On Thursday, April 19, Maura Sullivan and Julie Heffernan presented an Advocacyand Storytelling Training at the Northeast Arc to its Joint Management Team (JAMM), made up of NEArc’s Executive Team, Senior Leadership Team, Leadership Team, plus the directors, supervisors and managers from all day, residential, family support, IT, maintenance, and finance and development programs.
About 75 JAMM members attended the training, first hearing from Maura about the legislative process, how the state budget works, and the line items and bills that The Arc is advocating for this session. Then, Julie spoke about using personal stories in advocacy efforts. Finally, residential directors Julieanne Peacetree and Jennifer Couturier-Duchemin volunteered to act out visits to their legislators. They were passionate and poised, and their role-played visits were great examples of how to use personal stories as tools for advocacy. Thank you, COO Joanne Plourde, for organizing such a successful morning!
Written by Julie Heffernan
Advocacy Alliance Coordinator