CONCORD, NH – Parents and community members joined New Futures and the NH Children’s Trust at Parent Advocacy Day in Concord Wednesday to learn about advocacy and hear from New Hampshire state policymakers about the critical need for stories from community members when enacting state policy.
“When advocating for life-changing health and wellness policy, we know how important it is to bring in the perspective of families and community members who will benefit in the long-term from crucial policy change,” said Rebecca Woitkowski, Early Childhood Policy Coordinator at New Futures.
During Parent Advocacy Day, parents who know the importance of keeping New Hampshire a great place to live, work, and raise a family heard from Governor Sununu and other elected officials about the need for advocacy and how best to go about contacting lawmakers like themselves.
“Sharing your story matters,” said Governor Sununu when addressing advocates about the need for, particularly as it relates to early childhood education. “I myself have changed my mind about an issue after hearing a personal story from someone.”
Parents were trained on how to follow a bill and identify the need for action, call or write to their representatives, sign in for or against a bill, and even participated in a mock hearing to get the full experience. They were also given a tour of the state house.
“We try to make it easy on parents to advocate,” said Julie Day, Strengthening Families Director at New Hampshire Children’s Trust. “We hope that being well-trained and comfortable with their representatives will help them pick up the phone and share their story when an important bill comes up this legislative session.”
About New Futures
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents. New Futures Kids Count is an initiative of New Futures focused on collecting and disseminating critical and reliable state-level data, policy recommendations, and tools for legislators, public officials, and advocates to advance positive policies for Granite State children and families. Learn more at new-futures.org.
About NH Children’s Trust
NH Children’s Trust’s mission is to lead the lead the drive to ensure safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advocating, and collaborating. They envision a New Hampshire where all children grow up free from abuse and neglect. For more information visit nhchildrenstrust.org.