Community Action Board Offers Free Advocacy Training
The Montgomery County Community Action board, part of the Community Action Agency, is accepting applications for its Community Advocacy Institute (CAI). The CAI is a free eight-month advocacy training program for Montgomery County residents with combined household incomes of $57,000 or less. Workshops focus on a variety of topics, including how to work with elected officials, storytelling, research, letter-writing, developing testimony, and key advocacy issues.
This year’s program will utilize a hybrid model, with most workshops conducted online and a few sessions held in-person, County regulations permitting. Participants must attend all workshops and complete an advocacy project to graduate. Additional information and a link to the application are available on the Community Action Agency website. The Community Action Board, the County’s federally designated anti-poverty advisory group, provides governance to the County Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Action Agency, including Head Start.
The CAI was started in 2016, and there are 84 alumni of the program, many of whom now serve on County and nonprofit advisory groups and have become actively engaged in a wide variety of advocacy efforts. Applications are due Friday, August 20. For more information, call the Community Action Agency at 240-777-1697. TTY users, please call Maryland Relay at 711.