Advocacy Training

The Lobby Corps Program trains volunteers across the state to support LWVO’s work at the State Capitol including State Board of Education and Administrative Offices, reports information about what is happening at the Legislature, State Board of Education and other offices of Ohio government, and even helps to lobby on key issues. The lobbying on key issues can be through our coalitions, advocacy teams, issue specialists, or local League action.

The Lobby Corps program is open to any LWVO members who are current on their dues. At this time, these programs are open only to LWVO members. If you are a member of the public who is not a member of LWVO, but are still interested in our action and advocacy work, we encourage you to join us at the State or Local Level Join the League , or sign up for our Action Alerts.

If you are a current LWVO member who is interested in joining Lobby Corps at the Issue Specialist or Team Member level and have filled out our application form, please follow the six steps below.  All the steps are necessary for you to understand the workings of state government and our nonpartisan policy and protocols. The quizzes/activities have been designed to help you focus on the most important information.

 

If you are a League member helping with advocacy in your local League, these materials will help you understand what our positions are, how to use them effectively, and how Ohio government works.

 

Additional resources such as templates for testimony, hints on building relationships with legislators, etc. can be found in the public part of our website. These resources are available to not only our members, but also to the public at large as a service to help engage voters.

 

Important note: All Advocacy in the name of League of Women Voters must have the appropriate Board approval. All lobby activity at the state level MUST go through the LWVO Board. All testimony must be approved and submitted through the office.

Introduction Video

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Step 1: Review the Advocacy Guide

  1. Download (and print, if you desire) the Advocacy Guide. You can always find a link to the Guide in the Advocacy section of lwvohio.org.  

  2. Please read the Guide, jotting down any questions you might have.

  3. For Lobby Corps Members specifically: 

  • Review pages 6-11 specifically about Lobby Corps.

  • Review the nonpartisan policy for Lobby Corps members, pp. 14-15 of the Guide. Issue Specialists must abide by this policy. Team Members who are not in the public eye, should understand it, but are not bound by it. We ask that you use discretion in your political activity.

  • Complete the questionnaire on these materials..

Advocacy Guide Review Questionnaire Here

Step 2: Review the Agenda for Action and the Impact on Issues U.S.

  1. Read the summary pages of the issues of Agenda for Action and Impact on Issues so that you have some knowledge of where our positions are. When we work on issues, we constantly consult the more detailed pages. The links can always be found under the Advocacy tab of lwvohio.org.

  2. Become more familiar with your area of interest. Read the background and outlook sections to understand how the positions have been used.

  3. Review the chart, Using LWV Positions.

  4. Answer the questionnaire on these materials.

Agenda for Action Review Questionnaire Here

Step 3: Watch the Training Videos

After each video, please answer the brief questionnaire.

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Advocacy 101: How Things Work at the Statehouse (1 hr.)

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LWVO OHIO LEGISLATIVE WEBSITE Training

Legislative Website Training Questionnaire

 

 

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Leveraging the Press and Media to Further Advocacy w/ Guest Speaker Kayla Vix, LWV-U.S

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If you’re having difficulties watching the videos, please seek assistance from Nazek Hapasha @nhapasha@lwvohio.org.

Step 4: Review the Helpful Materials on Our Website

We have developed many helpful templates and guides to writing testimony and letters to the editor. These are a part of our public resources so that anyone may advocate personally. Lobby Corps members are trained to speak in the name of LWVO using our positions. Only Lobby Corps members may do so, but must follow our protocols for review.

 

Important note: All Advocacy in the name of League of Women Voters must have the appropriate Board approval. All lobby activity at the state level MUST go through the LWVO Board. All testimony must be approved and submitted through the office.