change to it. Our objective is to spark action, not just teach.

  • When: December 18th, from 9:30 am to 1 pm (including lunch)
  • Where: Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut - Directions
  • Registration is available through this link. Seating is limited - make sure to register as soon as possible - not many seats left!
  • 9:30 to 9:45: Opening remarks - Jim Horan, CAHS Executive Director
  • 9:45 to 10:15: Introduction to the legislative process - Susan Keane, Appropriations.
  • 10:15 to 10:45: The power of advocacy - a panel with state legislators
  • 10:45 to 11: break
  • 11 to 12:35: breakout sessions  - two rounds of workshops.
  • 12:35 to 1:15: lunch
Available workshops:
The workshops will cover how to testify effectively, how to organize effective meetings with legislators, tools and resources to keep track of legislation, how to contact legislators, and how to collect stories from clients and make your case at the Capitol.
Seating is limited - registration is available through this link.

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