Advocacy

With partnering organizations and individuals, TOGETHER!’s advocacy efforts raise public awareness, promote policy reform, and encourage behavioral change on community and statewide levels.

By combining advocacy with service, we work for social and systemic change.

Examples of past advocacy efforts:

 

Providing city councils with information on implementing smoking bans in local parks.

Providing information to the Liquor Control Board regarding the impact of alcohol advertising on youth as the Board considers changes to the statewide advertising regulations.

Working to change community attitudes about underage drinking.
Working to change community attitudes
about underage drinking.

Serving on statewide committees regarding alcohol and tobacco.

Bus ad to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse.
A bus ad brings awareness to the community
about teen prescription drug abuse.

Training youth and adults to be effective advocates.

Sponsoring legislative forums to inform legislators about issues affecting children and youth.

Hosting Town Hall Meetings and community forums to inform parents and others about issues affecting children and youth, especially in the areas of violence and substance abuse prevention, and encourage positive action.

Encouraging the prohibition of alcohol sponsorships and beer gardens at family-oriented events.

Responding to inquiries from legislators as they consider prevention-related legislation.

Informing legislators about the impact of cuts in prevention funding.

Prevention Policy Day

Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, youth volunteers rally at the state Capitol to celebrate prevention and educate lawmakers and the public about laws and policies that support positive youth development or keep youth from being harmed.

 

The focus of Prevention Policy Day is education. TOGETHER! does not lobby. The youth share information, facts or history on the topics relevant that session. No call to action or request for votes is made.

 

The youth volunteers are from TOGETHER!, our tobacco education youth coalition SPLAT (Students Protesting Lies About Tobacco), or one of our partner organizations or member coalitions.

 

Get Involved: If you are a youth who'd like to participate in a Prevention Policy Day, or the leader of a youth group and you'd like your group to join in, send us an email with your information and we'll get in touch with you.

 

Lawmaker education

We schedule educational meetings with elected officials from our region. We sit down with the official, explain what we do in the community, and answer any questions they have about how we do that work. We also provide information about topics they are interested in.

We attend legislative hearings and give testimony on current bills.

 

Get Educated: If you are a city, county or state lawmaker, or on staff for one, and you'd like to set up an appointment with us, send us an email with your contact information and availability. Some topics we cover include substance abuse, prevention, local use statistics, youth access, and laws connected to all of these.

Working to change community attitudes about underage drinking.
Former U.S. Rep. Brian Baird displays a SPLAT (youth advocacy group) t-shirt.


Get involved

If you are interested in becoming involved in TOGETHER!’s advocacy efforts, contact us via email or call (360) 493-2230, ext. 20.

 

Youth can:

Participate in Prevention Policy Day

Attend a City Council or County Commission meeting and testify about an issue that affects youth

Help set up, advertise or coordinate a town hall meeting on prevention or substance abuse

 

Adults can:

Chaperone teen volunteers for Prevention Policy Day

Write a letter to your representative or senator (state or U.S.) or City Council about an issue that affects youth

Write a letter to the editor urging for action on bills that would support or protect youth

Help set up, advertise or coordinate a town hall meeting on prevention or substance abuse

 

You Can Do It, Too!

 

Click here to learn diferent and easy ways you can access or change your government, from voting to talking at a council meeting to writing a letter to the editor, and more.