Advocacy Tools

AAFCS Public Policy Tool Kit (access through AAFCS Member Open Forum) – Learn what you need to know to advocate for FCS-related legislation. Includes About Congress, Preparing Your Case, Resources and Tools, Communicating with Congress and the Media, and Advocating or Lobbying?

AAFCS/FCS Media Tool Kit (access through AAFCS Member Open Forum) – Educate the public about the valuable contributions family and consumer sciences professionals make to individual, family, and community well-being! Includes press release samples and templates, media tips, key messages, and more.

Essential Effectiveness Tools in Support of Family and Consumer Sciences Secondary Education – Special compilation of information, strategies, and resources for use in validating and communicating the effectiveness of secondary Family and Consumer Sciences programs.

FCS Storytelling Tips

Public Policy Deliberation Tool

5-I Policy Analysis Organizing Tool

We The People: Renewing Commitment To Civic Engagement

Guidance on Lobbying Limitations for 501(c)(3) Entities

Case Studies

Deliberation Guides (Obesity and Personal Finance)

Letters to Public Officials

Family and Community Policy:
Strategies for Civic Engagement

Anyone can change the world. The first step is being informed. Family and Community Policy: Strategies for Civic Engagement offers a rich array of strategies for increasing citizen engagement in family and community policy. It is written for practitioners who are not satisfied with just thinking about and dissecting policy issues--it is for those who prefer action and results.

Novices and seasoned pros alike should find this book informative and inspiring. Click on the image to learn more.

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