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ADVOCACY BEGINS WITH Quality Programs and Proven Results


Collaborative Partnerships


Broad Base of Community Support


Key Champions • Citizens who support and understand your work. • City Mayors and/or City Council members • Representatives & Senators of the SC General Assembly


Support From School Administrators • Regular communication. • Invitations to visit and participate in your program. • Special program activities are ways your program can begin to build relationships with school administrators.


Building Key Champions Keep It Local. •

You should write to the local legislator in your district or where you operate the program. In fact, you can do both.


Building Key Champions Keep It Personal. •

Personal forms of communications indicate a great amount of effort and the more obvious the effort, the more seriously the communication is taken.


Building Key Champions Keep It Concise. •

Your letter should be no more than one typed single-spaced page.


Building Key Champions • Invite your KCs to your facility. • Lunch & Learn • Plan a tour to showcase outcomes, successful programs, and where needs exist.


Building Key Champions • You can locate information about your Legislators at: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/


South Carolina Budget Process • August: Budget Guidelines sent to Agency. • October: Agency Requests Submitted to Governor. • January: Governor Submits Budget to Legislature. • June: Legislature Adopts Budget. • July: New Fiscal Year Begins.


Funding Sources To Consider • 21st Community Learning Centers via SCDE • School District funding – Straight or SES

• Contributions from parents • Private donors


Preparing to Take Advantage of Advocacy • • • • • •

Think Strategically. Build On Success. Secure Help. Collaborate. Get Information. Prepare and meet.


Advocacy